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ment in 1965. The project catalogs current Hebrew books which
are thought likely to be acquired by many public libraries. The
selection policy, in effect, is to catalog all Hebrew publications
of commercial publishers except for elementary school texts,
workbooks, serials, and Rabbinic literature. A selection is also
made of publications by non-commercial publishers when the
subject matter seems to be of sufficient interest to a certain
number of public libraries.
Current books are cataloged upon publication from copies
sent to the Center’s offices (these are the source of only a small
minority of cards) or to a number of designated bookstores
where they are set aside un til cataloged. T he cards are prepared
in accordance with the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, in-
eluding revisions which have been accepted by a jo in t committee
of the ILA and the Center, and carry classification numbers from
the Abridged Dewey Decimal Clasification, modified—par-
ticularly in the fields of Judaica and the State of Israel—to meet
the needs of libraries in Israel. Un til mid-1976 only main entry
cards were prepared, with subscribing libraries receiving as many
copies as they wished. Since June 1976, libraries subscribing to
“complete sets” (mandatory for libraries under supervision) re-
ceive for each book cataloged a main entry card and as many
added entry cards as are listed in the tracing. The cards are
sent in weekly batches to subscribing libraries, who use them
not only as catalog cards bu t also as a current awareness service.
W ith the cessation of the publication of
Accessions List: Israel
by the Library of Congress, several foreign libraries which have
collections of current Hebraica also use the cards for this pur-
pose. Stocks of main entry cards are kept and renewed for at
least 5 years in the Center’s offices, and may be ordered by mail.
The Center has also printed and distributed a “Basic Catalog”
consisting of cards for 8,000 selected Hebrew titles published
between 1948 and September 1963. Both the Basic and Cur-
rent Catalog will continue to serve as important bibliographic
tools until the publication of a retrospective cumulative na-
tional bibliography. The Center is now preparing a computer-
ized data-base of short cataloging information of the estimated
25,000 cards in its catalogs, from which a cumulated au tho r/
title list will be published.
In 1971, a current catalog of selected books of Rabbinic