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Practicum: Cataloging Department, University of Tennessee Libraries

Practicum Type

In Person

Semester, Number of Students

Spring or Summer 2020, single student


Knoxville, TN

Work Site

The Cataloging Department at UT Libraries is consisted of six personnel; the department head and five senior cataloging specialists. The office locates in room 306 on the 3rd floor of John C. Hodges Library. The student will share a work station, equipped with a desktop computer, with the department’s student library assistant.

Student Tasks

The student will learn MARC21 coding and cataloging guidelines (RDA and local best practices) to describe UT’s electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs). The student will enter their bibliographic descriptions (for the backlog of 2014 ETDs (560 titles) and for the new ETDs, as needed) from TRACE (UT’s institutional repository) into OCLC WorldCat database’s save files for the catalogers to perform authority works, subject analyses and application, as needed, to complete the cataloging process in OCLC and Alma platforms.

During the last month of the practicum, the student will also learn the theory of subject analyses and the application of Library of Congress Subject Headings to apply to the ETDs. If time will allow, the student will also learn the concept of name authority control.

Type of mentoring provided to student

The student will work under the supervision of our senior cataloger/coordinator of ETDs’ cataloging.

Level of interaction the student will have with others in the organization

The student will report to Head of Cataloging and interact with the rest of the Cataloging Team in a collegial and supportive environment.

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