February 22, 2012 9:14 AM Subscribe
Librarianfilter: I think I'd like to be a cataloger. Librarians, tell me about it! (Also, tell me how cataloging is changing as Library Science becomes more Information Science-y, and about jobs in other fields that use similar skills.)
posted by naturalog to Education (19 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
I've considered getting my MLS on and off for quite a while, but had always figured I'd go into either YA services or academic librarianship. I've recently started working in my local public library, and the more I learn about cataloging (and tech services in general, but mostly cataloging), the more I think it sounds interesting. I also recently organized my (large) personal collection of nonfiction according to the Dewey Decimal System, and found it interesting to see where books were categorized. (Are my books about women in Nazi Germany in the 300s with the women's studies books or in the 940s with the German History books?)
I have a BA in History and Sociology and am 22, so probably have lots of time ahead of me. I know that the job market is bad, but my other main interests at this point are academic history and public history, so I think I'm probably doomed regardless. I'm introverted and kind of socially awkward, but not painfully so. I'm already bilingual (English/German) and working on more languages.
Things I like: books, learning things, putting things in categories, sorting things, solving puzzles, researching, figuring out how systems work and how to make them work more efficiently.
So... tell me about your job as a cataloger. What do you do? What are other jobs (librarian-y or otherwise) that do similar things or use similar skills? What is the future of cataloging, given the changes in librarianship? Are there any ML(I)S programs that are particularly strong in cataloging? (That last question is a little silly, I suspect.)