Cataloging across the curriculum: A syndetic structure for teaching cataloging


Continuous consideration of the curriculum and the environment is required to provide a cataloging curriculum responsive to an evolving profession yet grounded in solid theory and principles. The necessary competencies for future catalogers suggested by the cataloging community are examined. Fifty-two ALA-accredited library school programs are analyzed to determine the strength of cataloging within the curriculum and the degree to which the competencies are addressed. It is concluded that adequate education of future catalogers requires an expanded view beyond traditional cataloging courses. The recommendation is for a curricular syndetic structure that identifies relationships among courses and links courses with the concepts and competencies necessary for organizing information.

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Cataloging & Classification Quarterly


Routledge Taylor and Francis

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Copyright © 1997 Routledge


Published simultaneously in A. Thomas & J. Shearer (Eds.), Cataloging and classification: Trends, transformations, teaching, and training. New York: Haworth Press