This third edition of Taylor's modern classic continues to articulate the theory, principles, standards, and tools behind information organization. As with previous editions, it begins with strong justification for the continued importance of organizing principles and practice. Following a broad overview of the concept and its role in human endeavors, Taylor and Joudrey provide a detailed and insightful discussion of such basic retrieval tools as inventories, bibliographies, catalogs, indexes, finding aids, registers, databases, major bibliographic utilities, and other organizing entities; and subsequently trace the development of the organization of recorded information in Western civilization from 2000 B.C.E. to the present. Standards of codification (MARC, SGML, and various DTDs), controlled vocabularies and ontologies, and Web 2.0 techlogies are but a sample of its extensive topical coverage. Still the title of choice for students and professionals eager to embrace the heritage, immediacy, and future of this fascinating field of study.
Arlene G. Taylor is professor emerita, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, and author of several works on cataloging and classification and authority control. She has received ALA's Margaret Mann Citation in Cataloging and Classification and the ALA Highsmith Library Literature Award. Daniel N. Joudrey is assistant professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts, where he teaches information organization and cataloging. His research interests include aboutness determination, subject access to information, and cataloging education.