INF451 Issues in Bibliographic Access (8)

This subject examines key issues involved in contemporary library cataloguing and the application of bibliographic standards to a wide range of resources and user contexts. The standards studied, both practically and theoretically, include Resource Description and Access (RDA), MARC 21, Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC). Students learn how such standards can be optimally employed in particular, local environments, and to critically evaluate policy and practice with reference to theoretical models such as those originating from the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) report.

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Session 1 (30)
SPACE, University of Hong Kong
Wagga Wagga Campus

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Information Studies

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have completed  INF102, INF216, INF328, INF411 or INF510.

Assumed Knowledge

It is expected that students would have completed the core subject, Metadata and Resource Discovery.

Incompatible Subjects

INF102, INF216, INF328, INF411, INF510

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply key bibliographic standards with professional judgement;
  • be able to develop local cataloguing policy with reference to specific user and library contexts;
  • be able to appraise the value and functions of bibliographic and authority control; and
  • be able to critically discuss key issues affecting contemporary cataloguing practice.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Bibliographic standards
  • Descriptive cataloguing
  • Machine readable cataloguing
  • Subject indexing
  • Bibliographic classification
  • The future of cataloguing


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.