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Cataloging or Metadata Librarianship

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.

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?

Suggested electives include:

  • 60602 Cataloging and Classification I

  • 60603 Cataloging and Classification II

  • 60614 Selection and Acquisition of Library Materials

  • 60637 Metadata Implementations and Architectures

  • 60641 Information Storage and Retrieval Systems

  • 60649 Indexing and Abstracting

  • 60661 Technical Services

  • Workshop: Database Design and Applications I and II

  • IAKM 60002 Knowledge Organization Structures/Systems/Services

(Refer to the program guidesheet above for additional suggested coursework.)

What professional organizations are relevant to this career path?

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