Best of LRTS Award

About the Edward Swanson Memorial Best of LRTS Award
The Best of LRTS Award is given to the author(s) of the best paper published each year in the official journal of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, Library Resources & Technical Services.

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2000 Recipient(s)

An Analysis of Tables of Contents in Recent English Language Books

Robert Conrad Winke <p>LRTS, vol. 43, no. 1, January 1999, pp. 45-60</p>
In response to current trends in cataloging to pare down the amount of description in the catalog record, Winke investigated and convincingly demonstrated that tables of contents are relatively straightforward and brief. The author clearly and concisely addressed issues including the percentage of titles with TOCs suitable for inclusion, the average length of the TOC's, and the hierarchical complexity of TOCs. The topic is significant to ALCTS because it links the utility and construction of catalog records to the evidence that the inclusion of tables of contents in catalog records increases retrieval potential. The article is well-written and practical. It is a well researched article and a welcome addition to the literature of technical services.