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The Nature of a Work : Implications for the Organization of Knowledge - Richard P. Smiraglia

The Nature of a Work

Implications for the Organization of Knowledge

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Living legend Smiraglia has written the first book devoted exclusively to exploring the concept that is commonly referred to as a bibliographic "Work." In bringing together material from both inside and outside the discipline of information studies, he traces the continuing development of catalogs, search engines, and other kinds of information retrieval tools, the better to understand the maze of editions and revisions and translations that make up the evolution of a Work.

Two appendixes contain charts demonstrating the evolution of concepts and definitions of a Work; a third contains a summary of the sampling technique employed to generate the data in chapter 5 "Defining the Work in Quantatative Terms" and chapter 6 "The Constitution of Bibliographic Families."

I can highly recommend this book to library science professors, catalogers, and information organization experts as a seminal work on this topic, one that will guide and direct future research in this area for many years to come. portal: Libraries and the Academy Richard Smiraglia has produced a timely contribution: the first book-length exploration of the concept of the work in bibliographic description. Knowledge Organization Interdisciplinary, thought-provoking, and carefully researched, this book serves as a prompt for contemplation, analysis and additional research on how and why we organize and / or retrieve knowledge. College & Research Libraries

List of Tablesp. vii
List of Figuresp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
What Is the Nature of a Work?p. 1
The Bibliographic Universep. 1
Works and the Design of Bibliographic Retrieval Systemsp. 6
Works and Textsp. 8
The Digital Imperative: What Is an Electronic Work?p. 10
How Do We Answer the Question: What Is the Nature of a Work?p. 12
The Concept of the Work in Anglo-American Cataloging: An Historical Narrativep. 15
A Multiplicity of Editionsp. 16
The "Literary Unit"p. 19
The International Conference on Cataloguing Principles (1961)p. 22
Defining "The Work"p. 25
From Multiplicity to Bibliographic Relationshipsp. 32
Bibliographic Relationships Give Parameters to the Concept of a Workp. 35
The Humphrey Clinker Effectp. 35
A Taxonomy of Bibliographic Relationshipsp. 38
A Taxonomy of Derivationp. 41
Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Recordsp. 46
Toward Consensus on the Concept of the Workp. 50
Reflections on the Creative Task: Linguistics, Philosophy, Semiotics, and Bibliographyp. 53
Works as Vehicles for Communicationp. 54
Volatility of Works--Varieties of Perception in Reception of Worksp. 59
Volatility of Texts--Changes in Representation of Worksp. 66
Evolution in the Creatorship of Worksp. 68
A Work Is a Cultural Phenomenonp. 72
Defining the Work in Quantitative Termsp. 75
Early Research Indicating the Presence of Derivative Bibliographic Relationshipsp. 76
Research Describing Derivative Bibliographic Relationshipsp. 80
Works in Librariesp. 82
The Incidence of Derivative Bibliographic Relationshipsp. 87
Characteristics of Works with Bibliographic Familiesp. 89
Summarizing the Datap. 101
The Constitution of Bibliographic Familiesp. 103
Qualitative Analysis of Bibliographic Familiesp. 104
Evolution of Worksp. 118
Toward a Theory of the Workp. 121
The Paradigm of the Workp. 121
The Social Role of Worksp. 122
The Quantitative Evidencep. 126
Methodological Implicationsp. 128
The Parameters of a Theory of the Workp. 129
Implications for Knowledge Organizationp. 131
Conclusionp. 132
Works Citedp. 135
Definitions of a Workp. 145
Instantiations of a Workp. 153
Sampling Worksp. 155
Sampling Framesp. 155
Sampling Works at Georgetownp. 156
Sampling Works from OCLC WorldCatp. 160
Sampling Theological Worksp. 161
General Remarks about the Sampling Techniquep. 164
Glossaryp. 165
Indexp. 171
About the Authorp. 182
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ISBN: 9780810840379
ISBN-10: 0810840375
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 1st September 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.4