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Has anyone else read the "On My Mind" piece by Arthur Marx in this 
month's American Libraries?  In it, he speaks of his experience 
learning cataloging on the job where he is the only cataloger. He's 
certainly not the first MLS graduate to find himself unexpectedly 
hired as a cataloger, but it's kind of surprising he was hired in a 
world of job ads that demand "two years experience."

Do you think his lack of cataloging knowledge coming out of a basic 
cataloging course is only to be expected? Are our across-the-board 
average outcomes this low so that a student passing a basic 
cataloging course doesn't really have the punctuation down, or 
understand an authority record?
-- 
Cheryl Boettcher Tarsala
Adjunct Assistant Professor
LEEP Program, Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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The views expressed here are my own and not those of UIUC or GSLIS.