Having taught cataloguing in the UK for the last 20 years and watched the progressive decline in the number of students taking LIS courses and maintaining a core cat and class element in the course my response was to develop training courses via the professional association (CILIP) and deliver onsite training. I now deliver a far wider range of cat and clss material to a professional audience.
Many courses in the UK simply do not do any have core modules in "cat and class" on LIS courses.
I seriously wonder if it will become a post qualification specialism - so that those that approach it understand how significant it is before they undertake it, and therfore approach it with the appropriate mind set.
Keith V. Trickey
School of Business Information
Liverpool John Moores University
From: Discussion List for issues related to cataloging & metadata education & training on behalf of Cheryl Boettcher Tarsala
Sent: Wed 6/14/2006 6:23 AM
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Subject: On My Mind (AL, June/July issue)
Has anyone else read the "On My Mind" piece by Arthur Marx in this
month's American Libraries? In it, he speaks of his experience
learning cataloging on the job where he is the only cataloger. He's
certainly not the first MLS graduate to find himself unexpectedly
hired as a cataloger, but it's kind of surprising he was hired in a
world of job ads that demand "two years experience."
Do you think his lack of cataloging knowledge coming out of a basic
cataloging course is only to be expected? Are our across-the-board
average outcomes this low so that a student passing a basic
cataloging course doesn't really have the punctuation down, or
understand an authority record?
Cheryl Boettcher Tarsala
Adjunct Assistant Professor
LEEP Program, Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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