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Library Cataloging, Classification, and Metadata Research: A Bibliography of Doctoral Dissertations

Please send me information of doctoral dissertations or doctoral thesis to be included in "Library Cataloging, Classification, and Metadata Research: A Bibliography of Doctoral Dissertations" on my e-mail:

A bibliography of doctoral dissertations and theses on Library Cataloging, Classification, and Metadata Research was published in the prestigious journal Cataloging & Classification Quarterly in 2020, which was followed by a supplement in 2021.⁽¹⁾⁽²⁾ 

The bibliography comprises research produced as doctoral dissertations and doctoral theses dealing with library cataloging, classification, and metadata. An attempt has been made to cover all the aspects of these topics so as to match the coverage of this bibliography with the scope of the journal, Cataloging & Classification Quarterly. Topics include but are not limited to: descriptive cataloging, classification and subject access, use and usability issues (related to bibliographic data, authority data, the catalog or other discovery platform), education and training for cataloging and classification, the internationalization of cataloging, the management of cataloging and related functions, the use of bibliographic or authority data by systems outside the OPAC, online retrieval, metadata standards, and cataloging related to specific materials or processes (such as digital resources, archives, special collections, maps and other cartographic and spatial materials, or preservation).⁽¹⁾

Omissions of doctoral dissertations accepted between 1982 and 2021 but not included in this bibliography, or notifications of new works should be sent to Salman Haider [e-mail:] for inclusion in subsequent bibliographies.

Now I am working to compile another annual supplement to this bibliography. Please send me details of your doctoral works to be included in the bibliography. You may also send us the details of the doctoral works of other researchers. Please send me the following information.

  1. Name
  2. Title 
  3. Type (Ph. D. dissertation or Ph. D. thesis)
  4. University/Institute
  5. Year
  6. URL if available online 
  7. Any other related information

Understanding cataloging, classification, and metadata research literature can improve its practice, management, and professional decision making. The contents of this bibliography will inform catalogers, library administrators, and library and information science (LIS) researchers about the current state of cataloging research. The aim is to inspire more cataloging research and to promote a culture of evaluation within the cataloging profession. This bibliography of doctoral dissertations is for the purpose of providing information about research studies already undertaken to help future researchers – whether they are preparing a literature review for an article or a dissertation or in identifying and formulating topics for their own research – and will lessen the possibility of a researcher pursuing a topic of research without taking previous, relevant work into account.⁽¹⁾


  1. Salman Haider (2020) Library Cataloging, Classification, and Metadata Research: A Bibliography of Doctoral Dissertations, Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 58:1, 28-43, DOI: 10.1080/01639374.2019.1707338
  2. Salman Haider (2021) Library Cataloging, Classification, and Metadata Research: A Bibliography of Doctoral Dissertations—A Supplement, 1982–2020, Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 59:1, 53-57, DOI: 10.1080/01639374.2021.1881855