The Development of the Catalog and Cataloging Codes

  title={The Development of the Catalog and Cataloging Codes},
  author={Ruth French Strout},
  journal={The Library Quarterly},
  pages={254 - 275}
IT WOULD, I believe, be a customary procedure to start this conference with a definition of its subject. At first thought, "catalog" would seem to be a simple enough word to define; yet the major component of the word involves one of the oldest and most discussed definitions in the entire history of words. The word "catalog" is the Greek phrase kata logos. Kata means "by" or "according to"-the puzzle lies in the word logos. A variety of meanings have been attributed to the word, and in… 
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