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Examine cataloging and classification training programs around the world

Education for Library Cataloging: International Perspectives examines the global development of educational programs for cataloging and classification in the library and information field. Library school faculty and professional librarians from more than 20 countries discuss a wide range of topics, including formal school and continuing education of catalog librarians, education and training for paraprofessional staff in cataloging and technical services, changes in library school programs, and metadata and information organization instruction.

Faculty members and seasoned librarians from Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, Latin America, and the Middle East present case studies and overviews of library and information school programs, bibliographies of cited works in both Western and non-Western language literature, and plenty of helpful tables and charts. Articles presented in Education for Library Cataloging: International Perspectives are organized geographically to make it easier to check which countries are covered in each region, and to determine regional similarities and differences. Political, historical, cultural, religious, and linguistic factors were also considered to demonstrate the wide range of educational efforts and programs to cultivate cataloging professionals all over the world.

Topics examined in Education for Library Cataloging: International Perspectives include:
* education and training development for librarians in the University of Botswana Library
* the library science school curricula in the Cross River State of Nigeria
* the training of students in cataloging via distant education in South Africa
* education programs in China
* the education for knowledge organization (including cataloging and classification) in India
* the current status of cataloging education in Japan
* on the job training of catalog librarians in South Korea
* the education for cataloging in Australia
* how catalog librarians are trained in Germany and Austria
* recent changes to the library education system in Poland
* a critical study of cataloging instruction within the library and information science programs in Spain
* a recent survey of graduate education and training for cataloging and classification in the United Kingdom
* an overview of the education for cataloging and classification in Mexico
* the current status of cataloging and classification education in Egypt
* recent changes to cataloging teaching in Israel
* the continuing education for catalogers in Saudi Arabia
* and much more

Many of the articles presented in Education for Library Cataloging: International Perspectives document the initial efforts to introduce education for cataloging in particular countries, including Egypt and Japan. This book is an invaluable resource for library and information school educators, administrators, and students.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Malgorzata Fort, PhD (University of Pittsburgh)
Description: This is a collection of papers presenting formal as well as continuing education for catalogers outside the United States.
Purpose: The editors assure a truly international perspective by inviting 28 contributors from all over the world to describe experiences in their countries. No project of this scope has been previously attempted.
Audience: The audience is the body of educators who can influence library school programs to better meet the needs of the profession. It will also be interesting to anyone involved in the history of librarianship.
Features: The book addresses the importance of cataloging education in current and future library programs, whether offered as an elective or required subject. On-the-job-training or continuing education programs will never replace formal education, and may only complement it. Therefore, a solid knowledge of cataloging rules, formats, subject analysis, and classification should be offered at schools. This focus is as much a strength as a shortcoming. The picture of education for librarians, as presented in the book, is somewhat restricted to cataloging and classification issues. The majority of contributors discuss education in their countries by looking at library school programs, which are generally known to be a bit behind the library practice. The authors concentrate on the status quo and only occasionally express opinions about future trends, usually in a form of suggestions rather than requirements. There are some exceptions. I personally value those authors who express the need for change strongly and formulate it as a demand (Sitarska); foresee and stress the need for values from outside the traditional canon of catalogers' virtues and point out that we no longer educate for a manual environment (Raghavan); note that we need to deal with digital collections (Kwak); and state that we seek in the good cataloger flexibility, sense of balance and perspective that goes well beyond the strict adherence to rules (Bowman).
Assessment: While these authors address some non-cataloging issues, the focus of the other writers covers well the subject of cataloging in their countries. There is much here that those interested in this specific subject will find rewarding.
Library Journal
This informative volume, a combination of two issues of Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, Vol. 41, No. 2 (2005) and Vol. 41, No. 3/4 (2006), features 22 articles covering 20 countries on six continents and addressing topics pertinent to the education of catalogers: university as well as continuing education, online courses, multimedia courseware, and professional and on-the-job training. Contributors offer suggestions for improving or establishing national standards, and some discuss the need for national accreditation for library science programs or the need for a major centralized or national cataloging service. Library science programs are evaluated in the areas of descriptive cataloging, classification, subject analysis, computer technology, metadata schemes, and knowledge organization. The only exception to this general format is Gillian Hallam's article, which describes an innovative Australian independent-learning module for descriptive cataloging. Overall, this volume should be of particular interest to library schools and large public and academic libraries.-Cheryl L. Conway, Univ. of Arkansas Lib., Fayetteville Students as library Staff Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789031129
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

  • Introduction (Dajin D. Sun and Ruth C. Carter)
  • Education and Training for Cataloguing at the University of Botswana Library: An Overview (Rose Tiny Kgosiemang)
  • The Relevance of Cataloguing in Library Science Curriculum in Cross River State of Nigeria in this Technological Age (J. I. Iwe)
  • The Education and Training of Cataloguing Students in South Africa Through Distance Education (Linda M. Cloete)
  • ASIA
  • Education of Cataloging and Classification in China (Zhanghua Ma)
  • The Status Quo and Future Development of Cataloging and Classification Education in China (Li Si)
  • Education for Knowledge Organization: The Indian Scene (K. S. Raghavan)
  • Current Status of Cataloging and Classification Education in Japan (Shoichi Taniguchi)
  • A Study on the Job Training and Self-Training of the Cataloging and Classification Librarians Working in South Korean Academic Libraries (Chul-Wan Kwak)
  • Beyond Our Expectations: A Review of an Independent Learning Module in Descriptive Cataloguing at the Queensland University of Technology (Gillian Hallam)
  • MARCup to Markup: Education for Cataloguing and Classification in Australia (Ross Harvey and Susan Reynolds)
  • Education for Cataloging and Classification in Austria and Germany (Monika Münnich and Heidi Zotter-Straka)
  • Education and Training on the Nature and Description of Documents: Polish University Studies and Professional Librarianship Schools (Anna Sitarska)
  • Cataloging Education on the Sunny Side of the Alps (Jerry D. Saye and Alenka Šauperl)
  • Education for Cataloging in Spanish Universities: A Descriptive and Critical Study (Rafael Ruiz-Perez and Emilio Delgado López-Cózar)
  • Education and Training for Cataloguing and Classification in the British Isles (J. H. Bowman)
  • The Teaching of Information Processing in the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina (Elsa E. Barber and Silvia L. Pisano)
  • Education for Cataloging and Classification in Mexico (Filiberto Felipe Martínez Arellano)
  • Education for Cataloging and Related Areas in Peru (Ana María Talavera Ibarra)
  • Cataloging and Classification Education in Egypt: Stressing the Fundamentals While Approaching Toward Automated Applications (Mohammed Fat’hy Abdel Hady and Ali Kamal Shaker)
  • An Account of Cataloging and Classification Education in Iranian Universities (Mortaza Kokabi)
  • Cataloging Instruction in Israel (Snunith Shoham)
  • Continuing Education for Catalogers in Saudi Arabia (Zahiruddin Khurshid)
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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