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Education for Cataloging and the Organization of Information
Pitfalls and the Pendulum

ISBN 9780789020291
Published June 11, 2003 by Routledge
414 Pages

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Book Description

What does the future hold for cataloging education?

Written by some of the best-known authors and most innovative thinkers in the field, including Michael Gorman, Sheila S. Intner, and Jerry D. Saye, this comprehensive collection examines education for students and working librarians in cataloging and bibliographic control, emphasizing history, context, the state of the art at present, and suggested future directions. A liberal dose of visual aids—charts, tables, etc.—makes accessing the information quick and easy.

From the editor:
“The education of catalogers has swung pendulum-like from on-the-job training to graduate education and back again. The place of cataloging in the library school curriculum has swung from one of near pre-eminence to one of near extinction, and has begun to swing back again. The durability of education for cataloging has swung from 'In getting your degree you will learn everything you need to know in your career,' to 'You will have to engage in continuing education throughout your career, beginning virtually as soon as you have your degree.' Making informed decisions about how (and how much) cataloging education is to be provided is full of pitfalls, some of which the profession has fallen into already. What is needed now is a reconsideration of how education for cataloging and bibliographic control is provided.”

Education for Cataloging and the Organization of Information: Pitfalls and the Pendulum addresses four main areas: the ways professionals perceive the place, nature, and necessity of cataloging education; the professional, demographic, and academic context within which cataloging education is provided; education regarding special types of materials and special aspects of cataloging; and alternatives to traditional modes of education for cataloging, including:

  • distance education
  • online mentoring
  • Web-based instruction
  • continuing education
  • training for (and via) cooperative projects
  • the role of the “community of catalogers” in the continuing education of those who provide intellectual access to the world of information
  • and much more!

Table of Contents

  • Pitfalls and the Pendulum: Reconsidering Education for Cataloging and the Organization of Information: Preface
  • Why Teach Cataloging and Classification?
  • Persistent Issues in Cataloging Education: Considering the Past and Looking Toward the Future
  • Why Does Everybody Hate Cataloging?
  • Cataloging: An Exciting Subject for Exciting Times
  • Demographic Trends Affecting Professional Technical Services Staffing in ARL Libraries
  • A New Look at US Graduate Courses in Bibliographic Control
  • Textbooks Used in Bibliographic Control Education Courses
  • Where Are We and How Did We Get Here? or, The Changing Place of Cataloging in the Library and Information Science Curriculum: Causes and Consequences
  • “If I Knew Then What I Know Now”: UNCG LIS Graduates’ Perspectives on Cataloging Education
  • Cataloging or Knowledge Management: Perspectives of Library Educators on Cataloging Education for Entry-Level Academic Librarians
  • Format Integration and the Design of Cataloging and Classification Curricula
  • Cataloging and Metadata Education: Asserting a Central Role in Information Organization
  • On Teaching Subject Cataloging
  • Education for Authority Control: Whose Responsibility Is It?
  • What Else Do You Need to Know? Practical Skills for Catalogers and Managers
  • Innovations in Standard Classroom Instruction
  • Online Mentoring: A Student Experience at Dominican University
  • Online Distance Learning with Cataloging Mentors: The Mentor’s Viewpoint
  • When Donkeys Fly: Distance Education for Cataloging
  • An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of OCLC Online Computer Library Center’s Web-Based Module on Cataloging Internet Resources Using the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules and MARC21
  • Cataloging Internet Resources Using MARC 21 and AACR2: Online Training for Working Catalogers
  • The Program for Cooperative Cataloging and Training for Catalogers
  • Catalog Training for People Who Are Not Catalogers: The Colorado Digitization Project Experience
  • The Community of Catalogers: Its Role in the Education of Catalogers
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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