Cataloging and Metadata Education

Tuesday, 3/20/2018 - Wednesday, 3/21/2018
  • 10:00 AM-6:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 9:00 AM-5:00 PM (Central)
  • 8:00 AM-4:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 7:00 AM-3:00 PM (Pacific)

To maintain relevance in a rapidly evolving and increasingly complex information landscape, cataloging and metadata specialists must continually reassess formal L.I.S. education and its relationship to their work. This e-forum intends to address the current state of postgraduate education in cataloging and metadata and its efficacy in preparing students for professional practice. Topics may include, but are not limited to, how cataloging and metadata is covered in library science courses, whether this information is applicable with current demands, and what we can do to change or contribute to it.

This e-Forum was presented on March 20-21, 2018. For a complete summary of this session, view Cataloging & Metadata Education: e-Forum Summary.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this e-Forum, attendees will be able to:
  • Identify current methods of instruction in cataloging and metadata and how they can be improved upon
  • Formulate career advice and guidance for those new to cataloging and metadata
  • Discover new approaches to recruitment in the field

Who Should Attend

Anyone involved in the education, training, or hiring of cataloging and metadata librarians, as well as students, recent graduates, and aspiring catalogers and metadata specialists. Experienced, seasoned catalogers are welcome to share their wisdom!


Christopher Dieckman is a Metadata & Cataloging Librarian at Iowa State University. In addition to other projects, he oversees the copy cataloging of serials and media as well as performs original cataloging on a variety of format types. He earned his M.L.I.S. from Kent State University in 2013.
Erin Elzi is the Design and Discovery Librarian at the University of Denver. Prior to this, she held the position of Cataloging and Metadata Librarian at DU, and Technical Services Librarian at the Bard Graduate Center. She also teaches Metadata Architectures in DU's LIS program.
Janelle Zetty is the Head of Cataloging at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is the departmental librarian for the College of Engineering and an indexer for the Bayou State Periodicals Index. She has previous experience cataloging in a public library.




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