ERIC Number: ED307873
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Training in Cataloging. A Review of the First Year.
This discussion of personal experiences and training during a cataloger's first year begins by discussing four primary objectives in training for the cataloging of original monographs: (1) searching for suitable cataloging records using the online databases; (2) using AACR2 (Anglo American Cataloging Rules 2) standards in cataloging a monograph; (3) selecting appropriate Library of Congress classification numbers and subject headings for materials being cataloged; and (4) completing original RLIN (Research Libraries Information Network) workforms for items that have never been cataloged before or for which no suitable record exists. It is suggested that these objectives correspond very well to the stages of training a new cataloger, with each stage building on the skills learned in the previous stage. Filing in the public catalog was also learned during this first year training process. It is concluded that, although original cataloging can seem like a very difficult skill to master at the beginning of the training period, after the sequence of training steps has been completed original cataloging seems like a naturally acquired skill. (5 references) (EW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Oklahoma Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries (Tahlequah, OK, October 1988).