The Importance of Teaching Cataloging Theory and Conceptual ...

The Importance of Teaching Cataloging Theory and Conceptual ...

Teaching Cataloging Theory and Conceptual Models of Discovery Systems in LIS Programs Shana L. McDanold Georgetown University

Perspective Practitioner Manager Trainer Thesis Knowledge of the fundamentals assists catalogers with and

empowers them with: flexibility accepting/facilitating change improving quality of work

Fundamental theories Anthony Panizzi: 91 rules Charles Coffin Jewett Charles Cutter: Rules for a Printed Dictionary Catalog Seymour Lubetzky Ranganathans 5 Laws

Other fundamentals Subject analysis Classification Relational database structure/System Indexing Fundamentals are the

foundation Tell us: WHY HOW Example: Catalogers

Judgment How does a cataloger make a decision? subject analysis description

Just tell me! doesnt work! Example: System migration Prioritization Timeline Discovery layer impact

Example: New cataloging code Fundamentals dont change!! Why is this important? Change is scary! o less so if you can see how things are

connected over time and across systems Local needs o how to support users in all contexts o flexibility

Thank you! Contact: [email protected]

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