I'm not on Autocat anymore. Where did you see Martha's article, Arlene?
Off the top of my head, I don't know the proportion of professionals to
non-professionals currently "cataloging" in most libraries, but if it is
anything like the few places I know, I don't think the problem lies with
the professionals as much as the administration's desire to save money by
using people WITHOUT an MLS education.
I am one of those faculty guilty of using the "supermarket" (& other
retail stores) example in the Information Organization class. Students
said it changed their entire outlook on the importance of organization
when they realized it is pervasive in society. After that they took the
entire course much more seriously! It was not a gimmick; they learned
about high level categories, subcategories, classes, etc., and it was a
perfect lead-in to the theory of classification. There is nothing wrong
with showing students that our field can be relevant to them, as well as
interesting, and yes, even fun!
Dr. Sherry Vellucci
School of Information, Communication and Library Science
4 Huntington St.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
732-932-7500 ext. 8232
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