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Concise AACR2

The Concise AACR2, 4th Edition

Through the 2004 Update

Prepared by Michael Gorman

Prepared by Michael Gorman, published jointly by the American Library Association (ALA), the Canadian Library Association (CLA), and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)

208 pages, 6" x 9", Softcover
ISBN: 0-8389-3548-4
October 2004

This practical guidebook, now in its fourth edition, has been fully revised and is now in concordance with AACR2, 2002 Revision, 2004 Update.

Michael Gorman, co-editor of the original AACR2, explains the more generally applicable AACR2 rules for cataloguing library materials in simplified terms that make the rules more accessible and practical for practitioners and students who are in less complex library and bibliographic environments.

This new fourth edition provides clear, user-friendly, “need-to-know” guidance for:

  • small libraries that need to do standard cataloging but don't need all the details of structure and content of the full text;
  • beginning students who need to learn about cataloging but do not intend to be catalogers;
  • paraprofessionals engaged in copy cataloguing; and
  • international cataloguers who require a summary of AACR2 practice.
For cataloguers learning the ropes, The Concise AACR2, Fourth Edition will provide a bridge as they progress to more complicated cataloguing. Featuring new examples and updates throughout, a glossary of important cataloguing terms used in the rules, and a concordance with AACR2 , this is the must-have reference book for all librarians.

Table of Contents

Joint Steering Committee for Revision of AACR



General introduction

PART 1: Description


Rules 0–11   The description of library materials

PART 2: Headings, Uniform Titles, and References


Rules 21–29   Choice of access points

Rules 30–44   Headings for persons

Rules 45–47   Geographic names

Rules 48–56   Headings for corporate bodies

Rules 57–61   Uniform titles

Rules 62–65   References


I   Capitalization

II   Glossary

III   Comparative table of rule numbers


About the Author

Michael Gorman is dean of library services at the Henry Madden Library, California State University, Fresno. He has taught at library schools in his native Britain and in the United States—most recently as visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Library and Information Science (summer sessions). He is the first editor of the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, Second Edition (ALA, CLA, LA, 1978) and of the revision of that work (1988). He is the author of The Concise AACR2 (ALA,CLA, LA, 1989); and The Enduring Library (ALA, 2003). Future Libraries: Dreams, Madness, and Reality, co-written with Walt Crawford, was honored with the 1997 Blackwell’s Scholarship Award. His most recent book, published by ALA in 1997, is titled Our Singular Strengths: Meditations for Librarians. Gorman is the author of more than 100 articles in professional and scholarly journals. He has given numerous presentations at international, national, and state conferences. A fellow of the British Library Association (CILIP) and the 1992 recipient of the Melvil Dewey Medal, Gorman was elected President of the American Library Association, 2005–06.

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