The Role and Function of National Bibliographies for Research in Different Academic Disciplines

A special issue of Cataloging & Classification Quarterly will explore the role and function of national bibliographies for research in different academic disciplines. Questions around why and how a national bibliography is a relevant choice of source for researchers will be examined.

Submissions for this special issue should focus on user perspectives on national bibliographies. The guest editors would like to reach out to cataloging and metadata professionals at a variety of libraries, archives and bibliographical agencies. Submissions by researchers in library- and information science, literary studies, history or other related fields are encouraged. Papers could consider but are not limited to the following topics.

Suggestions for topics:

· National bibliographies as a source of data that can be used for research

· The interplay of national bibliographies and library collections

· The inclusion of new media formats and full text resources in national bibliographies

· Describing the purpose of compiling a comprehensive description of a country’s publishing output: new conceptualizations

· User awareness regarding the characteristics of national bibliographic data

· The relationship of national bibliographic data to metadata from national union catalogs

· Relevance of national bibliographies in relation to other metadata suppliers of publication data, i.e. publishers, culture heritage institutions, organizations etc.

· Projects including national bibliographies presenting examples of metadata collaborations outside the library contexts

Cataloging & Classification Quarterly emphasizes full-length research and review articles, descriptions of new programs and technology relevant to cataloging and classification, considered speculative articles on improved methods of bibliographic control for the future, and solicited book reviews. Articles are peer-reviewed. For more details, visit the Instructions for Authors page.

Important Dates

· Abstract (up to 300 words) due to by January 15, 2018

· Notification of appropriateness: February 15, 2018

· Manuscript submission: July 1, 2018 (Each manuscript should be in the range of 5,000-8,000 words)

· Notification of acceptance/rejection: September 15, 2018

· Final papers due: November 1, 2018

· Publication is scheduled for March 2019

Acceptance of a proposal/abstract does not guarantee publication. All manuscript submissions will be subject to peer review.

Editorial information

· Guest Editors: Dr. Ylva Sommerland, National Bibliography Division, National Library of Sweden; Eva Häusner, Collection and Research Development, National Library of Sweden, contact:

· Editor-in-Chief: Sandra K. Roe, Illinois State University

· Associate Editor: Marie-France Plassard, Paris, France

Cataloging & Classification Quarterly is respected as an international forum for discussion in all aspects of bibliographic organization. It presents a balance between theoretical and applied articles in the field of cataloging and classification, and considers the full spectrum of creation, content, management, and use and usability of both bibliographic records and catalogs. This includes the principles, functions, and techniques of descriptive cataloging; the wide range of methods of subject analysis and classification; provision of access for all formats of materials; and policies, planning, and issues connected to the effective use of bibliographic data in modern society.

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