Library staff member Simone Robbins stands beside a card catalog smiling at the camera. A card file rests before her. Photo taken on February 10, 1954.

Using Core Competencies to Market Cataloging Expertise

Metadata creators can use their cataloging core competencies to influence, lead change, and promote professional values. Presentation for the Indiana Library Federation Annual Conference, November 15, 2017.

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More Bridge Work by Thomas Hawk

Cataloging Core Competency

Cataloging core competency helps interpret and navigate changes in library technology, metadata standards, and technical services workflows.

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Notes from ALA Midwinter 2015

Summaries of selected sessions from the ALA Midwinter 2015 conference. BIBFRAME. FRBR. No snowstorms!

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DC-2014 Conference Highlights and Reading

Highlights from DC-2014, the International Conference on Dublin Core & Metadata Applications, with my personal ‘future reading list.’

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Policy impact

Visualizations of my personal NACO statistics data reveal the dramatic impact of a cataloging policy change enacted over a year ago.

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Just words

Surprise! Report writing results in more Wordles–and other symptoms of working in academia.

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Review of Information Literacy in the Digital Age

A review, cross-posted from Goodreads, of Information Literacy in the Digital Age: an Evidence-based Approach by Teresa S. Welch and Melissa S. Wright.

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When Fair Use Wins, Everybody Wins

The case against university partners of HathiTrust is thrown out by a federal judge, who ruled that the availability of scanned books falls within fair use and Americans with Disabilities Act.

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