Cataloging & Classification Quarterly

Volume 41, no. 2, 2005

 


 

Education for Cataloging: International Perspectives
Part I

Introduction / by Dajin D. Sun and Ruth C. Carter


Articles


AFRICA


Education and Training for Cataloguing at the University of Botswana Library: An Overview
Rose Tiny Kgosiemang

Abstract: This paper discusses the education and training of both junior and professional staff for cataloguing at the University of Botswana Library and examines the formal library school education at the University of Botswana offered by the Department of Library and Information Studies (LIS). It focuses on education for cataloguing and classification with emphasis on descriptive cataloguing; subject access; classification; bibliographic control on books, and other library materials. The paper also discusses on-the job training and continuing education for librarians and junior library staff. This paper shows the relationship that existed between the Cataloguing unit and Subject Librarians before the restructuring of the Cataloguing and Acquisitions units in the late 1990s. That restructuring changed the relationship that existed between Cataloguing Unit and Subject Librarians regarding the cataloguing and classification of materials and the training activities organized by the Cataloguing unit for Subject Librarians in an attempt to ensure quality records. It touches on the training conducted outside the country. The paper draws information from official documents and the author’s long experience in various levels and units of University of Botswana Library starting from year 1982. Keywords: Cataloguing and Classification; Continuing Education; Education and Training; Formal Training; In-Service Training; Quality Control; Department of Library and Information Studies, University of Botswana, Botswana

The Relevance of Cataloguing in Library Science Curriculum in Cross River State of Nigeria in this Technological Age
J. I. Iwe

Abstract: Since Library Science Education started in Nigeria about half a century ago, cataloguing has been regarded as a core subject in the curriculum. With the diversification of subjects, some core subjects were made electives. This did not affect cataloguing. Nigerian Libraries have not gone far in electronic data processing in their storage of data and information and as a result, libraries are still manual-oriented. Even though some libraries in Cross River State of Nigeria have taken their first steps towards automation, the library schools still find it necessary to continue to drill students in traditional cataloguing. The question of the relevance of cataloguing in an automated library system arises and this researcher investigates the hypothesis that cataloguing is still relevant in the library school curriculum using the descriptive survey methodology. The finding is that the manual system will continue to be used for a long time and so cataloguing will continue to be relevant even with the computer-produced catalogue. Keywords: Relevance, Cataloguing, Cataloging Education, Library Science Curriculum, Cross River State of Nigeria, Nigeria, (this) Technological Age,

The education and training of cataloguing students in South Africa through distance education
Linda Cleote

Abstract: This paper discusses the education and training of cataloguing students in South Africa at a distance education institution where the focus is on career specific training. The position of the cataloguing course in the curriculum and the content of the course are explained. The utilization of media and technologies in offering the course is discussed. Anticipated changes and possible future developments are discussed. Keywords: Cataloging education, cataloguing training, computer-based learning, co-operative
education, distance learning, South Africa, training resource program, virtual cataloging classroom

ASIA

The education of cataloging and classification in China
Zhanghua Ma

Abstract: The education of cataloguing and classification in China includes university education, continuing education, professional training and is provided at basic training, junior college, undergraduate, and graduate levels. Cataloging, classification, and subject analysis are generally the core courses in the university curricula and offered with other required courses. Recent changes in the curricula have been the adjustment and integration of courses, the application of computer technology, the increase of practice, the update of course contents, and the improvement of teaching methods. The future trends of cataloguing and classification education in China may include: constant improvement of the teaching system, standardization of library science programs, introduction to new topics, promotion of graduate education, enhancement of continuing education and training, and development of online courses.
Keywords. Cataloging,cataloging education, classification, subject analysis, professional education, China

The Status Quo and Future Development of Cataloging and Classification Education in China
Li Si

Abstract: This article depicts the status quo of cataloging and classification education in China, including the library science programs, their curricula, the degrees offered, the contents of courses, and the selection of textbooks. It also analyzes the current problems in library science programs and projects the possible improvements and progress in the teaching in the next five to ten years. Keywords: Classification, cataloging, subject analysis, library science education, China

Education for Knowledge Organization: The Indian Scene
Koti S. Raghavan

Abstract: This paper briefly traces the history of library education in India and examines the status of bibliographic organization and control in the country as a major factor influencing the nature and content of courses in knowledge organization. The two basic documents from the University Grants Commission – the first one issued in 1965 and the recent one in 2001 - that have influenced university level course contents have been examined. Finally, the nature of changes that are being brought about in recent years in some universities has been highlighted. Keywords: Knowledge Organisation – Education, Cataloging Education, Library Education, Information Studies – Education, Bibliographic Organization – Education, India

Current Status of Cataloging and Classification Education in Japan
Shoichi Taniguchi

Abstract: This paper provides an overview of the current status of cataloging and classification (C&C) education in Japan and looks forward to the development in the near future. First, the current status of library and information science (LIS) education and its major issues are briefly reviewed. Second, the situation of C&C practice in Japanese libraries is briefly reviewed, since it affects C&C education. Third, the present situation and issues in C&C education are examined and described under two categories: education in LIS schools and education in LIS programs offered by other colleges and universities. Finally, on-the-job training and continuing education in the C&C domain are discussed. Keywords: cataloging education, classification education, LIS education, Japan

A Study on the Job Training and Self-Training of the Cataloging and Classification Librarians Working in Academic Libraries (Korea)
Chul-Wan Kwak

Abstract: This study surveys the current status of job training and self-training provided for the cataloging and classification librarians in Korean academic libraries to actively deal with the rapidly changing library environment. Cataloging librarians from 98 universities in South Korea responded to the survey. As a result, 64.3% of the librarians reported that they were trained, and about 43% of them indicated that they had a short training of less than a week. However, all of them emphasized the necessity of job training. The materials used for training were mainly in print. Only 10% of the academic libraries subscribed journals relating to the library work. An overwhelming majority of the academic libraries surveyed provided financial support for staff training. The use of foreign languages and metadata, and job-related library school courses were preferred by the cataloging librarians. In academic libraries, more organized job-training programs and more support for librarians’ self-training were needed. Keywords: Academic libraries, library schools, cataloging education, cataloging survey, cataloging librarians, job training, continuing education, South Korea


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