I suppose I'm in a different situation. We require students to take either cataloging, indexing, or EDAM. The state of Louisiana requires cataloging for school library certification. All of which means that the vast majority of my students in the introductory class have no interest in cataloging as a career.
I can't imagine trying to teach AACR2 and RDA at the same time. I have no plans to teach RDA until it is released for use, and then that is all I will teach. As I say, my students aren't, for the most part, going to be cataloging as a career.
Presently, I barely even touch on FRBR in the intro class; I use the terms "work" and "item" throughout, but haven't attempted to introduce "expression" or "manifestation." The grades on the midterm, where they are required to define "work" and "item," strongly suggest that going beyond that would only confuse them further.
I try to do more in the advanced course, but even in that class, the students are interested in learning the skills that they will apply on the job in the very near future. However, I truly believe that if the students have a clear understanding of such current concepts as "uniform title," "analytics," and "added entry for related work," and how to handle serials, they will be prepared to learn RDA on the job.
Suzanne M. Stauffer, Ph.D.
School of Library and Information Science
Louisiana State University
275 Coates Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
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>> I know we have talked about this theoretically, but I would be interested
>> to know if anyone has started making practical plans for the teaching of
>> RDA. It seems a little bit nightmarish logistically speaking - did anyone
>> on this list go through the AACR1 - AACR2 transition teaching wise?
>> We have been thinking of starting with a seminar on RDA (while continuing
>> to teach AACR2 in the cataloging class). But I'm wondering at what point
>> we should stop teaching AACR2 - should we teach BOTH for a while (which
>> seems like too much for one class) - should we just make a clean break?
>> Will employers want new graduates to know RDA and / or AACR2?
>> I know that the testing will go on for a year - do we wait until after
>> that to teach it? Do we have a time gap where we teach neither?
>> Sorry my questions are kind of random - I'm just perplexed on how to go
>> about this - and also somewhat dreading having to redo my entire class
>> Melodie Frances
Kristina M. Spurgin
PhD student - Teaching assistant
School of Information & Library Science - UNC Chapel Hill
CB#3360, 100 Manning Hall - Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3360
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