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To take Cataloguing or not? Thoughts?

Hello fellow Tumblarians!

I’m in need of some advice, if some of you may be so kind!

Since I only have a few years to maximize my MLIS degree, I am trying my best to plan out my future courses. After just one semester, I have definitely not figured out what I want to focus on just yet. All I’ve been hearing from professors and working professionals is:

"Keep your options open."

"Don’t focus too narrowly on just one thing."

However, the Cataloguing class runs in two parts throughout my second year, covering both semesters. I’ve heard varied opinions about the value of taking Cataloguing classes, and am having a tough time deciding if I should.

My questions for you are: If you took Cataloguing, have you found it to be beneficial in your library career after your Masters degree? 

If you didn’t take it, do you wish you did?

Thanks Tumblarians! Looking forward to hearing what you have to say :-)

Notes

  1. genderbutt reblogged this from theinnkeeperlibrarian and added:
    Our cataloguing course doesn’t cover subject headings though, not really. Just name authorities, call numbers, and MARC....
  2. ifoughtthelaura reblogged this from runjuliet and added:
    PREACH!
  3. ringoosu reblogged this from runjuliet and added:
    I can’t emphasize the number of conversations I’ve had with my reference librarians would be so much easier if they...
  4. cobaltlove reblogged this from librarianpirate
  5. runjuliet reblogged this from theinnkeeperlibrarian and added:
    YUP.
  6. libraryoasis reblogged this from thecommonlibrarian and added:
    Let me just add my two cents worth: OMG, take cataloging! Do it! I just finished my last semester of grad school and...
  7. theinnkeeperlibrarian reblogged this from thecommonlibrarian
  8. thecommonlibrarian reblogged this from theinnkeeperlibrarian and added:
    I get librgasms when I read conversations like this.
  9. pussreboots reblogged this from runjuliet and added:
    Take it. That class has landed me my first paying job at an academic library. Even if you decide that cataloging isn’t...
  10. johnxlibris reblogged this from bookflesh and added:
    tl;dr: skipping out on cataloging won’t significantly impact your ability to be a great librarian. Like many questions...
  11. rachelfershleiser reblogged this from dreadfulseahag and added:
    It took me an embarrassing amount of time to figure out that there is no Thought Catalog joke to figure out here, it’s...
  12. jasonwdean reblogged this from dreadfulseahag and added:
    Take it. Even an intro. Makes for better reference, and at least you’ll be somewhat familiar with the back-end of the...
  13. dreadfulseahag reblogged this from thelifeguardlibrarian and added:
    Tough question. I’m a cataloger and I think everyone should take at least one intro to cataloging course because I think...
  14. sarahbethlibrarian reblogged this from bookflesh and added:
    Cataloging was required for me, and it was the hardest class I’ve ever taken. Not just as an MLIS, but as a student,...