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Training cataloguing professionals at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine: part 2

Hosein, Yacoob and Bowen-Chang, Portia

Portia Ingrid Bowen-Chang

Library Review





Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to assess the effectiveness of cataloguing training for professionals at the St Augustine Campus Libraries of the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago, with emphasis on the cataloguing of special formats and the overall importance of continuing education. Design/methodology/approach – The research methodology is based on a questionnaire which involved the use of a rolling survey for the periods 2005-2007 and 2007-2010, and utilized a five-point Likert scale. Findings – The findings clearly demonstrate the effectiveness of cataloguing training in the quest for professional development amongst librarians and also serve to highlight the need for greater collaboration between libraries, library schools and library associations. Practical implications – The paper considers effectiveness of training in cataloguing and thus of the skills adopted in practice. Originality/value – The study brings to the fore the importance of structured training for cataloguing professionals over a five-year period. It also provides further insights into bridging the gap between entry level and working cataloguers in a developing country.


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