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Maps and Related Cartographic Materials:
Cataloging, Classification, and Bibliographic Control
edited by Paige G. Andrews and Mary Lynette Larsgaard
This book was co-published simultaneously as volume 27, numbers 1-2 and 3-4, 1999, of
Cataloging and Classification Quarterly
. The only difference between the book and the combined issues of the journal is that the book has an index. Of course, another advantage to buying the book is that one can keep the book at hand to refer to while leaving all the issues of the journal together. This book's main sections cover MARC tags for cataloging cartographic materials, an overview of map cataloging, cataloging specific types of material such as map series and serials, globes, geologic sections, printed atlases, and aerial photographs and other remote-sensing images, cataloging early cartographic material, metadata and cataloging digital cartographic material, classification and the assigning of subject headings to cartographic material, retrospective conversion of map collections, and cataloging cartographic material in archives. The editors have also included a table of acronyms. The authors of some of the chapters in the book refer the reader to other chapters in the book, which is useful, and is a feature not usually found in books in which the chapters are written by different authors.
This is a very useful book that fills in a large gap that has existed in tools for map cataloging.
Cartographic Materials: A Manual of the Interpretationfor AACR2
is still useful, but it is so outdated by the publication of revisions to AACR2 and the advent of electronic cartographic material that it is confusing. This will be remedied when the revised edition is published, but many audio-visual material catalogers still have to go on cataloging maps in the meantime. The Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress's
Map Cataloging Manual
is helpful, but it covers LC's policy on certain aspects of map cataloging but really does not cover map cataloging as a whole and does not include all the different types of material this book covers. Basic map cataloging workshops are offered by several groups, but except for the Library of Congress's summer map program, there aren't many ways for catalogers who catalog maps to learn more beyond the basics on their own. This book addresses that need.
The authors of the chapters of this book are all well-known map catalogers and map librarians, but they write clearly enough that even beginning map catalogers can understand what they are saying. This book would be very useful to catalogers who catalog cartographic material only part of the time and do not have other map catalogers in their institution or even in their city to ask questions of.
I recommend this book for anyone who catalogs any type of cartographic material.
Published in 1999 by: Haworth Information Press, New York. (487 p.). ISBN 0-7890-0778-9 ($69.95).
Reviewed by Katherine Rankin
Special Formats Catalog Librarian
University of Nevada, Las Vegas