Monday, January 14, 2008

What They Don't Teach in Library School

What They Don't Teach in Library School: Competencies, Education, and Employer Expectations for a Career in Cataloging

On June 22, 2007, librarians from across the United States and Canada gathered in Washington, D.C. during ALA Annual to discuss the future of cataloging at a preconference sponsored by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, Committee on Education, Training & Recruitment for Cataloging (ALCTS/CETRC), the Library of Congress and the Catholic University of America. The preconference was designed to assess the current state of recruitment and education in cataloging and its suitability for the current library environment. The sessions focused on the disconnect between what you learn in library school and the reality of working in cataloging. Panel members shared their professional viewpoints and personal experiences related to the changing technical skills, education requirements, cataloging and bibliographic access competencies and employers’ expectations for catalog librarians in the 21st century.

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(Cataloging Futures blog)

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