At Simmons, we use both the paper and the online versions of AACR2.  

I have found that for the intro class (information organization, not cataloging), the online version can be way too much for the beginning student. Until they get more comfortable with the structure and organization of the standard, they tend to get lost very easily. In the intro class, we don't delve too much into the specifics of the cataloging rules; that comes in our actual cataloging courses. 

For the advanced class in Descriptive Cataloging, I allow the students to choose which version of AACR2 they want to use. Surprisingly, over half are choosing to purchase copies of AACR2. This way they can have a copy of their own, they can mark things up, take notes, bring it to class, etc. They do, however, love the links to MARC and the LCRIs that are found in Cataloger's Desktop. In a classroom with only 1 computer and a few laptops that individual student bring to class, the print copies are really useful when doing in-class exercises.  


Daniel N. Joudrey, PhD
Assistant Professor
GSLIS, Simmons College
300 The Fenway, P205-B
Boston, MA 02115
617-521-2863Quoting "Cheryl Tarsala" <[log in to unmask]> Wed, 20 May 2009 
Re: [eduCAT] Textbooks and Course Papers:

> 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."