Library Trends 02 (2) Fall 1953: Current Trends in Cataloging and Classification


Library Trends 2 (2) Fall 1953: Current Trends in Cataloging and Classification. Edited by Maurice F. Tauber.

In this series of papers on cataloging and classification and related matters, the authors have tried to adhere to the purpose of Library Trends, to recapitulate evaluatively current thought and practice, and to single out ideas and procedures which hold potentialities for future improvement. Some have been more historical than others, but since this is the first issue of the journal devoted exclusively to the topic in question, the editor has encouraged a backward look. Because cataloging and classification result in large and complex records and systems, which are expensive to change, it is difficult for many librarians to move rapidly in the acceptance of proposals which modify drastically current rules or practice. The historical background, therefore, is pivotal.

The following papers as a group raise many unsolved problems of cataloging and classification. Administrators of large libraries particularly, since they face more complicated situations than occur in smaller units, are beginning to take stock of current conditions so that plans may be worked out for the future. Temporary solutions to remove momentary pressures in a local library situation may be one way of proceeding, but they might well be studied in relation to the national problem of cataloging. This area of librarianship requires the attention of all thinking members of the profession.

Library Trends (ISSN 0024-2594) is an essential tool for librarians and educators alike. Each issue thoroughly explores a current topic of interest in professional librarianship and includes practical applications, thorough analyses, and literature reviews. The journal is published quarterly for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science by The Johns Hopkins University Press. For subscription information, call 800-548-1784 (410-516-6987 outside the U.S. and Canada), email jlorder [at], or visit

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