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Attempts to Deal With the Crisis in Cataloging at the Library of Congress in the 1940's.


This article provides a review of the ten-year period at the Library of Congress (LC) during which attempts to deal with the "crisis in cataloging" set the stage for the profound changes in Anglo-American cataloging theory and rules that occurred during the 1950s and 1960s. The review centers around the previously unpublished report of the Librarian's Committee, which recommended reorganization, simplified cataloging, cooperative cataloging, changes in personnel policies, and changes in methods of cost analysis. Each of these recommendations is examined in detail, and the results of implementation are traced through the decade that followed.

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