At Simmons, for our introductory course we use the third edition of The Organization of Information (but my opinion on this matter is a bit biased). We, of course, supplement the textbook with various articles or chapters from the 10th edition of Introduction to Cat and Class. 

I don't assign papers in the intro course, I have presentations (partnered). The topic change every term, but roughly half are on historical topics and half are on new trends, technologies, or anticipated changes. 


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

> Dear Colleagues,
> Here at the University of Denver the knowledge organization course is 
> a foundations course that includes concepts for cataloging. For the 
> Organization of Information course, I use the Taylor book. There is a 
> great deal of additional material in virtual course packets for 
> students to go along with the text. These supplementary materials 
> enable the course to include emerging topics along with the more 
> traditional areas.
> For the first cataloging class (required for all of our students), I 
> use these books:
> * Hall-Ellis, Sylvia D. with J. Ann Jerabek and Merrie W. Valliant. 
> Contemporary Cataloging: A Handbook for Practitioners and Students. 
> (in press – required)
> *Anglo American Cataloguing Rules. 2nd ed., 2003 rev. with 2004 & 
> 2005 amendments. Chicago, Ill.: American Library Association, 
> 2002-2007. (electronic access -- highly recommended)
> * Chan, Lois Mai. Cataloging and Classification: An Introduction. 3rd 
> ed. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press,   2007. (recommended)
> * Taylor, Arlene G. Wynar's Introduction to Cataloging and 
> Classification. 10th ed., rev. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, 
> 2006. (optional)
> Because we have a suite of cataloging courses (in a sequence called 
> Resource Description and Access), students who are interested in this 
> part of the professional take up to five additional courses. If 
> information about these courses or the materials that I use is of 
> interest, let me know.
> Assignments for the introductory cataloging course include the following:
> *Tools & Standards -- short answer and brief essay
> *Authority Control -- short exercise using authority files on the 
> OCLC and LC websites to identify and apply records
> * MARC 21 Formats -- brief essay and electronic worksheets use of the 
> formats for monographs to identify the relationships between rules in 
> AACR2r and MARC fields/subfields, etc.
> * Subject Access -- use of monographs, DVDs, and electronic resources 
> to complete an electronic worksheet to use LCSH (print and/or online)
> * Library of Congress Classification -- short exercise using 
> Classification Web to identify, construct, and class notations
> * Dewey Decimal Classification -- -- short exercise using Web Dewey 
> to identify, construct, and class notations
> * Monographs Format -- preparation of MARC records (level II) for 
> selected materials
> * Projected Graphics Format -- preparation of MARC records (level II) 
> for selected materials
> * Electronic Materials Format -- preparation of MARC records (level 
> II) for selected materials
> There are no written papers (essays, research papers, or the like) 
> because I do not see cataloging as a writing intensive course. The 
> assignments are structured according to the mental models strategy 
> for teaching adults.
> Sylvia
> Sylvia D. Hall-Ellis, Ph.D.
> Associate Professor
> Library and Information Science Program
> Morgridge College of Education
> University of Denver
> 2450 S. Vine St., JMAC #122
> Denver, Colorado 80208
> 303-871-7881 - voice
> 303-871-2709 - FAX
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Susan Ketcham <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2009 2:48 pm
> Subject: [eduCAT] Textbooks and Course Papers
> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Hello All,
>>  Now that the spring semester is over its time for me to review my
>> course syllabus for the Knowledge Organization course I teach during
>> the fall semester and I would like to ask your thoughts on these two 
>> questions:
>>  1. Which textbook are you using? I have used The Organization of
>> Information/ArleneTaylor (2nd ed.) and Essential Cataloguing/J H Bauman.
>>  Like many of you my course is mix of cataloging in Dewey and LC,
>> metadata, FRBR, RDA ....
>>  2. If you assign papers, what are the topics they can choose from? --
>> I like to give my students a few choices
>>  Thanks in advance.
>>  Sue
>>  Susan Ketcham, Professor
>>  Reference Services (former Cataloger)
>>  LIU Brentwood Campus
>>  100 Second Avenue
>>  Brentwood, NY 11717-5300
>>  631.273.5112 X35
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