Document (#32209)

Editor
Sun, D.D. u. R.C. Carter
Title
Education for library cataloging : international perspectives
Imprint
New York : Haworth
Year
2006
Pages
492 S
Isbn
0-7890-3113-6
Abstract
Co-published simultaneously as Cataloging & classification quarterly, volume 41, number 2, 2005 and volume 41, numbers 3/4, 2006.
Content
Inhalt: Education and training for cataloguing at the University of Botswana Library : an overview / Rose Tiny Kgosiemang -- The relevance of cataloguing in library science curriculum in Cross River State of Nigeria in this technological age / J.I. Iwe -- The education and training of cataloguing students in South Africa through distance education / Linda M. Cloete -- Education of cataloging and classification in China / Zhanghua Ma -- The status quo and future development of cataloging and classification education in China / Li Si -- Education for knowledge organization : the Indian scene / K.S. Raghavan -- Current status of cataloging and classification education in Japan / Shoichi Taniguchi -- A study on the job training and self-training of the cataloging and classification librarians working in South Korean academic libraries / Chul-Wan Kwak -- Beyond our expectations : a review of an independent learning module in descriptive cataloguing at the Queensland University of for cataloguing and classification in Australia / Ross Harvey, Susan Reynolds -- Education for cataloging and classification in Austria and Germany / Monika Münnich, Heidi Zotter-Straka, Petra Hauke -- Education and training on studies and professional librarianship schools / Anna Sitarska -- Cataloging education on the sunny side of the Alps / Jerry D. Saye, Alenka ^Sauperl -- Education for cataloging in Spanish universities : a descriptive and López-Cózar -- Education and training for cataloguing and classification in the British Isles / J.H. Bowman -- The teaching of information processing in the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina / Elsa E. Barber, Silvia L. Pisano -- Education for cataloging and classification in Mexico / Filiberto Felipe Martínez Arellano -- Education for cataloging and related areas in Peru / Ana María Talavera Ibarra -- Cataloging and classification education in Egypt : stressing the fundamentals while moving toward automated applications / Mohammed Fat'hy Abdel Hady, Ali Kamal Shaker -- An account of cataloging and classification education in Iranian universities / Mortaza Kokabi -- Cataloging instruction in Israel / Snunith Shoham -- Continuing education for catalogers in Saudi Arabia / Zahiruddin Khurshid.
Footnote
Rez. in: KO 33(2006) no.2, S.119-20 (S.S. Intner): "This survey of cataloging education around the world offers readers a rich menu of experiences, educational offerings, and approaches to the subject of cataloging education as it is currently practiced in 24 countries of the world, excluding the United States and Canada. The exclusion does not mean that English-speaking countries are entirely absent from the book, however. Two nations outside North America, South Africa (in one chapter) and Australia (in two chapters), are covered. The chapters are organized geographically, beginning with the African continent, and followed by several each under headings for Asia, Australia (two chapters), Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Nations whose cataloging education programs are described include (in order of presentation) Botswana, Nigeria, South Africa, China (both the People's Republic of China and Taiwan), India, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Austria and Germany (described together in one chapter), Poland, Slovenia, Spain, the British Isles (England, Scotland, and Wales), Argentina, Mexico, Peru, Egypt, Iran, Israel, and Saudi Arabia. As readers might expect, many chapters reflect common experiences among the countries, particularly regarding the proliferation of subjects in competition with cataloging and classification in library school curricula. There are also some common problems, such as dealing with the changes in education and training prompted by automation. Generally, computer-based cataloging is not a new issue anywhere, although in some areas of the world, catalogers still work with manual systems. Describing cataloging education in Nigeria, J. I. Iwe states: "... the card catalogue is still being used in all libraries, including the University of Calabar library where the only library school in the state exists (p. 33)." In other places, computer infrastructure has developed to a level that supports coursework online. As Linda M. Cloete writes, "The ultimate goal of the training resource program is to develop an online, fully interactive course: an online virtual cataloging classroom (p. 66)."
The eternal debate in the teaching of cataloging over theory versus practice emerges in this volume. As Li Si suggests in describing cataloging education in the People's Republic of China, the matter might be laid at the door of the faculty, stating, "Although the majority of teaching faculty members in the library and information science programs have a solid theoretical foundation from their school education and training, they do not normally possess practical work experience in their field of specialty and they are not familiar with the application of technologies in the field. In order to enhance their practical skills, these faculty members should be given the opportunity to work in libraries... This way, they would be able to put theory into practice and gain rich, practical field experience, thus improving the relevance and quality of their teaching (p. 97)." One wonders how warmly faculty members would welcome that kind of opportunity! On the other hand, in many places, onthe-job training is weak, as Shoichi Taniguchi describes it in Japan, "on the job training and continuing education are neither encouraged nor promoted (p. 132)." Among the most interesting and important aspects of this book are the tables of hard data it presents. Almost every chapter reports on surveys done by the authors on the state of library education in general and/or the kinds of offerings in cataloging and classification available within their countries. Some authors also include statistics on the numbers of persons receiving certificates, diplomas, and/or master's degrees, which is useful in understanding the different levels of expertise being developed over time. While one could argue that there are gaps in coverage, with large, influential countries such as France and Italy in Europe, Brazil, Bolivia, and Chile in South America, and Thailand and Myanmar in Asia, left out of the book, for the most part there is good representation from different parts of the globe. Education for Library Cataloging is a good choice as a textbook for coursework in International Librarianship as well as a primer in what to expect if one's information center is affiliated with partners outside the United States and Canada. This book should be seen as an important "must read" for all library students and practitioners concerned about issues of increasing globalization in bibliographic control. It is highly recommended."
Theme
Formalerschließung
Ausbildung
LCSH
Cataloging / Study and teaching
Classification / Study and teaching
Library education
DDC
025.3/071 22
LCC
Z693.E38 2006

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