Volume 46, no. 2, 2008


Editorial, Sandra K. Roe, Editor


Another Look at Graduate Education for Cataloging and the Organization of Information
Daniel N. Joudrey

ABSTRACT: Education for library cataloging and the organization of information (OI) continues to evolve. The current condition of graduate courses in these areas is examined through a review of the curricula of the 56 ALA-accredited graduate schools of library and information sciences (LIS) in the United States and Canada. This article, the second installment of a longitudinal study that began in 2000 to examine the state of cataloging education, contains a snapshot of this component of LIS education from the 2005-2006 academic year. It examines the types of OI courses being offered, the number of these courses actually being taught, and current trends and developments in cataloging education based on comparisons with earlier studies.

KEYWORDS: Cataloging education, cataloging curriculum, library and information science education, organization of information education


A Survey of Cataloging Education: Are Library Schools Listening?
Jane M. Davis

ABSTRACT: In recent years a number of surveys of cataloging education have been conducted, and each of those surveys has suggested changes in library education. This survey reviews the current state of cataloging education by evaluating courses taught by 47 ALA accredited programs and compares the results to previous studies. This study examined the types of cataloging courses offered in LIS programs to determine if the type of course taught has changed over time. Additionally, this study examined course offering frequencies to determine if LIS programs are making the kind of courses needed to train cataloging librarians available to their students. It is concluded that although LIS programs are continuing to offer and require introductory courses in cataloging and bibliographic control, they are relying more heavily on these introductory courses to provide the bulk of cataloging education.

KEYWORDS: Cataloging education, cataloging curriculum, library and information science education, organization of information education, catalogers


Enigma Variations: Parsing the Riddle of Main Entry and the "Rule of Three" from AACR2 to RDA
Lynne C. Howarth and Jean Weihs

ABSTRACT: In the ten years since the International Conference on the Principles and Future Development of AACR, long-standing debates have continued as to whether or not to have a "main entry", and whether or not to exercise the rule of three to limit the number of headings or access points in certain cases. Recent proposals from the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA have recommended a change in "main entry" terminology to "primary access point," and the elimination of the rule of three. This paper explores how and why these shifts have occurred.

KEYWORDS: Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules; AACR; Resource Description and Access; RDA; choice of main entry; rule of three; access points; primary access points; Cataloguing code revision


Empowering Student Assistants in the Cataloging Department through Innovative Training: The E-Learning Courseware for Basic Cataloging Project
Sherab Chen

ABSTRACT: This paper investigates an innovative approach to training non-traditional employees, particularly student workers, in a library cataloging department. The author presents guidelines and pedagogical aspects of using e-learning courseware for basic cataloging training, reviews the challenges and difficulties encountered in the project, and introduces the content and structure of prototype 2 of the courseware. This e-learning courseware for basic cataloging can be adapted to facilitate the training of other groups of new staff in the cataloging department.

KEYWORDS: E-learning, student workers in libraries, staff training, cataloging training, cataloging procedures, The Ohio State University Libraries




As I gather this group of articles into what will become CCQ 46(2), it is a beautiful autumn day in the midwestern United States. This morning was one of those rare times when the trees—full of color—dropped their leaves like rain even though the wind was still and the day was sunny. It seems as good a time as any to stop and take a breath, take stock.

This journal is the result of the work of many people. A few left our Editorial Board within this past year—Alva Stone, Elizabeth Steinhagen, Nolan Pope, and Daniel Lovins. I want to thank each for their years of service on behalf of CCQ. Others, although not a part of the board, referred manuscripts Verna Urbanski, Leslie Owens, Kathy Piehl, and Laura Calderon. Thank you for bringing your particular expertise to our assistance. Finally, please help me to welcome the following new members to the editorial board—Pauline Atherton Cochrane, Mary Curran, Neil Nicholson, and Janet Lee-Smeltzer.

With lots of changes ahead—the Report of Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control, RDA, more next generation catalogs and catalog interfaces—I particularly want to ask the readership to contact me with suggestions for CCQ as well as to consider submitting your work to the journal. We are actively seeking both a book review editor and a news columnist. What other features would you welcome? Perhaps more than ever before, we need to keep the conversation between research and practice alive, to be able to inform practice with research. Consider compiling an annotated bibliography on a topic that you have seen debated on NGC4lib1 or on another electronic list or blog; submit it for publication. There is no shortage of research questions.

This issue begins with a pair of articles that were submitted separately just days apart on the same topic, that of graduate education for cataloging. Both were reviewed on their own merits and recommended for publication, and so both are presented here—one from the perspective of a library school faculty member and one from the perspective of a cataloger. The third article in this collection is the third article in the series from Howarth and Weihs that looks forward to RDA. This one is a tour of decisions related to main entry and the rule of three. The issue concludes with a description of e-learning courseware for use in the teaching of cataloging.


Sandra K. Roe

1 Next generation catalogs for libraries, [NGC4LIB@listserv.nd.edu].


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