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Dear All,

This string has brought to mind a dear departed cataloger here.

Ralph Papakhian (many of the music catalogers on the list will recognize the name) talked of Cataloger Envy among so many of our non-cataloger library colleagues. What I believe he meant by that refers to the fact that catalogers have a rather large and definable body of specialized expertise – that takes years to master.  Many non-catalogers don’t have that in their work.  And most non-catalogers cannot understand our work-- or even our work product, until software massages it for the online catalog.

So they feel excluded, they’re only able to stand ‘outside’ and marvel ……… or scoff, if they’re unwilling to marvel.

Meanwhile, catalogers carry on, building the information edifice!

Carl

Carl Horne
Slavic and Central Eurasian Cataloger
& NACO/SACO Liaison
Indiana University Library
Bloomington, IN  47405
812-856-0846



From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Kish, Sherry E
Sent: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 10:49 AM
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Subject: Re: Modified vendor records

Hi Beth,

Thanks a bunch! I could have gone the Harry Potter route in describing what we do….you know, swish and flick! ☺

Have a good one!

Ciao!

Sherry



From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> On Behalf Of Beth Guay
Sent: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 10:39 AM
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Subject: Re: [PCCLIST] Modified vendor records

Keep smiling, Sherry! Look back to the responses from your seasoned colleagues here -- like you we love what we do that's the most important thing -- think positive and look at every obstacle as a learning opportunity -- be your own best advocate and lower your expectations from others!

(I am not promoting myself as a motivational speaker upon retirement)

Beth

Beth Guay,  M.L.S.
Continuing Resources Librarian
University of Maryland Libraries
McKeldin Library, Room 2200
7649 Library Lane
College Park, MD 20742

301.405.9339 (phone)
301.314.1200 (fax)
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