Hello Danny and fellow educators,

At Kent State we do not use Connexion for the core Information Organization course, although students are informed that this is one of the sources for authority records (links to it and to tutorials are provided if they want to explore it on their own).

In the cataloging courses (electives), I use it for finding bibliographic records, authority records, and students have an option to use it to create their bibliographic or authority records. I also have MS Word templates they can use to create bibliographic records. I provide links to Connexion tutorials, my own recorded tutorials, and I demonstrate searching and using authority records in the context of original cataloging during overview sessions.

Best regards,

Athena Salaba, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
School of Information, Kent State University
330-672-0023  | 330-672-2782 (iSchool)

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Subject: [eduCAT] Do you teaching OCLC searching?

Hello fellow LIS Org/Cataloging/Metadata instructors,

At Simmons, in our core Info Org course, for years we have been giving the students a searching assignment in OCLC Connexion for a couple of reasons: (1) they get comfortable with MARC that way, (2) they learn the back-end of WorldCat, and (3) they learn to search in a variety of ways (numeric searches, derived searches, keyword searches, scanning titles, etc.). I am debating whether I should continue using this assignment. It has a steep learning curve. The students need time to work through my OCLC searching tutorial before they can work on the assignment. I am wondering if maybe I should put this in one of my cataloging courses instead.

Do you have your students search OCLC Connexion in your entry-level class? In later classes? At all?

I'd really like to know.