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  1. Ana Krahmer
    March 22, 2010 at 9:59 am

    This is very true. I have often heard people discuss how catalogers won’t exist in five years because digitization will take over and the information for finding digital artifacts doesn’t matter.

    The problem, of course, is that catalogers are trained in information architecture. I think it is imperative that members of the cataloging profession consult with other professions that deal with information architecture. In fact, one respect that I sometimes give to people when they say to me, “Catalogers are no longer necessary,” is, “Well, the profession may get renamed, but the discipline is still valid.”

    I think the other part of this issue that is sort of the elephant in the room is that employees at institutions of cultural memory often do not seek continuing education or training in their disciplines; for instance, if a cataloger has been working in the same institution for twenty years, and that institution cannot afford to send him/her to training, his/her training risks stagnation. It is also imperative that the cataloger become a self-sponsored learning, someone who devours journals and books to supplement any training they had/have received.

    But no, I am definitely not one of those people who thinks catalogers are unnecessary. Just the opposite.

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