Cataloging & Classification Quarterly
Volume 34, no. 3, 2002
EDUCATION FOR CATALOGING AND THE ORGANIZATION OF INFORMATION: PITFALLS AND THE
Janet Swan Hill
special theme issue guest editor
Part IV. Alternatives for Instructional Delivery
Innovations in standard classroom instruction
Gertrude S. Koh
Describes the characteristics of contemporary students in library schools, their experiences and expectations, and how they shape the goal of cataloging courses. Reviews historical innovations in cataloging instruction. Defines the nature of "cataloging" courses in the curriculum. Presents samples of innovations used in standard classrooms for teaching and learning a core-course and one of the elective "cataloging" courses. Focuses on how and why online mentor catalogers are incorporated in the teaching and learning of one particular course (Metadata for Internet Resources, at Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science). Discusses how and in what ways collaborative teaching with expert practitioners in cataloging online at remote sites contributes to the education of future librarians.
Keywords: Innovations for cataloging education; Online mentor catalogers; Distance education; Collaboration with practitioners; Teaching cataloging ; Educating catalogers
Online Mentoring: A Student Experience at Dominican University
by Judith L. Aulik, Holly Ann Burt, Michael Geeraedts, Elizabeth Gruby, Bongjoo Moon Lee, Anita Morgan, and Corey O'Halloran
This paper explores the online learning experience of seven students in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University. In a class entitled Metadata for Internet Resources, the students developed a distance learning relationship with professional catalogers. Student assignments included posting bibliographic records on the WebBoardTM for mentor input. In an online exchange, the mentors responded by posting their suggestions for improving student records. The interaction between students and mentors is discussed, as is the educational value of distance learning.
Keywords: Mentoring, distance education, cataloging education, internet resource cataloging
Online Distance Learing with Cataloging Mentors: The Mentor's Viewpoint
Kate Harcourt and Susan M. Neumeister
Cataloging experts from across the United States were asked to critique assignments from students enrolled in Professor Gertrude Koh's classes at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois through the use of an Internet bulletin board (WebBoardTM, O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.). This paper examines the mentors' perspective on teaching cataloging and their experience in teaching future colleagues via the WebBoard.
Keywords: Mentoring, distance education, cataloging education, Internet resource cataloging
When Donkeys Fly: Distance Education for Cataloging
Distance education - a mode of course delivery in which the teacher is geographically separated from the students and in which that separation is mediated by technology - is increasingly used in LIS programs. This paper covers advantages and drawbacks of distance education for cataloging, argues that the possibilities outweigh the disadvantages, summarizes current educational research on distance education, and offers a list of elements that may help educators and students to take full advantage of the possibilities.
Keywords: Distance education, cataloging education
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
In January 2001, the OCLC Institute released its first online learning course, Cataloging Internet Resources Using MARC21 and AACR2. This research investigated whether participants using this Web-based tool would gain experience equivalent to that of librarians who are already proficient in the skill of cataloging Internet resources. A pre-course/post-course comparison of test results of librarians not experienced with cataloging Internet resources indicated an increase of 35 percent (from 51 to 86 percent) of the correct answers after taking the Web-based course. The group experienced with cataloging Internet resources answered an average of 71 percent of the questions correctly.
Keywords: Web-based training, cataloging Internet resources, OCLC Institute, distance education
Cataloging Internet Resources Using MAC21 and AACR2: Online Training for Working Catalogers
by Anna M. Ferris
This article endorses the use of web-based instruction for cataloging education as represented by OCLC's online course, Cataloging Internet Resources using MARC 21 and AACR2. This type of instruction is particularly useful to working catalogers (professional and paraprofessional alike) who cannot spare the time or the expense to attend workshops and seminars in order to receive training in the latest developments in the field. The OCLC course also paves the way for a new standardized program of online cataloging education that will be tailored for working catalogers at all levels of expertise and that will offer specialized, yet convenient, training in a wide variety of formats.
Keywords: Web-based training, cataloging internet resources, OCLC Institute, distance education
The Program for Cooperative Cataloging and Training for Catalogers
Carol G. Hixson and William A. Garrison
This paper examines the training programs developed by the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) and gives an historical overview. Future training activities and needs are also discussed
Keywords: Cataloging, training, continuing education, authority work, cooperative cataloging
Catalog Training for People Who Are Not Catalogers: The Colorado Digitization Project Experience
by Sue Kriegsman
The Colorado Digitization Project is a cooperative endeavor designed to enable creation of a virtual library of unique resources and historical collections in Colorado through assisting all types of Cultural Heritage Institutions in the State to scan and make available on the
Internet images of materials and artifacts within their collections. An important component of the project is educational, and includes teaching staff in all types of institutions about access, cataloging and metadata.
Keywords: Metadata training, continuing education, cataloging training, Colorado Digitization Project
The Community of Catalogers: Its Role in the Education of Catalogers
The community of catalogers (defined as "those who work with you") plays a relatively small role in the formal education process. It plays a greater role in training as new hires talk to their new colleagues, subscribe to electronic discussion lists (especially focused lists such as the Passport for Windows list, LCWeb, Autocat, etc.) and become involved in professional associations, cooperative projects, etc. Its greatest role, however, is in the area of informal continuing education. That is especially true for electronic discussion lists such as AUTOCAT. Such lists fill a gap in the education / training continuum: how to find quick, specific answers to questions when your library lacks either the personnel or print or electronic resources to provide them. They extend the community of catalogers from those who work with you to the entire world.
Keywords: Cataloging education, continuing education, colleagues, electronic discussion lists.