Because the education and training of catalogers concerns all types and sizes of libraries and information organizations, this call is for papers for a special issue of the Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (JELIS), the official scholarly publication of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE),  ( Papers should focus on education and continuing education in an age of Google, electronic resources, digital libraries, shifting standards, and metadata developments. 

This issue of JELIS will supplement and extend the presentations at “What They Don’t Teach in Library School: Competencies, Education and Employer Expectations for a Career in Cataloging," a preconference during the American Library Association Annual Conference. This preconference at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. on Friday, June 22, 2007 is sponsored by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, ALISE, and the Library of Congress. Nationally known librarians, bibliographic access services administrators, technical services managers, and educators have been invited to address the theme. The papers scheduled for presentation at the preconference are:

Core competencies required for a cataloging career in public libraries (J. Randolph Call, Detroit Public Library) 
Managing a shortage of catalogers: a research library perspective (Beacher Wiggins, Library of Congress)
Integration of “old” and “new” cataloging competencies in academic libraries: bridging the gap (Karen Calhoun, Cornell University) 
Methods and materials for recruitment to a career in cataloging (Janet Swan Hill, University of Colorado – Boulder) 
Employers’ expectations for cataloging recruits (Brian E.C. Schottlaender, University of California at San Diego)
Training issues managers face: increasing awareness of employer and educator needs (Matthew Beacom, Yale University) 
Improving education across the U.S. for catalogers: placing emphasis on the library and information science curriculum (Sylvia D. Hall-Ellis, University of Denver)

Additional manuscripts for the JELIS issue should be double-spaced, with ample margins, and follow JELIS manuscript guidelines ( The deadline for submission is October 15, 2007. A committee of experts will referee all of the submitted papers. Contributors will be notified of the referees’ decision by December 1, 2007.

For further information, contact: Dr. Sylvia D. Hall-Ellis
Sylvia D. Hall-Ellis, Ph.D.
Library and Information Science Program
University of Denver
1901 E. Iliff Ave., #122
Denver, Colorado 80210-5147
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