I give my students an OCLC searching assignment in my Cataloging & Metadata Management course. As you mention, it's a good way for them to get more comfortable with MARC. It helps them make connections between bib and authority records, and many of my students have said that they appreciate the "real world" application. That's probably because when they get to the assignment, they've been working through a lot of theory in earlier modules.
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Subject: [eduCAT] Do you teaching OCLC searching?
Hello fellow LIS Org/Cataloging/Metadata instructors,
At Simmons, in our core Info Org course, for years we have been giving the students a searching assignment in OCLC Connexion for a couple of reasons: (1) they get comfortable with MARC that way, (2) they learn the back-end of WorldCat, and (3) they learn to search in a variety of ways (numeric searches, derived searches, keyword searches, scanning titles, etc.). I am debating whether I should continue using this assignment. It has a steep learning curve. The students need time to work through my OCLC searching tutorial before they can work on the assignment. I am wondering if maybe I should put this in one of my cataloging courses instead.
Do you have your students search OCLC Connexion in your entry-level class? In later classes? At all?
I'd really like to know.