The teaching of cataloging in U.S. library schools

Roxanne Sellberg*

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U.S. library schools have recently been criticized for preparing librarians inadequately for cataloging and the management of cataloging operations. Historical review reveals that space for cataloging instruction in library school curricula has been decreasing since the 1930s. Meanwhile, the challenges facing catalogers have increased. Tlie gap between knowledge needed by new catalogers and knowledge gained in library school is too wide to be bridged by the traditional, one-year master's degree program. In order to ensure future generations of competent and creative catalogers, large research libraries and library schools must work in partnership to develop programs, facilitate important new research into catalog problems, and create a market in which catalogers are rewarded for their expertise and responsibility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-42
Number of pages13
JournalLibrary Resources and Technical Services
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences

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