MARC Authority Records Made Easy:
A Simplified Guide to Creating Authority Records for Library Automation Systems

by Scott Piepenburg
F&W Associates
2000; $35.00
ISBN: 0-9652126-3-7

Using the same, easy-to-use format of Piepenburg's Easy MARC 3rd Edition, this volume helps the cataloger build quality authority records for personal names, corporate names, meeting names, uniform titles, topical terms, geographic names, and their subdivisions. Piepenburg gives the cataloger examples that cover the most common problems a cataloger encounters. Like Easy MARC, it is an indispensible reference to have at the elbow.

4th Edition

Scott Piepenburg
F &W Associates
ISBN: 0-9652126-0-2; 1999; $30.00

If you have an automated cataloging system and do any cataloging using the MARC records, this is the users bible. Arranged like a dictionary, tag by tag, the user can look up any tag and find easy-to-understand explanations of what information to put in the tag and in what form. Piepenburg not only explains the tag, but gives numerous examples that cover 90% of the cases one would face. In addition, references to AACR2 and USMARC Bibliographic rules and rule numbers help the cataloger refer to the authoritative sources quickly to make correct judgments.

Built upon Piepenburg's earlier volumes (Easy MARC and More Easy MARC), this book is a tool for cataloging all forms of media, not just books. It incorporates the latest use of the format integration procedures used by the Library of Congress. Rules and examples have been updated for this edition.

Of value particularly for beginners, this book is also a quick source to find examples for the experienced cataloger, particularly the cross references that relate various tags to each other.

Scott Piepenburg is a specialist in cataloging and has worked for Follett and the Dallas Public Schools. He gives many seminars on MARC cataloging.