Cataloging or Metadata
What Is It?
A librarian primarily responsible for preparing bibliographic records or metadata to represent the resources in the collections of an information agency, including description, subject analysis, access to information, authority control, metadata application, quality control, and metadata-related decision making. Additional responsibilities include data sharing, consortia collaboration, project management, standard, policy, and workflow development. Also refers to the librarian responsible for supervising a cataloging or metadata department. (Source: American Library Association Glossary of Technical Services Terms)
What Can I Do With This Background?
Acquisitions, cataloging, metadata, system automation, collection development, serials management, indexing/abstracting, authority control, metadata schema development and implementation, database management, digital collections management.
In Addition to the Required Core Courses, What Courses Should I Take?
Key electives for this specialization include:
- 60602 Cataloging and Classification I
- 60603 Cataloging and Classification II
- 60637 Metadata Implementations and Architectures
- 60649 Indexing and Abstracting
- 60636 Knowledge Organization Systems
- IAKM 60002 Knowledge Organization Structures/Systems/Services
For additional course options for this specialization, please visit consult with your academic advisor.
What Professional Organizations Are Relevant to This Career Path?
- ALA: Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS)
- ALA: Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access
- ALA: Library and Information Technology Association (LITA)
- Dublin Core® Metadata Initiative
- IFLA: Division of Library Collections
- Northern Ohio Technical Services Librarians (NOTSL)
- Online Audiovisual Catalogers (OLAC)