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Education for Cataloging and the Organization of Information
     

Education for Cataloging and the Organization of Information

by Janet Swan Hill
 

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

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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

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Library Journal
Over the past 100 years, cataloging education has seen several swings of the pendulum, from individual "apprenticeships" to the introduction of the computer and the rapid changes that technology brings. Whereas this work, published simultaneously as an issue of Cataloging & Classification Quarterly (Vol. 34, Nos. 1-3), covers some of the same ground as Cataloging: The Professional Development Cycle, edited by Sheila S. Intner and Janet Swan Hill, and Recruiting, Educating and Training Catalog Librarians: Solving the Problems (Greenwood, 1989), it is also timely, innovative, and opinionated. Hill (technical services, Univ. of Colorado Libs., Boulder) has gathered papers from such leading lights in the field as Intner, Michael Gorman, and Jerry Saye to consider, among other topics, some of the issues that have traditionally beset cataloging instruction, the framework in which both cataloging education and bibliographic control must operate today, the rapid changes affecting bibliographic control, the "rules" and technologies and how they have impacted particular aspects of cataloging education, and the major changes in education for cataloging such as who is responsible for instruction and when and where it could be given. Essential for catalog librarians and all library school educators, library administrators, and MLIS students.-Susan E. Ketcham, Long Island Univ.-Southampton Coll. Lib., NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789020291
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Series:
A Monograph Published Simultaneously As Legal Reference Services Quarterly Series
Pages:
414
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

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