Welcome to the homepage of the Journal of Internet Cataloging (JIC). Its purpose is to provide future readers of JIC with general information on this new journal, in addition to making important announcements during the initial stages of its creation and publication.
The first issue of JIC was published in February, 1996. It is published quarterly by Haworth Press, Inc., and its appearance and format will be familiar to readers of other Haworth journals, such as Cataloging & Classification Quarterly and Technical Services Quarterly. A full Web-based version of JIC is planned for the future. Its editor-in-chief is Ruth Carter, who leads an Editorial Board composed of internationally recognized professionals in the field of librarianship and information science. The Editor for Network Applications and Access is Roger Brisson.
The Journal of Internet Cataloging is an international quarterly focusing on the organization, access, and bibliographic control of Internet resources. It explores practical and theoretical issues in making electronic data available through remote access using the Internet. In recognizing the need to organize Internet resources to enhance their accessibility, the Journal of Internet Cataloging includes research on traditional library techniques and procedures for creating catalog records for Internet resources, as well as articles specific to their organization and control in a networked environment. In considering cataloging and classification broadly defined, JIC recognizes that in the digital environment these traditional fields may be applied in novel ways. Articles may treat enhancing access to resources such as electronic texts, software programs, data files, bibliographic databases, or graphic files, found on a wide variety of platforms such as the World Wide Web, Gopher, or via FTP. The Journal of Internet Cataloging publishes full-length research and review articles, along with descriptions of new programs and technology. Appropriate topics include aspects of subject analysis and classification specific to Internet resources; managerial or administrative issues dealing with policy or planning; and organizational issues treating methods for accessing networked electronic resources. The journal also encompasses contemporary research on user behavior and on social theories of information organization and access. Reviews of relevant software, innovative Internet sites, and books are included.
Three theme issues are nearing completion for JIC.
One issue that treats Internet searching from the standpoint of comparing
thesauri-based and keyword searching is guest edited by James Shearer and Alan
Thomas. Daniel Pitti and Wendy Duff
are preparing an issue on Encoded Archival Description.
Jane Greenberg has a large compilation in progress that treats the
cataloging of educational resources on the Internet.
All of these issues are expected to be ready for production in the Fall
and available in print in early 2000. The
abstracts and tables of contents will be posted to the JIC home page
approximately one month after the material for each issue is received for
production by Haworth Press.
Another theme issue is in progress on OCLC’s CORC
project. Karen Calhoun and John
Riemer are serving as guest editors for that issue which is anticipated to be
ready for production in Spring 2000.
In addition to the theme issues JIC will continue to publish general issues with articles on a variety of topics. The general issues will also include the JIC columns including “42”, “News” and “Metaviews: Research & Education.” Additional columns may be added.