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Hello fellow tech services colleagues,

 

I believe that it is important for each of us to be active and involved in our own institutions, departments, centers, and so on.  At UCLA we are about 110 librarians total, most of whom fill “public service” and user engagement roles, and many of whom are deeply involved in digitization, digital library work, and special collections archival work.  When there is an opportunity for me to attend a user engagement forum or workshop, or some open library committee, I go there to be an advocate for cataloging.  I speak up about aspects of the discussion that center on access and discovery of library resources, whether it be in metadata being input into the digital library, or a website or a Research Guide.  I speak to the importance of name authority work, access points and controlled vocabularies such as subject headings (or facets or strings), which can collocate citations in various ways.  I “remind” my colleagues of the importance of metadata in many forms by offering specific examples or recommendations. 

 

Within the last couple of years, the UCLA Library formed the Data Science Center, which formerly had been the UCLA Institute for Social Science Research; that group has curated social science datasets for decades, storing them in Harvard Dataverse (a data repository).  Soon we will have our own instance of Dataverse and will hire a geospatial data science librarian.  The Dataverse metadata for geospatial datasets is rudimentary at best, and with our own instance we have the ability to create our own metadata schema for datasets that we acquire.  As the map cataloger here, I reached out and have begun collaborating with Data Science colleagues to begin identifying the metadata elements we need to capture. I rely on people who are GIS specialists, and I serve as a facilitator.  This has been “on my own,” but I believe that my help can make a difference moving forward.

 

It is important to speak up in a helpful and practical way whenever possible.  I realize that many catalogers do not have the freedom that I enjoy at UCLA, but every little bit helps.  We contribute a different way of thinking about access and discovery, and can collaborate in ways large and small.  Just keep on cataloging, and reach out to bring our expertise to bear on whatever discussions take place.

 

Sincerely,

 

Louise Ratliff

 

Louise Ratliff

Social Sciences and Map Catalog Librarian

UCLA Library Cataloging & Metadata Center

2400 Life Sciences Building

Box 957230

Los Angeles, CA 90095-7230

(310)206-5853

 

From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Kish, Sherry E
Sent: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 6:55 AM
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Hi Larry,

 

Don’t misunderstand me. I love where I work, and, I have been doing this for a while. I’m not saying that I needed to be patted on the head all the time and have someone say, “good girl”, but gee whiz. I deliberately chose to do the Tech Services track when I went to CUA. We are the ones (I know I’m preaching to the choir here) who decide what the item is about and where to put it (that’s incredibly powerful)—I have often said that we’re like the Naval Seals—if we do our jobs right—you won’t see us coming or going—and that is the way it ought to be. Without us, the public side wouldn’t be able to do their jobs effectively—so, in my opinion, both sides of the house have to work together to make the whole library succeed.

 

Ciao!

 

Sherry

 

 

 

 

From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Heiman, Larry
Sent: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 9:24 AM
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Sherry, Your situation is all too familiar for many of us. Larry

 

Larry Heiman

Catalog Librarian & NACO Coordinator

Original Cataloging Team

Monographic Processing Services

Yale University Library

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203-432-8543 fax

 

 

 

From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Kish, Sherry E
Sent: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 6:22 AM
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Well, at the moment, I am slowing taking classes to learn something new because I’m not respected or valued for what I bring to the table. Sad, sad situation.

 

Ciao!

 

Sherry

 

 

Sherry E. F. Kish

Sr. Cataloging Librarian

PCC Liaison

Ralph J. Bunche Library

U.S. Department of State

2201 C. St., NW, Rm. 2438

A/GIS/IPS/LIBR

Washington, D.C. 20520

(202) 647-1994 voice

(202) 647-0203 fax

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From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of James L Woods
Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 3:58 PM
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At about the same time I was told that Artificial Intelligence would soon replace all catalogers. We were just wasting our name and should find another job.

 

Jamie Woods

UW-Madison

 

From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Greta de Groat
Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 2:40 PM
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And back in 1983 when i started library school, i was told not to go into cataloging, since it was a dead profession and shortly there would be no professional catalogers.

greta

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Greta de Groat
Stanford University Libraries

On 4/16/2019 12:31 PM, Stephen Early wrote:

Back in 1985, when I was preparing for library school, a librarian at my alma mater whom I interviewed for advice gave me the following: “if you want guaranteed employment once you get your MLS, study to be a cataloger, because no one wants to be a cataloger. Better yet, study to be a serials cataloger, because most catalogers don’t want to be serials catalogers.”  

 

 

Stephen T. Early

Cataloger

Center for Research Libraries

6050 S. Kenwood

Chicago, IL  60637

773-955-4545 x326

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From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Ann Heinrichs
Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 1:55 PM
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At a conference I attended last year, tech services people discussed "succession planning" -- planning for, nurturing, and mentoring the next generation of catalogers. One issue was that fewer and fewer MLIS students want to be catalogers. (How could anyone resist the delicious field of cataloging?!) So there is both a dearth of the "pull" factor and a dearth of the "push" factor.

 

On Tue, Apr 16, 2019 at 1:38 PM John Gordon Marr <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

That’s typical, but how much of that attrition (in general) and the reduced number of catalogers (in general) has been due to budgetary constraints (themselves due to political decisions in funding bodies) and/or acceptance of vendor-provided catalog records that go unreviewed?

 

John G. Marr

Collections

Zimmerman Library

University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM 87010

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                                             Martha Watson

 

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From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Beth Guay
Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 11:13 AM
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My institution had 14 catalog librarians (librarian and equivalent masters degrees), including those in supervisory roles. Today there are 6 by my count, including those in  supervisory roles.

 

My question is, do library administrators value cataloging as much as they once did? I had a conversation with an administrator whose eyes glazed over as I discussed how I work on catalog records one-at-a-time, on ***one name authority or series authority record one-at-a-time*** and so one ... So every year in my self evaluation I connect at least a few of these NACO "one at at timers" to the Libraries' collections and to their future value (that is the future value of the records once library linked data migration takes place) ... the good news is that we have faculty status at my institution, which means that in addition to administrators, a peer review committee from across the Libraries read what I write, and I know that they value my work ... 

 

 



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Ann Heinrichs

Metadata/Cataloging Librarian | The Paul Bechtold Library

Catholic Theological Union

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