Middle East: Cataloging Instruction in Israel

Snunith Shoham

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Despite its young age compared to similar programs in the United States, cataloging instruction in Israel has also been transformed to reflect the changes in the work done in libraries based on technological innovations and conceptions held by those involved in academia. Cataloging instruction in Israel is marked by a number of factors: There has always been a division, carried through to today, between distinct and independent courses on various aspects of cataloging: a course on classification, a course on descriptive cataloging, and a course on indexing. Even today, these courses are requirements in all of the instructional frameworks, though the length of the course has been reduced over the years. Over the years additional courses have been introduced as a reflection of the technological developments and work in the field. The majority of courses are now taught in computer labs. There has been a switch to instruction by academics and not by librarians, workers in the field, as was customary for many decades. Focus of instruction in university departments is on theory and understanding of concepts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEducation for Library Cataloging
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Perspectives
PublisherTaylor and Francis Inc.
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780203051511
ISBN (Print)0789031124, 9780789031129
StatePublished - 28 Oct 2013

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© 2006 by The Haworth Press, Inc.


  • Education for cataloging
  • Israel
  • Library school curricula
  • Theory vs. practice dilemma


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