CIG E-Forum on Getting Started in Cataloguing

Join us for our next e-forum, to be held on Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th November 2014. Hosted by the Cataloguing & Indexing Group (CIG) of CILIP, and co-moderated by Esther Arens from the University of Leicester, Helen Doyle from the law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, and Bernadette O’Reilly from the Bodleian Libraries, this e-forum is free and open to everyone!

CIG is often asked for advice and guidance on ‘how to get into cataloguing’. How do I get the experience to apply for jobs, when I need the jobs to give me the experience? What skills do I need? How do I keep my knowledge up-to-date? Just what are managers looking for? This CIG hosted e-forum will provide a platform to ask questions, share experiences, raise concerns, and give advice.

Topics to be covered include
‘ Recruiting and applying for jobs
‘ Obtaining core skills and keeping up to date
‘ Obtaining specialist skills
‘ Alternative/unusual career paths and other options

The discussion will allow those new to cataloguing to ask questions and hear the experiences of more-established professionals. We would especially encourage anyone who is already working in the sector to participate – managers, team leaders, cataloguers who train, metadata workers with unusual career paths, etc.

*What is a CIG e-forum?*

A CIG e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate with other participants through an email discussion. E-forums are scheduled to last two days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it’s free and open to both members and non-members of CIG.


The e-forum takes place on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th November 2014.

On both days, sessions will begin at 10am and end at 4pm (UK time).
Instructions for registration are available at:

Once you have registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the email list. Participation is free and open to anyone.


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