Subject Analysis Training for Cataloging Paraprofessionals: A Model for Ongoing Learning and Support

TitleSubject Analysis Training for Cataloging Paraprofessionals: A Model for Ongoing Learning and Support
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsSapon-White, R
JournalTechnical Services Quarterly
Type of ArticleArticle
Keywordscatalogers, Cataloging of academic dissertations, Library of Congress–Study and teaching (Continuing education), Library technicians–In-service training, paraprofessionals, subject analysis, Subject headings, training
AbstractOregon State University has trained paraprofessionals to assign subject headings to theses and dissertations. This article describes the training program for the paraprofessionals and the ongoing support provided by weekly meetings to discuss works that are difficult to analyze. The transition from copy cataloging to subject analysis is a major one for many paraprofessionals. The article identifies common errors made by new subject analysts and how they can be overcome. These meetings provide a venue for further training on subject analysis, practice in subject heading assignment, and building cooperation among staff. They also allow the cataloging supervisor to manage his/her own time better. [{ABSTRACT} {FROM} {AUTHOR]} Copyright of Technical Services Quarterly is the property of Taylor & Francis Ltd and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)