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Cataloguers: the new endangered species

Maclean, Lesa and Sherman, Sarah 2011, Cataloguers: the new endangered species, in Proceedings of the 5th New Librarians Symposium (NLS5); Metamorphosis: what will you become today?, ALIA New Librarians Symposium, Perth, W.A..

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Title Cataloguers: the new endangered species
Author(s) Maclean, Lesa
Sherman, Sarah
Conference name ALIA New Librarians Symposium (5th : 2011 : Perth, W.A.)
Conference location Perth, W.A.
Conference dates 16-18 Sep. 2011
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the 5th New Librarians Symposium (NLS5); Metamorphosis: what will you become today?
Publication date 2011
Total pages 8 p.
Publisher ALIA New Librarians Symposium
Place of publication Perth, W.A.
Keyword(s) Cataloging -- Forecasting
Cataloguers -- Forecasting
cataloguing
cataloguers
metadata
Summary While cataloguing has always been a traditional librarian specialisation it has been questioned whether librarians and their professional skills are still needed to perform such tasks. This paper revisits the question of the future evolution and/or possible extinction of cataloguing and cataloguers and asks is there a role for cataloguers’ skills in the future? What will those roles look like? How do we prepare future librarians for these roles? These question will be answered by sharing Lesa Maclean’s personal transformation from cataloguer to metadata specialist, a common transformation today; examination of a selection of literature from the last decade; as well as results of original research into the perceptions of the future role of cataloguers, based on a survey. Results support the view that cataloguers are ensuring their own survival in the future by taking on a proactive role in today’s information society.
Notes Idea/s for the paper originated from Lesa Maclean's Masters paper written in 2010. NLS5 abstracts were published on a USB. Papers were published on the NLS5 website.
Language eng
Field of Research 080706 Librarianship
Socio Economic Objective 890302 Library and Archival Services
HERDC Research category EN Other conference paper
Related work DU:30035932
Copyright notice ©2011, Lesa Maclean, Sarah Sherman
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30035933

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