I've been using
The Whimsy of Cataloging by Richard A. Murray
Which they really like because it really shows how we cataloger types get our geek on and love it and aren't grumpy people with severe hair buns in the back room.

I also use Svenonius, Elaine. Chapter 2 "Bibliographic Objectives." In The Intellectual Foundation of Information Organization. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 2000, p. 15-30. 
Leiter, Richard A. (2003). "Reflections on Ranganathan's Five Laws of Library Science." Law Library Journal, 95 (3/summer), 411-18.
Harris, Patricia R. "Why Standards Matter." portal: Libraries and the Academy 1, no. 4 (2001): 525-29.

Sometimes I throw in the ICP and then have them read it again later in the semester. Usually light bulbs go off with the second reading.

Bobby Bothmann

Robert Bothmann
Metadata & Emerging Technologies Librarian
Associate Professor, Library Services
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Subject: Beginning Cataloging Readings

Hi everyone,

I am hoping to get some feedback from those of you who teach beginning cataloging courses. I am revising my syllabus for our introduction to cataloging course that is required for all of our MLIS students. I want to include some different readings as some of the ones I have been using are getting a little dated. For example, I really like Alan Danskin's "Tomorrow never knows" but it was written in 2006 and the stats he uses are getting a little old-ish. Here is the citation:

Danskin, Alan. (2006). "Tomorrow never knows" : the end of cataloguing? 
World Library and Information Congress: 72nd IFLA General Conference and Council, 20-24 August 2006, Seoul, Korea. Available: 

I also really like this one:

Levy, David  M. (1995). "Cataloging in the digital order." In Digital 
Libraries '95: The Second Annual Conference on the Theory and Practice of 
Digital Libraries, June 11-13, 1995, Austin, Texas. Available:   

But it has some *really* dated material since it was written in 1995! I do 
think that it discusses what cataloging *is* in the way that speaks to 
beginning students who have zero background and/or interest in cataloging, 
so I still like to assign it with the caveat that it....well...was written 
in 1995. 

Are there any relatively current readings (let's say the last 5 years) that 
you like to assign to beginning cataloging students? Or older ones that 
don't seem dated quite yet? (of course, I am thinking beyond the usual 
foundational readings - Cutter, Lubetzky, etc....)

Thanks in advance!


Karen Snow, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Graduate School of Library & Information Science

Dominican University

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