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Towards AACR3: a review of the implications of OPACs for cataloguing codes and practices

Rowley, Jennifer (1989) Towards AACR3: a review of the implications of OPACs for cataloguing codes and practices. Library Review, 38 (3). pp. 7-18. ISSN 1758-793X

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Abstract

The increasing availability of on-line public access catalogues (OPACs) offers a new mode of access to all types of library and information sources. The changing role of the catalogue merits a reassessment of the role of cataloguing codes. A wholesale revision of AACR is required. The basic purpose of a cataloguing code is standardisation of description, headings and punctuation. The essential nature of retrieval in OPACs is that retrieval can be based on words anywhere in a record. This has implications for the contents of the record, and merits a complete reassessment of the role of access points in catalogues.

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