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!
Slavic and Central Eurasian Cataloger
& NACO/SACO Liaison
Indiana University Library
Bloomington, IN 47405
Thanks a bunch! I could have gone the Harry Potter route in describing what we do….you know, swish and flick! J
Have a good one!
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 Guay, M.L.S.
Continuing Resources Librarian
University of Maryland Libraries
McKeldin Library, Room 2200
7649 Library Lane
College Park, MD 20742