عنوان مقاله [English]
Objective: This research is a comparative study of the consistency of informational elements, including: main entry, title, imprint (publication area), collation (physical description area), subject, classification, and added entry in cataloging-in-publication and cataloging-after-publication in the National Library of Iran. It aims to identify the inconsistency of each of the mentioned informational elements and the reasons for such inconsistency and to propose solutions for creating greater consistency.
Methodology: Content analysis was used in this research and the research data was collected through a checklist.
Findings: The research findings are as follows: 1. Among the ten main classes of human knowledge (according to Dewey Decimal Classification), the highest percentage of consistency of the "main entry" element is 98.9 percent which is found in the fields of history and geography 2. The highest consistency of the "title" element is 86.7 percent which again is in history and geography. 3. In the "publication area" element, the highest consistency (63.1 percent) is in the field of technology. 4. The highest consistency rate for the "collation" element (34.5 percent) is in the field of ethics. 5. The highest consistency for the "subject" element is 97.3 percent (in social sciences). 6. The highest consistency of the "classification" element is 93.4 percent and is found in the field of technological science. 7. The highest consistency for the "added entry" elements is 95.6 percent (in philosophy). 8. On average, the mean consistency is 96.2 percent for "main entry", 79 percent for "title", 53 percent for "publication area", 27.2 percent for "collation", 92.8 percent for "subject", 85.3 percent for "classification", and 91.3 percent for "added entry".
Conclusion: The highest consistency belongs to the "main entry" element and then subject, added entry, classification, publication area, and collation elements (highest to lowest rate of consistency respectively).