I used to have cataloging students select 5 books for their final
project. they had to submit scans of the title page and verso
information along with their final records for each.
Throughout the term they also studied basics about creating records
through weekly homework exercises. This is one way to also let
students know that you will be comparing the actual information from
their selected books (i.e. title page in hand etc) with what they have
put on their final project records submitted. So many times I would
ask a student why did their record have a different year or different
edition listed than from the actual title page they submitted with
their work. Most students were responsible with their work, but there
were always a few who maybe thought you did not actually check these
things, they are pretty basic. And if there is anything a cataloger
beginning or advanced needs to know is how important it remains to
look at the item you have in front of you especially the title page
(even if it's an e-resource!) you have to be able to observe the item
perhaps most of all.
I'm not sure if you do this already, but it worked well in that it
also allowed students to pick certain materials that interested them,
they always had to submit the selections on a list beforehand so that
they were ok to work with and not way beyond basic examples for the
beginning level course (no serials etc) I also used to remind
students too that a good cataloger on the job must also learn how to
recognize a 'bad' record from a 'good' record and why. online
catalogs as many of you know also, are full of garbage records.
Congrats on surviving your grading ! now go and relax :-)
Cheers, Karen Weaver
Karen Weaver, MLS, Electronic Resources Statistician, Duquesne University
Gumberg Library, Pittsburgh PA email [log in to unmask] / Gmail: [log in to unmask]
On 5/18/11, Suzanne Stauffer <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I've just finished grading for this semester and once again have had to deal
> with sometimes-rampant cheating. With online access to online catalogs, even
> using outdated materials is no solution.
> I don't want to debate teaching philosophy. I have a more practical
> question/favor to ask. Before I spend all the time to create imaginary
> works, does anyone out there have some that they would be willing to share
> or exchange? I'll be happy to create as many in exchange as I receive.
> Suzanne M. Stauffer, Ph.D.
> Assistant Professor
> School of Library and Information Science
> Louisiana State University
> 275 Coates Hall
> Baton Rouge, LA 70803
> Fax: (225)578-4581
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> Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
> Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
> --T.S. Eliot, "Choruses from The Rock"