I apologize to anyone who thought I was suggesting an either-or situation in
the teaching of cataloging. I even apologize for not recognizing that some
library schools still require cataloging for completion of the MLS or
equivalent degree (pace my worthy colleague at LSU). Brava! It does seem,
though, that most library schools have made cataloging an elective,
regrettable as that may be.
I'm a bit on edge right now, because finals are pouring in on Connexion from
my 33 students. This semester has been horrendous. I have four students who
are catalogers, and the rest know nothing about cataloging beyond what they
learned in their organization of information core course. So I've been
playing to two very different cohorts, and I think to a certain degree I
have failed both. And the Web version of Connexion, compared to the client I
use at work, is clunky and unpredictable.
One thing about teaching cataloging: It's vastly different to do day-to-day
cataloging for and with students rather than lecturing mostly about theory.
One student or another has caught me out in mistakes over the course of the
semester, and all I can do is apologize and point out to everyone that I
erred. (I usually try to justify myself by pointing out that I don't
normally catalog this format, but I know that's an excuse. :-\)
I'll be very happy when the last grades have been turned in. I've not been
asked to teach in the next semester, so I assume UA SLIS is not offering
cataloging. Either that or they've found someone they like better.
For a full-time cataloger, doing an online course is a huge time and effort
investment. I don't think I want to do it one semester on top of another.
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