Librarianship is a public service

Last weekend, I checked out the documentary film Ex Libris: The New York Public Library. It's a documentary by Frederick Wiseman that is close to 3 1/2 hours in length. It follows the work of many librarians at several branches of the New York Public Library. I have to say that one of my favorite …

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Catalog or Metadata Librarian

I recently attended the New England Technical Services librarians annual conference. This year, one of the breakout sessions was a panel of fairly new metadata librarians speaking about an informal interest group they created. They were part of a consortium of small liberal arts colleges. Not all who attended the group were metadata librarians as …

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The complexity of metadata

Since I graduated from my MS in information science, I have heard some pretty outrageous things about metadata. One of the worst ones was this sentence: "monkeys can do cataloging." The context for this remark was that anyone even a monkey could do cataloging. Frankly I didn't ask the speaker to elaborate that time because …

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Some things don’t change

My last post was on my return to technical services. I went the route of digital repositories and product/project management. It's been such a wild ride where I've learned so much and am bringing that experience back to TS and specifically cataloging and metadata. There is so much that has changed. Yet, there's one aspect …

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Multiple job titles

For the past three years, I've had 2 job titles. This is nothing out of the ordinary. Many of my colleagues where I work and elsewhere have more than one title. Some of these titles represent aspects of one job. Others are two or more jobs that have been assigned to that person. I wanted …

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Returning to blogging

It has almost been a year since my last post. Much has happened. What started as a break became a long adventure that certainly isn't over. What brings me back to the blog-o-sphere? There are several topics that come to mind: managing large projects, dealing with bullies, how to engage students, assessment, and so many …

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