I am in need of some advice.  I joined this list because my dream in life 
is to be a cataloging educator and to study cataloging instruction.  I got 
my MLS about 5 years ago and am in the process of applying to Ph.D 
programs.  A couple weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to schedule a meeting 
with one of the Ph.D advisors of the program I am applying to, who told me 
that cataloging instruction is not an appropriate topic for research (at 
least not for my dissertation).  Needless to say, I am slightly crushed and 
have no good idea on what to study.  

I want so badly to influence new librarians, to change their perceptions of 
cataloging and to show them how fun it can be.  I have volunteered for the 
Task Force on Competencies and Education for a Career in Cataloging, but 
since I cannot afford (on many levels) to go to the ALA conferences, I feel 
like I'm not helping.  

I enjoy reading this listserv very much and am hoping that someone can 
provide me with a little direction.

Thank you.

Maren E.A. Mayer