Just a thought
As one of the few remaining teachers of a core cataloguing module in a UK postgraduate LIS degrees. i would make a few comments:
I have been teaching cataloguing for over 20 years
I have an MA
I spend more time delivering cataloguing training to professional groups than delivering cataloguing as a part of th ecurriculum (as a result of this I changed from full time to part time staff at the university)
My teaching has evoloved in response to the changes in the training requirements and information gathered from training particpants
I have been a part time Ph D student for too many years - research time being squeezed by the day job and now having no allowance and more teaching
I suppose my major concern is about the relevance of the subject of the Ph D to teaching cataloguing. How many mainstream research topics - builit round the major tools used in cataloguing are there?
Quality cataloguing is the key to knowledge discovery - which as a sudent of 19th century American cataloging practice - was seen as a key concern in a democratic socieity - and for me that is still the case.
Keith V. Trickey
Liverpool Business School
Liverpool John Moores University
From: Discussion List for issues related to cataloging & metadata education & training on behalf of Buzz Haughton
Sent: Tue 12/8/2009 11:21 PM
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Subject: Re: [eduCAT] PhDs for cataloging instructors, or not?
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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