Basic map cataloging for non-map librarians (Part 2: Subject headings and classification)

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Subject headings should not cover little bits of areas included on the map. They should be as specific as the individual item warrants, and should not be restricted to three subject headings. The publisher's intent in publishing the map is important to take into consideration when assigning subject headings. The publisher's intent should only be ignored if it is misleading, for example, the title says the map is a tourist map, but it does not include any tourist information. If broad subject headings are used, specific subject headings should not also be used unless the map includes specific information, and, in that case, the subject heading should be justified by a note. The subdivision "--Road maps" is not usually used under names of cities since cities usually have streets instead of roads. Subject headings should be selected in regard to the needs of the patrons of the specific library. They should relate to the primary map, but subject headings can be added for other maps on the sheet such as marginal or inset maps. Marginal maps are around the edges of a map, and inset maps are inset within the neat lines. Subject headings should be made for a place name only if it is indexed, and the current name of a place should be used, and it should be changed if the place name changes. The exception would be if the new name no longer covers the same area, and, in that case, there would be two names. If the same area is covered, there would not be a series change.


Cataloging of maps; Classification; Maps; Subject cataloging


Cataloging and Metadata | Geography | Library and Information Science | Other Geography




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