Cataloging correctly for kids

For Immediate Release
Mon, 10/04/2010


Rob Christopher

CHICAGO—ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, announces the release of the fifth edition of Cataloging Correctly for Kids: An Introduction to the Tools,edited by Sheila S. Intner, Joanna F. Fountain and Jean Weihs. It is a time of productive and exciting changes in the cataloging world, and cataloging materials intended for children and young adults are placed squarely in the middle of this upheaval. Including advice contributed by experienced, practicing librarians, and based on guidelines issued by the Association for Library Cataloging and Technical Services (ALCTS), this handbook is a one-stop resource for librarians who organize information for children. Revisions include:

  • Comprehensive updates on bibliographic description and subject access;
  • A new chapter exploring cataloging for non-English-speaking and preliterate children;
  • Guidance on when and how to move to RDA, the next generation of cataloging standards.
This title is also available as an eEditions e-book, containing the complete text of the print edition in PDF format, and as part of a print/e-book bundle.
Intner, a prolific author and editor, is professor emerita of the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science and was the founding director of its MLIS program at Mount Holyoke College. She teaches cataloging at Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information and the University of Maryland’s College of Library and Information Science. In 1989, she was elected an ALA councilor-at-large and president of ALCTS. She has also served as chair of the Cataloging and Classification Section of ALCTS.

Fountain is assistant professor of library science at Sam Houston State University. During her career, which began as a library page at Syracuse University, she has worked in children’s services and as a bookmobile librarian. She has completed a variety of cataloging projects and served Texas schools as liaison for the K–12 union catalog. Throughout her career, she has sought to combine her dual interests in Spanish and library science. She conducts workshops and has been working on a bilingual subject heading list designed to increase access to library collections for Spanish speakers. She has written or edited several books.

Weihs has worked as a school librarian and in university, public and special libraries as a reference librarian and bibliographer. Most of her career has involved cataloging. She served as director of the Library Techniques Program at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology and has taught at UCLA and Simmons College. She was a member of the Joint Steering Committee for Revision of AACR for nine years, serving five years as chair, and has written or edited numerous publications.
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