Best of Core Forum: What is "Cataloging"? An Analysis of Job Postings

Description: Like many library jobs, cataloging job titles and duties have changed significantly over time. Catalogers and leaders might notice cataloging is being rolled into other positions, being outsourced on a more regular basis, or in some cases even being eliminated. An analysis of job postings from the past shows a need for cataloging still exists at libraries. The skillsets required have become both more specialized, and also more all-encompassing, depending on each library’s needs.

This webinar was previously presented in-person as a session at the 2023 Core Forum. We are hosting this webinar, with the session adapted and presented live as a virtual event, to extend its reach.

Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the changes that have happened in the cataloging job market over the last decade given the analysis shared in this presentation;
  • Recognize the titles and terminology being used for cataloging jobs on the market today; and
  • Apply the knowledge they’ve learned to search or create job postings that use the titles and terminology discussed.

Who Should Attend: The job market for a field can be a strong indicator of the actual changes happening in that field. Both catalogers and leaders can benefit from a summary and analysis of how this particular market is evolving.


Leah N. Gentry graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a Master of Library and Information Science degree. She has ten years of experience as a cataloger, both in academic and public libraries. During her career, she has served as a Lead Technical Services Librarian, where she managed all aspects of the department. She also designed and taught courses in collection development and cataloging for many years, and is now an electronic resources cataloger at UW-Madison. During her transition to e-resources, she noticed a change in job titles and duties found in job postings. She knows the job market for a field can be a strong indicator of the actual changes happening in that field, and knew it was worth exploring more in depth.

Tech Requirements

Core Webinars are held in Zoom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. You may interact with the presenter and ask questions through text-based chat. Closed captioning is available in the Zoom platform. The webcast will be recorded and the link to the recording shared with registrants shortly after the live event.