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Of the following International Cataloguing Principles, which comes first and should always be kept in mind when providing bibliographic descriptions and access points?

(a) Accuracy

(b) Representation

(c) Convenience of the user

(d) Economy

(e) Consistency and standardization

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(c) Convenience of the user

Out of the International Cataloguing Principles, the principle "Convenience of the user" comes first and should always be kept in mind when providing bibliographic descriptions and access points.



... ... The principles in this statement are intended to guide the development of cataloguing codes and the decisions that cataloguers make. They apply to bibliographic and authority data, and consequently to current library catalogues, bibliographies and other datasets created by libraries.

They aim to provide a consistent approach to descriptive and subject cataloguing of bibliographic resources of all kinds.

The following principles direct the construction and development of cataloguing codes, the decisions that cataloguers make and policies on access to and exchange of data. Of these, the Convenience of the user is the most important, while principles 2 through 13 are in no particular order. If there is a conflict among principles 2-13, the Principle of interoperability should be rated higher than others.

  1. Convenience of the user
  2. Common usage
  3. Representation
  4. Accuracy
  5. Sufficiency and necessity
  6. Significance
  7. Economy
  8. Consistency and standardization
  9. Integration
  10. Interoperability
  11. Openness
  12. Accessibility
  13. Rationality

Convenience of the user. Convenience means that all efforts should be made to keep all data comprehensible and suitable for the users. The word “user” embraces anyone who searches the catalogue and uses the bibliographic and/or authority data. Decisions taken in the making of descriptions and controlled forms of names for access should be made with the user in mind. ... ...

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