Cataloguing: Old School?
02/13/2011 22 Comments
A commenter on Andy Woodworth’s blog brought up a subject I’ve long been curious of. Should library schools require a cataloguing course? This has been a subject of some question since I was in library school. My school did and still does require LIS 703 among its few requisite courses. Yet I’ve never looked into the question to any great extent.
Branch librarians in large metropolitan systems do little or no cataloguing at all. Yet academic libraries, school libraries, and small public libraries usually do some in-house cataloguing, along with regular copy-cataloguing. I suspect the topic would best be served by a discourse among cataloguers and librarians who work in facilities that perform regular cataloguing of materials. I’d particularly like to hear from those who catalogue materials in the latest formats, as opposed to books alone.
So, I put it to you. Should library schools continue to make students haul around AACR2 in a 3-ring binder for 12-18 weeks? Does every emergent librarian need to have a cursory knowledge of cataloguing procedures? Should library schools still require at least one course in material organization? Why or why not?