Improving the Practicum or Internship Experience in Cataloging

Melanie McGurr, The University of Akron


The perceived importance of hands-on work in cataloging education led the authors to survey people who completed a cataloging practicum or internship, as well as supervisors of cataloging practicum students or interns, to assess the successes and possible failures of the experience. Responding to the survey were 137 practicum or internship students and 131 supervisors. After analyzing the results of the survey, the authors compiled a list of best practices for students and supervisors in order to provide readers with practical advice on this important subject.