Maxwell's Handbook for AACR2: Explaining and Illustrating the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules through the 2003 Update

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For application of the most current Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, there is but one standard: Maxwell's Handbook for AACR2. This practical and authoritative cataloging how-to, now in its Fourth Edition, has been completely revised inclusive of the 2003 update to AACR2.

Designed to interpret and explain AACR2,Maxwell illustrates and applies the latest cataloging rules to the MARC record for every type of information format. Focusing on the concept of integrating resources, where relevant information may be available in different formats, the revised edition also addresses the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) and the cataloging needs of electronic books and digital reproductions of physical items such as booksand maps.

From books and pamphlets to sound recordings, music, manuscripts, maps,and more, this is the most comprehensive and straightforward guide to interpreting and applying standard cataloging rules. Learn:

  • How and when to apply the rules
  • What has changed in MARC21 coding
  • How the rules help organize descriptive and bibliographic information
  • What are uniform titles for unusual formats or materials
  • How to select access points
  • Extensive updates have resulted in all-new chapters covering cartographic materials, electronic resources, and continuing resources (formerly called serials).

Illustrated with over 490 figures, showing actual MARC catalog records, this is the must-have AACR2 guide for catalogers, LIS students, and cataloging instructors.

Abbreviations vii
Preface ix
Introduction xiii

1 General Rules for Description 1
2 Books, Pamphlets, and Printed Sheets 104
3 Cartographic Materials 120
4 Manuscripts (Including Manuscript Collections) 141
5 Music (AACR2 Chapters 5, 21.18–21.22, and 25.25–25.35) 151
6 Sound Recordings 172
7 Motion Pictures and Videorecordings 195
8 Graphic Materials 207
9 Electronic Resources 223
10 Three-Dimensional Artefacts and Realia 246
11 Microforms 252
12 Continuing Resources 260
13 Analysis 297
14 Choice of Access Points (AACR2 Chapter 21) 302
15 Headings for Persons (AACR2 Chapter 22) 361
16 Geographic Names (AACR2 Chapter 23) 415
17 Headings for Corporate Bodies (AACR2 Chapter 24) 417
18 Uniform Titles (AACR2 Chapter 25) 469

Index 499

Robert L. Maxwell

Robert L. Maxwell is a Senior Librarian at the Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, where he has chaired the Special Collections and Formats Catalog Department. He is the author of Maxwell’s Handbook for RDA (ALA Editions, 2013), which won the 2014 ABC-CLIO Award for Best Book in Library Literature and the ALCTS 2015 Outstanding Publication Award. He also won the ALA Highsmith Library Literature Award for 2002 for the book Maxwell’s Guide to Authority Work (ALA Editions, 2002) and is the author of a number of other books on cataloging published by the American Library Association. He has taught cataloging at Brigham Young University and the University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science and has chaired the Bibliographic Standards Committee of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). He has been a voting member of the ALCTS Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access, the body responsible for developing official ALA positions on additions to and revisions of RDA, and currently is the liaison between that committee and ALA’s Subject Analysis Committee. In addition to an M.L.S. from the University of Arizona, he holds a J.D. from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in classical languages and literatures from the University of Toronto.

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