Mary Miller said---
>But I still maintain that one should have some hands-on practice, especially in an >advanced course, and it's been a challenge to figure how much feels "just right" in >the midst of everything else. Diane's excellent suggestion helped me maintain my >sanity by providing an "ideal" version of the records and then having the students >proofread and comment on one another's work. (Of course I then proofed the >proofreading and comments, but it was still less time-consuming.)
>But back to whether cataloging students should be learning to actually catalog: I >think they should.
>If our cataloging rules aren't based on our cataloging theory, then what in God's >name are we doing? Seriously, we catalogers might as well go pick daisies or >something if we're fussing about a standard that our best scholarship doesn't >support.
I did my MLIS work in 2003-04 at the University of Western Ontario. We had a required course and an optional one. I took both. We had quite a lot of practice cataloguing as well as the theory. Only near the end of the optional course was there work on metadata and FRBR.
I now teach 3 courses in cataloguing to technician students. We do a lot of practice. Not a lot of theory but I do try to tie it all together.
Classes are done for now and I have the summer to figure how much RDA I want to bring into the first course for a new set of students [we do an intake every 2 years].
Brian Rountree, MLIS, Instructor
Library + Information Technology Program
Red River College
W201 - 160 Princess St.
Winnipeg, MB R3B 1K9