ALCTS CaMMS Competencies and Education for a Career in Cataloging Interest Group Community
The Competencies and Education for a Career in Cataloging Interest Group (CECCIG) met during the 2016 ALA Annual Conference on Friday, June 24 in Orlando to introduce the draft document, Core Competencies for Professional Catalogers.
Bruce Evans, chair of the Cataloging Competencies Task Force, provided an explanation of the purpose, structure, and high-level content of the draft. Evans' presentation slides are available on ALA Connect.
Evans invited attendees to break into small groups to discuss the draft and report their comments and suggestions to the whole. A summary of the feedback on the draft is attached.
The draft will be available for comment until July 31, 2016.
The Cataloging Competencies Task Force is charged to draft a core competencies document enumerating the skills and knowledge required for a career in cataloging for use by cataloging practitioners and educators. The task force will identify competencies that are broad enough to be applicable to all concerned with metadata creation, with the intent that specialized communities will extend the document in the future.
The task force will ensure that the document focuses on the foundational principals of cataloging and metadata creation and avoid recommending specific tools and standards (tools and standards may be referenced in examples, if desired). Finally, the competencies document should acknowledge catalogers' total education and career-long development, rather than identifying a basic set of skills for new library and information science graduates.
The task force will submit a first draft to the Competencies and Education for a Career in Cataloging Interest Group (CECCIG) by Friday, December 4, 2016. The task force chair will distribute the draft for community comment by December 11, in advance of the ALA Midwinter Meeting. A public comment forum will be held during the CECCIG's Midwinter meeting on Friday, January 8, 2016.
Bruce Evans, chair
Jennifer A. Liss