Elaine Svenonius is an American librarian and library scholar, known for her research on bibliographic control, particularly cataloging, classification, and indexing. She is best known for bringing a philosophical knowledge organization approach to cataloging theory.
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|Awards||ALCTS Margaret Mann Citation, Ranganathan Award for Classification Research|
Svenonius received an MA in Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania in 1957, an MA in Library Science in 1965 from the University of Chicago, and a PhD in Library Science in 1971, as well from the University of Chicago.
In The Intellectual Foundation of Information Organization, Svenonius attempts to "synthesize the literature of information organization in a language and at a level of generality to make it understandable to persons outside the field of library and information science" and to "synthesize subject and descriptive cataloging within a common conceptual framework." The book is frequently assigned to Master of Library and Information Science students, among whom it is nicknamed "the red devil".
- "Elaine Svenonius". The MIT Press. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
- Myall, Carolynne; McGarry, Dorothy (2000). "An Interview with Elaine Svenonius". Cataloging & Classification Quarterly. 29 (4): 5–17. doi:10.1300/J104v29n04_02. S2CID 143741045.
- "Intellectual Foundation of Information Organization". Goodreads. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
- "Margaret Mann Citation". Awards. American Library Association. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
- "Take note". UCLA Today. 31 August 1999. Retrieved 31 May 2014.