With constructive feedback on my post over at High Visibility Cataloguing on challenging cataloguing processes, I’ve been able to look at the future of a metadata role in my place of employment, its benefits and restrictions. Essentially our team has transitioned from a cataloguing team to metadata management, and we need to expand just a little bit further and break into the realms of institutional information management (more discussion on that one soon). One of the comments I had was that librarianship as a whole has been much more technical systems based for some time now, and I would agree – I would also add that hindsight is a wonderful thing, because as is usually the way, if this is the case (and a few of us concur!), then why are we still fighting as a profession to get all teams to engage with this working practice? Why so much reluctance and resistance to change, to progression?
If you have anything to add to this, please leave a comment here or over on HVCats because with feedback we can start to vocalize what we all believe is the way forward for cataloguing teams.
Finally, if you haven’t already (and I don’t have shares in this) one purchase well worth the money is ‘Conversations with Catalogers in the 21st Century’ edited by Elaine R Sanchez. We’re talking about this over on HVCats and believe me, once you’ve read it you’ll want to talk about it!