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CATALOGING & METADATA
EDUCATION:
THE EMPLOYERS’ PERSPECTIVE
Beth Picknally Camden
Univ. of Pennsylvania
Jan. 2012
Organizational Change
 Economic impact
 Budget cuts
 Staff reduction
 Lean organizations
 Organizations moving in new...
Types of positions
 Temporary positions
 Grant-funded positions
 Part-time positions
 Hybrid positions
 Metadata/digi...
Types of Skills
 Technical skills
 RDA, FRBR, linked data
 Non-MARC metadata
 Coding/programming
 Massaging & mapping...
Candidate pools
 Generally larger than in the past
 BUT many don’t meet qualifications
 Either/Or candidates
 Mid-care...
Orientation/Training
 For entry level: cataloging tools, authority
work, classification
 AACR2 and RDA
 Local practice;...
Perceptions of MLS programs
 Concerns:
 Balance between theory
and practical
 Distance education
 Adjunct faculty
 Ca...
Internships/Practicums
 Importance of practical experience along with
degree
 MLS programs should encourage/require
 Va...
Citations
 Hsieh-Yee, Ingrid. “Cataloging and Metadata Education: A Proposal
for Preparing Cataloging Professionals of th...
“To the extent that library
education includes the principles
of information organization and
develops the skills needed i...
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Cataloging & Metadata Education: The Employers’ Perspective

  1. 1. CATALOGING & METADATA EDUCATION: THE EMPLOYERS’ PERSPECTIVE Beth Picknally Camden Univ. of Pennsylvania Jan. 2012
  2. 2. Organizational Change  Economic impact  Budget cuts  Staff reduction  Lean organizations  Organizations moving in new directions  Hiring  Some libraries not hiring  Different kinds of positions
  3. 3. Types of positions  Temporary positions  Grant-funded positions  Part-time positions  Hybrid positions  Metadata/digital project librarians  Rare book catalogers  Language /Format specialists  Supervisory/ Management
  4. 4. Types of Skills  Technical skills  RDA, FRBR, linked data  Non-MARC metadata  Coding/programming  Massaging & mapping metadata  Foreign Language skills • General skills  Leadership  Project management  Flexibility  Communication  Ability to train others  Humor  Growth potential
  5. 5. Candidate pools  Generally larger than in the past  BUT many don’t meet qualifications  Either/Or candidates  Mid-career librarians in entry-level pools  Librarians in pools for staff positions
  6. 6. Orientation/Training  For entry level: cataloging tools, authority work, classification  AACR2 and RDA  Local practice; local systems  One-on-one training with experienced catalogers—customized to individual  Specialization training (external)
  7. 7. Perceptions of MLS programs  Concerns:  Balance between theory and practical  Distance education  Adjunct faculty  Cataloging not required  Needs  Understanding the cataloging big picture (RDA, FRBR, linked data, etc)  Metadata  Coding/programming  Project management
  8. 8. Internships/Practicums  Importance of practical experience along with degree  MLS programs should encourage/require  Valuable on entry-level resume  Libraries want to give back to the profession  Funding can be issue  Cataloger time can be an issue
  9. 9. Citations  Hsieh-Yee, Ingrid. “Cataloging and Metadata Education: A Proposal for Preparing Cataloging Professionals of the 21st Century.” (2003) http://www.loc.gov/catdir/bibcontrol/CatalogingandMetadataEduca tion.pdf  Mugridge, Rebecca L. “Experiences of Newly-Graduated Cataloging Librarians.”Cataloging & ClassificationQuarterly,Vol. 45, Iss. 3, 2008 DOI:10.1300/J104v45n03_06  Camden, Beth P. “Cataloger Education:The Practitioners'Viewpoint” (ARLIS/NA, March 2003) http://staffweb.library.upenn.edu/~bethpc/Cat_educ.ppt
  10. 10. “To the extent that library education includes the principles of information organization and develops the skills needed in navigating the digital landscape, this is probably a change for the better” —Bill Bovino (UPenn)

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