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Hello world!

This is a personal blog by a young academic library cataloger in the Green Mountain state. After four years of living in Brooklyn, my wife and I packed up and headed north for our great adventure.

Why would I ever leave Brooklyn for Vermont? In Brooklyn I was a free-lance metadata consultant working for an open-source software firm and I was teaching two cataloging classes at one of the three library schools in NYC. Life was good, but I wanted more. Afterall, I had my MLIS – so I wanted to actually work in a library! I wanted more experience so someday I can be a better teacher. When my wife showed me the post for a catalog/metadata librarian position in Vermont I jumped at the opportunity to apply…and the rest is history.

Since starting my job three months ago, I’ve learned some very valuable lessons that they definitely did not teach in library school:

  • ILS systems are not relational databases
  • Local practices are a pain but very useful
  • Not everything is done according to standards
  • Supervise paraprofessionals 30-40 years your senior (more on that next week!)

So I started this blog to have an outlet. I will try to post every week on various topics that deal with cataloging. Stay tuned!