Dear Kathryn and all,
At the University of North Texas, Shawne Miksa has been teaching a short summer course for the past two summers that has been successful and popular with students. Last semester, we incorporated RDA and FRBR into one Lesson at the end of the semester of the intro. to cataloging course - nothing too in-depth, just something that says: this is what FRBR and RDA are and what the end product may look like. In my opinion, it is much more important for the students to understand FRBR anf thinking "outside of AACR2" than learning the nitty gritty of RDA at this point.
I am teaching the advanced cataloging course this semester and I am primarily focusing on AACR2, but assuming I can figure out how to get an RDA Toolkit subscription for a few weeks, I am going to have my students catalog using RDA for the last few weeks of the semester just so they get the practice and can tell prospective employers that they can catalog using RDA. However, quite frankly, I don't see the need to give them more practice than this since RDA is not yet the accepted standard in practice (and may not be for some time). I am also very concerned about them getting AACR2 and RDA confused - hence my desire to keep AACR2 and RDA practice completely separate.
Department of Library & Information Sciences
University of North Texas
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On 2/10/11 1:34 PM, Kathryn La Barre wrote:
> I've had an off list conversation with Nerissa about the existence of
> EDUCAT, http://www.loc.gov/catworkshop/clw-educat.html
> And have brought this conversation on RDA-L to the attention of EDUCAT
> subscribers. I've asked other cataloguing educators on that list about
> their plans for the cataloguing curriculum (wrt RDA, etc). I'll post a
> summary here.
> I work at GSLIS at the University of Illinois, where last Fall, we
> hosted an RDA practicum for students as part of the national test of
> RDA . Our experiences there are beginning to filter into the curriculum.
> I work closely with five adjunct instructors as we continue to shape
> the future of cataloging education at our institution. We will meet in
> March to discuss incorporating RDA, and needed changes in our approach
> to cataloguing education because as Nerissa points out -- students
> today will be at the forefront!
> Currently at GSLIS, in addition to discussion of RDA in our beginning
> and advanced cataloging courses - we cover it in our core required
> course Information Organization and Access as part of our
> instructional module about structures and standards which cover FRBR
> and other Metadata standards.
> Kathryn La Barre
> Assistant Professor
> Graduate School of Library and Information Science
> University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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