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Another approach to making information more accessible is through indexing of predetermined types of descriptive information. Indexing can be defined as the making of multiple means of access to catalogue information. For example, by indexing titles, names of draftsmen, dates, and subjects, one can retrieve entries by these categories. Mechanisms for creating such cross-references include index cards or lists in a manual system and links or pathways in a computer system. The categories of information used for retrieval can be described as access points. Regardless of the mechanisms, these pathways or access points should be planned early in the process of defining a repository's standards for cataloguing.

A Guide to the Description of Architectural Drawings, Architectural Drawing Advisory Group, Foundation for Documents of Architecture, Getty Standards and Digital Resource Management Program, J. Paul Getty Trust


Ch. 1: Documenting Museum Collections (download as PDF format file), Part II, Museum Records, Museum Handbook, Museum Management Program, National Park Service.

Rebecca A. Buck and Jean Allman Gilmore, eds. The New Museum Registration Methods. Washington, DC, American Association of Museums, 1998.

"The "bible of museum registrars," updated for the 21st century, with more than 50 all-new chapters covering the complete registration procedure, proper care and storage of objects, collections management, documentation, computerization of records, shipping and handling, insurance, security, ethics and legal issues, and much more. An indispensable reference book for museum professionals working in any kind and size of institution. Prepared by the Registrars Committee, a Standing Professional Committee of AAM." [Source: American Association of Museums]

James R. Blackaby et al. The Revised Nomenclature for Museum Cataloging: A Revised and Expanded Version of Robert G. Chenhall’s System for Classifying Man-Made Objects. Altamira Press, 1995.

"Chenhall's System for Classifying Man-Made Objects created the first common cataloging language for museums and other historical collections. Now The Revised Nomenclature for Museum Cataloging develops Chenhall's ideas to provide updated material so museums can use their collections to the fullest extent. The Revised Nomenclature provides a universally accepted classification system with terminology that allows curators, registrars, and catalogers to describe artifacts precisely. It also creates a standard for cataloging so that in-house record keeping is complete and accurate for use by all staff members and the exchange of cultural objects and information between museums is possible on both a national and international scale. This system deals with information, not with methods of recording that information, and enables even the smallest museum's terminology to be in synchronization with the largest metropolitan museum. No museum can afford to be without this book." [Source: Altamira Press.]

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