Recruiting, Educating, and Training Cataloging Librarians: Solving the Problems

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Librarians entering the profession often shun the prospect of becoming catalogers because they perceive public service responsibilities as more rewarding than those of technical services. This is causing a shortage in the area of technical services in general and cataloging librarians in particular. A group of concerned professionals decided to investigate solutions to the problems, thus, the Simmons College Symposium on Recruiting, Educating, and Training Cataloging Librarians evolved. The editors have compiled ...

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Overview

Librarians entering the profession often shun the prospect of becoming catalogers because they perceive public service responsibilities as more rewarding than those of technical services. This is causing a shortage in the area of technical services in general and cataloging librarians in particular. A group of concerned professionals decided to investigate solutions to the problems, thus, the Simmons College Symposium on Recruiting, Educating, and Training Cataloging Librarians evolved. The editors have compiled papers presented at the symposium that propose solutions to the cataloger shortages. . . . Discussions included topics such as the evolving public/technical services relationship, the networking of professional librarians to aid in recruitment, flexible and creative education programs, and the cross training of library professionals to handle cataloging. The symposium participants, which included well-known professionals, administrators, and educators, encourage increased cataloging knowledge and involvement to support the automation and technological challenges facing libraries of today. The papers are well written and easy to read. Recommended. Library Journal

Developed from a recent symposium, this informative book offers research-based analyses; it also offers realistic approaches to the concerns of catalogers and the library educators and administrators responsible for their recruitment, education, and training. It was written by more than 25 specialists who have developed solutions to particular problems within these three areas.

Solutions are offered for a wide range of issues, including increased financial pressure on libraries, recruiting methods, the changing economic and professional expectations of librarians, the impact of technology, challenges for the library science curriculum, and training strategies for large and small institutions. This book will encourage library administrators to break new ground in applying creative solutions to the real-life problems of their institutions. It will help professional educators in designing or improving library and information science programs, and give students a greater understanding of critical issues in contemporary librarianship.

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Meet the Author

SHEILA S. INTNER is Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science of Simmons College.

JANET SWAN HILL was head of cataloging at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Keynote Address

The More Things Change . . .

Session on Recruiting Cataloging Librarians

Session Keynote Address

Recruitment: The Way Ahead

Recruiting, What Next?

Recruitment, a Positive Process

Are We Teaching Dinosaurs to Forage: Recruiting Catalogers to the Profession

A Network of Professionals Recruiting (In Lieu of a Staff of Professional Recruiters)

Recruiting Catalogers: Three Sets of Strategies

The Evolving Public/Technical Services Relationship: New Opportunities for Staffing the Cataloging Function

Beneath the Stereotyping: Matching Recruitment to Reality

Recruiting Catalogers at the Louisiana State University Libraries

Session on Educating Cataloging Librarians

Session Keynote Address

Educating Cataloging Librarians: Its Art and Craft

Making Cataloging Interesting

Preaching to the Unconverted: The Cataloging Educator's Challenge

The Crisis in Cataloging: A Feminist Hypothesis

Responding to Change: New Goals and Strategies for Core Cataloging Courses

Alternatives for Educating Catalogers: A Small Library School Perspective

Using Computers to Enhance Cataloging Productivity

Cataloging Education in the Library and Information Science Curriculum

Session on Training Cataloging Librarians

Session Keynote Address

Developing Catalogers for the Nation: Problems and Issues in Training Cataloging Librarians for the Future

The Role of Training in the Changing Cataloging Environment

Training and Continuing Education for Catalogers: The Electronic Environment of the 1990s

Training the Cataloger: A Harvard Experience

Standards, Volume, and Trust in theShared Cataloging Environment: Training Approaches for the Smaller Library

Dollars and Sense: Training Catalogers

Using Management Tools for Cataloging Discussions

Selected Bibliography

Index

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