Hi Suzanne,

      I can't see using our Koha for basic cataloging students to  
input records for graded assignments.

        My plan is to input a set of records for some cookbooks that I  
use as descriptive cataloging examples.  It will be much more  
instructive for students to see the "answers" in a local catalog where  
I can control how they are displayed and searched. I can also put  
variant descriptive records for each book in the database, some  
without their access points, etc., to show how searching is affected  
and authority control works. I'm also fine with them doing whatever  
they want to input records for these via the staff client for  
practice. This (I hope) will be more useful for their exploration than  
just showing them the "right" answer MARC records from OCLC or in  
someone else's catalog or typing up an assignment as a document.

      With our new live online session environment I'll also be able  
to share my screen and show what a staff client looks like and how the  
input process works, as Faye has done.


On Aug 21, 2009, at 5:04 AM, Suzanne Stauffer wrote:

> Is or has anyone used Koha to teach cataloging? If so, would you  
> mind sharing how you did it?
> I finally got the company to respond. David Bavousett set up 5  
> "instances" and 5 "staff clients", complete with bibliographic  
> records. That would be great for staff training, but I'm having  
> trouble seeing how I would use this in a cataloging course.  
> Obviously, I don't need or want bibliographic records. I want the  
> students to create and add records, not search for them. I've asked  
> for help and tried using the documentation, but can't find anything  
> on using it in teaching.
> I can see how students can add records to the databases, but what I  
> can't figure out is how I would find the records they created to  
> grade them. Even more importantly, with only 5 bibliographic  
> databases, either the students will all be cataloging different  
> items (which would make grading oh so much fun), or I'll have to  
> divide them into 5 groups, with students in each group cataloging  
> different items. That means I'd have between 1 and 6 different items  
> per group. I'm assuming that the system won't allow duplicate  
> records in a single database; if it did, it would be too much to  
> expect students not to "just take a peek at how superstudent did it."
> I'm probably missing something extemely elementary. Can anyone help?
> Suzanne M. Stauffer, Ph.D.
> Assistant Professor
> School of Library and Information Science
> Louisiana State University
> 275 Coates Hall
> Baton Rouge, LA 70803
> (225)578-1461
> Fax: (225)578-4581
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