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Concise AACR2: Fourth Edition through the 2004 Update
Michael Gorman
Item Number: 978-0-8389-3548-4
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $62.00
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208 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-3548-4
Year Published: 2004
This practical guidebook, now in its fourth edition, has been fully revised and is now in concordance with AACR2, 2002 Revision 2004 Update. Michael Gorman, co-editor of the original AACR2, explains the more generally applicable AACR2 rules for cataloging library materials in simplified terms that make the rules more accessible and practical for practitioners and students who are in less complex library and bibliographic environments.

This new fourth edition provides clear, user-friendly “need to know” guidance for:

  • Small libraries that require standard cataloging but don’t need all the details of structure and content of the full text

  • Beginning students who need to learn about cataloging but do not intend to be catalogers

  • Paraprofessionals engaged in copy cataloging

  • International catalogers who prefer a summary of AACR2 practice

For catalogers learning the ropes, The Concise AACR2, Fourth Edition will provide a bridge as they progress to more complicated cataloging. Featuring new examples and updates throughout, a glossary of important cataloging terms used in the rules, and a concordance with AACR2, this is the must-have reference book for all librarians.
Table of Contents

Joint Steering Committee for Revision of AACR



General introduction

PART 1: Description


Rules 0–11   The description of library materials

PART 2: Headings, Uniform Titles, and References


Rules 21–29   Choice of access points

Rules 30–44   Headings for persons

Rules 45–47   Geographic names

Rules 48–56   Headings for corporate bodies

Rules 57–61   Uniform titles

Rules 62–65   References


I   Capitalization

II   Glossary

III   Comparative table of rule numbers


About the Author
Michael Gorman is dean of library services at the Henry Madden Library, California State University, Fresno. He has taught at library schools in his native Britain and in the United States—most recently as visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Library and Information Science (summer sessions). He is the first editor of the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, Second Edition (ALA, CLA, LA, 1978) and of the revision of that work (1988). He is the author of The Concise AACR2 (ALA,CLA, LA, 1989); and The Enduring Library (ALA, 2003). Future Libraries: Dreams, Madness, and Reality, co-written with Walt Crawford, was honored with the 1997 Blackwell’s Scholarship Award. His most recent book, published by ALA in 1997, is titled Our Singular Strengths: Meditations for Librarians. Gorman is the author of more than 100 articles in professional and scholarly journals. He has given numerous presentations at international, national, and state conferences. A fellow of the British Library Association (CILIP) and the 1992 recipient of the Melvil Dewey Medal, Gorman was elected President of the American Library Association, 2005–06.

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