Following on from my post about why cataloguers should manage the metadata revolution, it seems sensible to outline the reasons why “redundant” cataloguers are in prime place for information management consultancy.
On an every increasing basis, we are dealing with job description changes and task changes, however, we are all part of a working spectrum of facilitators in Knowledge Organization.
In an atmosphere of transition in the library sphere, it is prudent to count your skills up, and set them down on paper. And then once you have the crudentials all down, you are in a prime position to be an information consultant either in the corporate sector, or as an informationist in the book world.
Information consultants can:
- create and build classifications and categories, taxonomies and strategic links
- advise and create records management systems
- advise and create data exchange management and schema mappings
- advise on data warehousing
- create and become embedded librarianship within organisation
Consider the changing role of cataloguers, and all the skills that they bring to library management. Some of them are explained by Lynn Dyer over on HVCats.
Exploring the skills of cataloguers, you will find a broad range of transferable knowledge essential to information management. I will be investigating those skills in a follow up.
In the meantime, reflect on your skills and what you can bring to 21st century librarianship or information consultancy; how we will curate and conserve the respositories of today so that they will not degrade or decay, or how we will make visible the hidden collections currently residing throughout our libraries for our next generation librarians and researchers.
‘thoughts from scarlettlibrarian’