The journey that this blog has taken me on has been one of visibility. I began the year in a new job role feeling quite isolated – a giant leap into the unknown, with no direct vision from ‘the gods’ and feeling a tad disorientated. I embarked on the search for like minded people and boy did I find them! Through blogging, reading blogs, and my friend Twitter, I have found a whole range of peers who discuss and debate the information profession, and who have shown me a variety of tools for work and for communication. A huge rescue! Some of their blogs feeds are in the right hand menu – take a look.
This new peer group, who I have previously mentioned in this blog as the Cilip Bratpackers are my advice group and personal development mentors. Having joined forces with @cjclib we have now formed High Visibility Cataloguing using our joint skills of cataloguing specialism and professional positive adocacy, and hope to take this forwards as an area for discussion and ways to break out of the cataloguing echo chamber. I have appeared in the Cilip Gazette 3 times this year, including its final edition in December before merging with Update in the New Year. This has brought further developments with new contacts, and ideas, as well as becoming an official Cilip blogger.
High Visibility Cataloguing #HVCats is a project for 2011, to take cataloguers into the next decade of librarianship, even in the current economic climate, and threats to jobs. Having found my footing in my role as Metadata Administrator, we’re facing another restructure due to a recruitment freeze and 3 resignations. I don’t believe I’ll be doing this job by February, but my passion for metadata, professionalism and positive advocacy will not change. I am intending for 2011 to bring about more collaborative work either within Cilip, or papers for academic journals. I will continue to discuss issues with my contacts, and work with them to support Cilip’s new vision and mission, and the sustainabilty of this ‘industry’.