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Heather McIntosh's picture

Cataloger Resume

Greetings,

I am a recent MLIS graduate (August 2008) and am trying to get my foot in the door as a cataloger. I've been working as a paraprofessional reference clerk in a public library for the past 3 years. I don't have much experience, but I learn quickly!

Thank you in advance for looking over my attached resume.

Heather McIntosh

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Pat Ensor's picture

Are you aiming at public, academic or both?

Heather McIntosh's picture

Anywhere that might hire me!

Heather McIntosh

Cataloger

Botetourt County Libraries

Roanoke Valley, Virginia

Christine Crowley's picture

While it would appear on an application or cover letter, it is advisable to include your contact info on the resume itself.

Your background in languages should stand you in good stead in a large academic library that collects items in German. I would focus on that, if you can, as it is a rare skill.

You don't mention any experience with any ILS. That would be a plus if an employer wants someone who can hit the ground running. Most libraries don't have a multiple-person cataloging department unless you consider universities. Your collateral skills might come into play in a smaller setting.

Heather McIntosh's picture

Thank you for taking the time to look over my resume!

The contact info was left out just for this posting. I wouldn't want anyone to see what a great career I have and use my address to come rob me!

I shall focus more on languages. I've always wondered about listing specific ILS's because while I have used 2 different ones, neither might be what that institution is looking for, and since I'm a fast learner, it really only takes a few hours for me to pick up a new one. I would hate to be overlooked because of not having experience on a particular system.

Heather McIntosh

Cataloger

Botetourt County Libraries

Roanoke Valley, Virginia

Pat Ensor's picture

I agree with the other reviewers comments. Also, when you're applying to academic libraries at least, if you have anything you've done that indicates ongoing education, for example, a workshop or conference you've attended, or anything that indicates an ability to meet tenure requirements, like any kind of publication or presentation, I'd include that. Otherwise, looks good!