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This companion website of the textbook

Cataloging and Classification: An Introduction, 5th ed.

by Athena Salaba and Lois Mai Chan

includes additional resources, such as readings, links to cataloging & classification websites, tools, training materials, and exercises and demonstrations. 

Instructors can contact to request access to the Instructor resources, a space with additional teaching materials.  

About the Book

This fifth edition of the late Lois Mai Chan’s classic Cataloging and Classification covers the analysis and representation of methods used in describing, organizing, and providing access to resources made available in or through libraries. Athena Salaba, who coauthored the fourth edition, also revised this new edition. The most notable changes since the last edition, published in 2016, include an introduction to the IFLA Library Reference Model (LRM), updated text and examples to reflect the new Resource Description and Access (RDA) guidelines, a discussion on BIBFRAME, cataloging ethics, and other processes within the broader context of cataloging.


Divided into six seven parts—a general overview; record production and structure, encoding formats, and metadata records; RDA (original and official); subject access and controlled vocabularies; the organization of library resources; encoding & records of bibliographic and authority data; and cataloging ethics—this book includes lists of the standards and tools used in the preparation and processing of cataloging records covered, lists of RDA elements, and sample records.

This book is the standard text for the teaching and understanding of cataloging and classification. Its companion website with interactive learning activities and supplementary materials located at make it a true multimedia learning tool.

978-1-5381-3291-3 • Hardback 

978-1-5381-3292-0 • Paperback 

978-1-5381-3293-7 • eBook 

About the authors

Athena Salaba, Professor at the School of Information, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, is the co-author of four books and author of a number of book chapters, journal articles, and conference papers.

She holds a Ph.D. in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Salaba served as the Co-chair and Secretary of the IFLA Working Group on the Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Records (FRSAR), Chair of the Subject Analysis Committee (SAC) of ALA’s ALCTS Division, and a member of the IFLA Bibliographic Conceptual Models (BCM) Review Group, previously the FRBR Review Group. She serves as the Chair of the IFLA Subject Analysis and Access (SAA) section and Treasurer and member of the International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO) Board of Directors. She is an appointed member of the ALA Committee on Accreditation.

Her research areas include the organization of information, metadata, knowledge organization systems, subject access to information, conceptual modeling of bibliographic data, intercultural awareness of information professionals, knowledge organization education and competencies, user-information interactions, and user experience studies.

She teaches graduate courses on resource description and access (descriptive cataloging) and subject analysis, representation, and access.


The late Lois Mai Chan was professor emerita at the School of Library and Information Science, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, and was the author of eight books and numerous articles and co-editor of two collections in the areas of knowledge organization and subject indexing. In 1989, Chan was awarded the Margaret Mann Citation for Outstanding Achievement in Cataloging and Classification given by the American Library Association. In 1992, she received the Distinguished Service Award from the Chinese- American Librarians Association. In 1999, Chan and Diane Vizine-Goetz were chosen for the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services’ (ALCTS) Best of LRTS Award for the Best Article Published in 1998. In 2006, Chan received the Beta Phi Mu (International Honor Society for Library and Information Science) Award for distinguished service to education for librarianship. From 1986 to 1991, Chan served as the chair of the Decimal Classification Editorial Policy Committee. She served as a member of the IFLA Standing Committee on Knowledge Management and the IFLA Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Data (FRSAD) Working Group. Her research interests included knowledge organization, subject vocabulary, authority control, metadata, and organization and retrieval of Web resources.


Content & Support


Molly Bevan, MLIS, for all the contributions to this work

Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D., for the mentoring, advice, and continuous support

My family for their continued support, understanding, and reminders of what is important

Content, Permissions, and Support 

  • American Library Association (ALA)

  • Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI)

  • Getty Research Institute

  • International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) 

  • Library of Congress

  • National Library of Medicine

  • OCLC

  • RDA Steering Committee (RSC) 

  • Sears List of Subject Headings

Great appreciation to:

  • Those in the field of cataloging and classification for their continued efforts to improve the organization and access to information.

  • Those who volunteer many hours in the development of standards, guidelines, best practices, and procedures.

  • Those who teach in the areas of information organization, cataloging & classification, metadata, and knowledge organization systems.

  • Those who are interested in learning about these areas.

  • Kent State University for the support and opportunities it has provided me.

  • Rowman & Littlefield Publishers and the individuals who helped realize this book

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