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Richard P. Smiraglia

 

Publications by Richard P. Smiraglia (bibliography)

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2011
 
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Smiraglia, Richard P., Lee, Hur-Li and Olson, Hope A. (2011): Epistemic presumptions of authorship. In: Proceedings of the 2011 iConference 2011. pp. 137-143. Available online

The major concern of this paper is the cultural ramification of the bibliographic conception of "authorship." Beginning with Foucault's question "what is an author" and his notion of an author as a cultural phenomenon, the paper proceeds to examine the treatment of authorship in cataloging practices of two ancient cultures, the Greek and the Chinese, as well as in the modern Anglo-American cataloging standards from Panizzi's 91 rules to the draft of Resource Description and Access (RDA). An author, as the study shows, is constructed as part of the recognition of "a work" as an essential communicative social entity. All cataloging practices and standards examined, east or west, ancient or modern, exhibit a similar obsessive attitude toward the imposition of an author, be it only a name or a culturally identified entity responsible for the work. In fact, the study demonstrates that as far as cataloging is concerned authorship is the role that is represented rather than any true intellectual responsibility.

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1999
 
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Smiraglia, Richard P. and Leazer, Gregory H. (1999): Derivative Bibliographic Relationships: The Work Relationship in a Global Bibliographic Database. In JASIST - Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 50 (6) pp. 493-504.

1996
 
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Leazer, Gregory H. and Smiraglia, Richard P. (1996): Toward the Bibliographic Control of Works: Derivative Bibliographic Relationships in an Online Union Catalog. In: DL96: Proceedings of the 1st ACM International Conference on Digital Libraries 1996. pp. 36-43. Available online

The digital library will require a bibliographic retrieval tool that controls recorded knowledge regardless of its material form. A conceptual model for such a catalog is described. Foremost, this catalog will include information on derivative bibliographic relationships -- those relationships that exist among the individual members of a bibliographic family. In order to understand the problem of derivative bibliographic relationships, we conducted a study intended to build on our understanding of the nature of bibliographic works and the breadth of bibliographic families. The specific objectives of this research are to test the model for the control of bibliographic families, and measure the frequency and extent of the derivative relationship in OCLC's online union catalog. It appears from this cursory examination of the data, that although there were fewer large bibliographic families than expected, the characteristics of bibliographic families were as Smiraglia had predicted. Furthermore, Leazer's conceptual design appears to be an accurate model for the control of bibliographic families.

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