Collaborating to Provide Experienced-based Learning ALAO ...

Collaborating to Provide Experienced-based Learning ALAO ...

Collaborating to Provide Experienced-based Learning ALAO Technical Services Interest Group Spring Workshop March 4, 2005, KSU Margaret Maurer Assistant Professor, Catalog and Metadata Librarian Kent State University March 4, 2005 ALAO Technical Services

1 SLIS and LMS Collaboration Collaborating since 1999 Shared responsibilities Need for practical application of what is taught in the classroom March 4, 2005 ALAO Technical Services 2 Context for the Collaboration

Practical education for librarianship Availability of courses in technical services and cataloging Forces shaping curriculum development for library schools Impact of temporary workers in technical services Changing nature of technical services Other economic factors March 4, 2005 ALAO Technical Services 3

Practical education for librarianship A role for training Requiring practical experiences prior to graduation in other professions Some skills are more easily learned in the context of the library Practica typically are limited in time March 4, 2005 ALAO Technical Services 4

Impact of temporary workers in technical services Time spent orienting and training must be balanced by real benefits The library must structure the student experiences to maximize the benefits for both the library and the student. March 4, 2005 ALAO Technical Services 5 Other economic factors

Financial support for libraries in Ohio is declining, and must be defended The misguided notion that all cataloging can be outsourced Impending retirement boom for technical services librarians Lack of redundancy in cataloging departments Fewer junior cataloging positions (the 2 year gap) March 4, 2005 ALAO Technical Services 6

Ohio TS Labor Force Survey Preliminary Results There will continue to be openings There is a need for the continuing education of technical services and cataloging librarians Candidate pools are perceived as smaller and less qualified March 4, 2005 ALAO Technical Services 7

More Preliminary Results 6% of the respondents have conducted a TS search with no qualified candidates Labor Force will be stable over the next 5 years As of yet, few TS librarians have the word metadata in their job title or description March 4, 2005 ALAO Technical Services 8

Forces shaping curriculum development for library schools Research orientation Course loads in library schools Teaching information science Increasing complexity in cataloging itself 2 years experience March 4, 2005 ALAO Technical Services 9

Availability of courses in technical services and cataloging Fewer cataloging classes offered Hands-on practice in library school Re-integration of library schools and libraries March 4, 2005 ALAO Technical Services 10 SLIS / LMS Collaborations

Collaboration through Student Workers Graduate Student Assistants Practicum Students Volunteers Curriculum Collaborations Additional Collaborations March 4, 2005 ALAO Technical Services 11 Graduate Student Assistants The hiring process should be as professional

as possible Assess departmental needs before you hire Dont just use generic job requirements Interview responsibly March 4, 2005 ALAO Technical Services 12 Graduate Student Assistants Provide them with the tools to do the job Provide an orientation At severance, schedule an exit interview

March 4, 2005 ALAO Technical Services 13 Practicum Students If GSAs are temporary employees, then practicum students are very-temporary employees The best practicum experiences happen when a good match is made between the needs and expectations of the student and the needs of the library

March 4, 2005 ALAO Technical Services 14 Practicum Students Cycle students through the same training materials, one after another. Maintain a stable of projects Provide necessary resources March 4, 2005

ALAO Technical Services 15 Collection Management Practicum Student Checklist Preplanning for program improvement Recruitment tasks Selection processes Equipment, software and workspace needs Orientation materials Expectations and methods of assessment Training needs Supervision, and The students professional experience assessment

March 4, 2005 ALAO Technical Services 16 Practicum Program Students Have Cataloged Assisted with authority control Written collection development policies Copy-cataloged gift books Reviewed license agreements March 4, 2005

ALAO Technical Services 17 Student Reactions to the Program When I started I was a raw well-educated, well-meaning rookie .. Now I feel like a librarian. March 4, 2005 ALAO Technical Services 18

Learning & Assessment Students learn new skills Students create a portfolio of original work Students are evaluated Students evaluate the program March 4, 2005 ALAO Technical Services 19 Volunteers (Students and PostGraduate) Be professional about attracting and retaining

volunteers Follow the same work rules for volunteers as you do for employees. March 4, 2005 ALAO Technical Services 20 Curriculum Collaborations Yes they can tour your work area there are ways to minimize disruptions. Presentations in SLIS classes Attracting future library professionals

Adjunct faculty March 4, 2005 ALAO Technical Services 21 Other Collaborations Professional publications Collegial relationships Other adjunct instructors March 4, 2005 ALAO Technical Services

22 LMS Gives Receives ACTIVITY Practicum projects Student volunteers Graduate student assistants Potential staff recruitment Cooperative attitude at upper levels of management Research, publications, and

conference presentations Students develop professional references and form the beginning of their professional network Relationship between SLIS library representative and library liaison Tours of technical services by SLIS classes Presentations by LMS Faculty in SLIS classes LMS Faculty as SLIS adjunct faculty Practical experience at assessment SLIS Gives Receives

ALCTS CETRC Mentoring Program Education, Training, and Recruitment for Cataloging (CETRC), ALCTS Cataloging and Classification Section http://library.ucsc.edu/mentoring March 4, 2005 ALAO Technical Services 24

Forthcoming article: Maurer, Margaret Beecher and Wicks, Don A. Collaboration in Collection Management: A Convergence of Education & Practice. Resource Sharing & Information Networks. 17(1/2). Projected publication date is 2005. March 4, 2005 ALAO Technical Services 25 Contact information Margaret Maurer, MLS

Assistant Professor, Catalog & Metadata Librarian Kent State University Libraries and Media Services 370 Library, P.O. Box 5190 Kent, OH 44242-0001 330.672.1702 http://www.library.kent.edu/~mmaurer [email protected] March 4, 2005 ALAO Technical Services 26

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