Daniel Joudrey Updates Classic Cataloging Textbook
Assistant Professor Daniel Joudrey has published an 11th edition of Introduction to Cataloging and Classification (Libraries Unlimited, September 2015). On behalf of the InfoLink, we asked him a few questions about what it was like to update this important work.
What inspired you to create an eleventh edition of Introduction to Cataloging and Classification?
With the enormous changes that have occurred within the field, the time was right for a major re-envisioning of this classic textbook. Cataloging students and new catalogers alike needed an up-to-date account of the process of cataloging that is grounded in today’s practices and squarely situated in the conceptual framework that has been developing over the past decade. I feel very fortunate to have been chosen to be the lead author of the 11th edition, which in many ways is actually a new work. Nearly 70% of the content is new, with the rest being revised and expanded to ensure accuracy and currency; the book has nearly doubled in size!
What makes this updated edition important?
This work reflect the changes in the field of cataloging, but it’s been written with no assumptions that the reader will have any experience with the “old ways” of cataloging. Although there are some references to former practices and formerly used terminology, these are kept to a minimum and there is no expectation that the reader will have used the older standards. I call it a “baggage-free” approach to cataloging.
What was the greatest challenge for writing this book?
Keeping current. For example, RDA, the descriptive cataloging standard, is updated quarterly. While working on the book, there were 7-8 updates—some of which were major. Keeping on top of those changes is difficult in professional practice and in writing about those practices.
What part of the book did you find most rewarding?
All of it was incredibly rewarding. My interests are primarily in subject analysis and subject headings, so I enjoyed the writing of those chapters, but I think, though, that I am particularly happy with chapter 9, which walks the reader through the thought process of descriptive cataloging. It’s different from anything else in the book and it ties together all the previous chapters on descriptive cataloging to make the process more concrete.
When the first typeset pages showed up for review, I felt an great sense of pride in seeing my thoughts, new approaches, and words come together on the pages. It’s wonderful to see something that you’ve created, nurtured, and fussed over for two years finally come to fruition.