Career Progression in Cataloging and Metadata

Tuesday, 2/16/2016 - Wednesday, 2/17/2016
Potential career paths for cataloging and metadata specialists are many and varied. While moving into management is one common progression, some may prefer a non-managerial path or to expand their portfolio of duties and expertise into related areas such as systems or development. Other possibilities include switching from traditional cataloging to other metadata creation or moving to a different type of library as a cataloger. This forum will explore a number of possible career paths for catalogers and metadata creators. Some of the questions we'll answer include:
  • How do you switch specialties within cataloging/metadata?
  • How do you switch from another specialty to cataloging/metadata?
  • How can your career evolve and progress if management is not desirable/possible?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of staying with one institution vs. moving from library to library?
  • How do hiring committees view moves for career progression?
  • How do you move from academic to public libraries, or vice versa, as a cataloger?
  • What are the career advancement possibilities for cataloging/metadata staff who do not hold the MLS/MLIS?


Understanding of possible career paths for catalogers and metadata creators

Who Should Attend

This e-Forum will be of particular interest to those who work in cataloging/metadata creation, but anyone with an interest in the topic can benefit from this session and is welcome to participate.


Stacie Traill is the Metadata Analyst at the University of Minnesota Libraries. She has previously held positions at the same institution as Cartographic and Electronic Resources Cataloger and Special Formats Cataloging Coordinator. She is currently president of OLAC (Online Audiovisual Catalogers), and a member of the CaMMS Mentoring and Recruitment Committee.

Lisa Robinson is the Catalog Librarian and History of Science/Technology/Medicine Bibliographer at Michigan State University.




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