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ecord stored elsewhere in machine-readable form. The flexibility
and responsiveness to change which were among the chief
advantages of a card catalog can now be achieved in the com­
puterized book catalog, i f it is updated and reissued often enough,
while many disadvantages of the card catalog are overcome.
The W idener Judaica, although conceived as a shelflist, deserves
to be considered in a discussion of catalogs. It provides access
through the classification scheme, a chronological arrangement
and an author-title list. Included are 9,074 Judaica titles in
Roman characters. Bibliographic information is minimal, but
the volume is convenient and approaches the “title-a-line catalog"
concept of many years ago.3
The Dictionary catalog of the research libraries is not, strictly
speaking, a Jewish catalog at all, bu t contains, along with every­
thing else, records of all Judaica and Hebraica cataloged after
a certain date. Library of Congress and Anglo-American catalog­
ing rules are followed whenever possible. Au thor and subject
entries appear in one alphabetical sequence, a feature not found
in the National union catalog. A separate list in Hebrew alpha­
betical order and including title main entries and title added
entries for all works in Hebrew characters is bound at the end
of the last volume, arranged for proper right-to-left perusal.
This catalog now uses photo-composed Roman, Hebrew and
Cyrillic characters. Tracings are not displayed, but are found in
the machine record and the shelf list and are retrievable. The
catalog consists of a basic set and a supplement. The basic set
is completely updated over a twelve-month period. A t the mo­
ment of writing, the catalog consists of 35 volumes in its basic
set and a five-volume supplement. Although there are now no
plans for issuing a separate catalog o f Judaica o r Hebraica, this
could be done in the future.
Improved techniques for reproducing cards and the availability
of the computer are but two developments that have brought
important changes to the library world. Jewish collections are
a part of that world, and their catalogs have been affected ac­
cordingly. For the future, the only thing about which we can
be fa irly certain is further change.
3 David C. Weber, “Book Catalogs: Prospects in the Decade Ahead,” in
Robert E. Kingery and Maurice F. Tauber, eds., Book Catalogs, New York,
Scarecrow Press, 1963, p. 42.