You can use a pseudo-email address in Cataloger's Desktop to save a  
set of resources in the preferences and have the students load this as  
their "email" address. Then they only view the ones that are relevant  
for an introductory class.

It's fragile and breaks throughout the semester now and again, since  
you can't protect it from students' changing the set accidentally, but  
it is kinder to beginners to have only the ones they need to look at-- 
in my course that's AACR2, LCRI, and SCM.

I use the paper AACR2 in the beginning course and have them do a  
worksheet that takes them through the structure of the book so that  
they have to look at certain features and get comfortable flipping  
through it.

On May 20, 2009, at 12:19 PM, Shawne Miksa wrote:

> We have been using Cataloger's Desktop since about 2003, but I have  
> found
> that students are overwhelmed regardless of format. I direct them  
> towards
> the Help screens, etc., and try to steer them to just use a few of the
> tools--mainly just AACR2 and SCM.

Cheryl Tarsala
University of Illinois
Graduate School of Library and Information Science
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"I teach cataloging."