The language of the cataloguer (part 1). The author


  • Lucia Sardo University of Bologna, Ravenna Campus



cataloging, cataloging rules, authorship, access points, non authorial responsibilities


The paper analyses the evolution of the language of cataloguing, focusing on the concept of authorship. It evaluates cataloguing principles, rules and theory, from Cutter to ICP 2016, in order to study the modification of the idea of author in cataloguing and the emerging importance of non-authorial responsibilities as access points for the organization of catalogues. 


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How to Cite

Sardo, L. (2017). The language of the cataloguer (part 1). The author. Bibliothecae.It, 6(2), 339–383.