Don’t get caught unaware…
I wanted to write about 2 things here, however both issues focus on the fact that although I am perhaps ‘geographically challenged’ living in the SouthWest, the likes of LISNPN and VftL still have a major impact on me, and this has encouraged me to work to pull together an initiative for cataloguers to enable them to step out of their own Echo Chamber.
- How to get cataloguing colleagues interested in being a Professional – engaging their interest and be proud
- Cataloguers unite – not so much a defamation of previous attitudes, but a positive advocacy of our skills and knowledge. ‘We are changing’ refers to the fact that resource types are changing, and therefore our skills requirements are changing; instead of feeling de-skilled, we need to engage with new skills replacement developent. We also need to look up from the ‘red books’ much more often, and engage with teams outside of our own cataloguing echo chamber.
So with that in mind, I’ve thought long and hard about how to encourage my co-workers into having a Professional attitude that looks outside of our ‘back-room’ office and see what is happening. There is a mixture of attitudes; that of the sole enjoyment derived from being so cynical they forget to make suggestions, and that of lack of interest in anything other than data inputting. I know that economic times are far from great, but we are all responsible for our own job satisfaction. Rant over: the crux of it all is, cataloguers on the whole, enjoy their job, and just because we are utilising a different skills set now (and for some of you more up and coming), it doesn’t mean that we still can’t enjoy our work.
The key here is to grab the future with both hands, and say, hell yes! I’m coming with you, teach me what I need to know!
Look out for the future of cataloguing.
High Visibility Cataloguing (#HVCats) “visible is the first step to valued” coming soon….