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

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

2 Practitioner Manager Trainer Perspective

3 Knowledge of the fundamentals assists catalogers with and empowers them with: flexibility accepting/facilitating change improving quality of work Thesis

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

5 Subject analysis Classification Relational database structure/System Indexing Other fundamentals

6 Tell us: WHY HOW Fundamentals are the foundation

7 How does a cataloger make a decision? subject analysis description “Just tell me!” doesn’t work! Example: Cataloger’s Judgment

8 Prioritization Timeline Discovery layer impact Example: System migration

9 Fundamentals don’t change!! Example: New cataloging code

10 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 Why is this important?

11 Thank you! Contact: sm2827@georgetown.edu


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