So what do I do for the information world as a new professional?
In the brilliant quest to be “seen” in a traditional and somewhat antiquated environment that has become bound over to finally face the future, I have allowed the dynamic risk taker in me to rise to the forefront and engage in any opportunities and deviations from my focused and organised career plan to librarianship. I have done this in order to actively market a future information role that shapes a new library structure in information management specialisation; that of Metadata Administrator.
As a more mature new professional, I have many restrictions on my career development, but keep my skills set bouyant and set to ‘now’ as well as looking ahead and anticipating what employers and roles will require. I do this by looking outwards from my role to not only the other teams in the library but to the wider academic environment, and its business as well as academic developments.
Networking and involving myself with open meetings, projects and in forums for change, help me to understand, appreciate, experience, and be visible not only to new technologies but to professionalism and the professional world. My unique role will allow for developments and change in the world of resource description, and currently tackles and challenges the traditional notion of cataloguing standards by looking at all types of resources and their descriptive as well as access requirements within the organisational strategy, providing not only a flexibility but also a fluid and exploratative framework. This role requires horizon scanning as a skill, a preference and a penchant for research and creativity, and therefore as a sure deviation, and a risk, is actually turning out to be a key rung in my professional development.
My definition of ‘Metadata Administrator’: Preferences and penchants; stilettos are a no no!!