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