Cataloging Core Competency

I had a great time speaking about cataloging core competency at the Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians Annual Conference (slides and abstract below). I thoroughly enjoyed all of the stories and experiences that session participants shared.

Thank you, to all who attended!

Presentation Abstract

Linked data, RDA, and shelf ready processing are relatively recent developments in a long evolution of library technology, metadata standards, and technical services workflows. Although change has been a constant fixture of the cataloger’s reality, change is nonetheless disruptive—sometimes, bridges burn.

This session takes a historical view of cataloging and metadata creation from the time of Cutter to the dawn of semantic search. The evolution and interplay of technology, metadata standards, and workflows—the tools of our trade—will be considered. What were the roles of catalogers during times of transition? Which personal and professional strengths have proven invaluable over the last century? How does any of this help our community interpret developments in linked library data or user-centered resource discovery?

The presenter will propose a framework for interpreting changes in library technology, metadata standards, and technical services workflows. By viewing such changes through the lens of cataloging  core competency, our community might navigate into new territory and cooperate in the building of new bridges.

Presentation Slides

View the slides with speaker notes.