You may have noticed that I haven’t been posting here in awhile. This is because, just as I was about to start my contract, I received a call from the University of Toronto Mississauga. I worked ILS and reference there during my masters degree, and they wanted to know if I could come back to work for them as UTM’s cataloguer! It was a difficult decision for me, as both opportunities offered great experience, but ultimately I felt like I belonged in a workplace with other people around. I was surprised at how important this ended up being to me. It’s also, of course, an excellent opportunity to get more experience working with standards and systems used by such a large institution as UofT, which is a whole other world when it comes to cataloguing.
I started working at UTM in mid-August, and by that time I had already completed all of my preliminary research into rare book cataloguing, cataloguing software, and freelancing 101. So although I won’t be cataloguing a private collection any time soon, I gained a lot of valuable insight in to that (very different) world. My end product for the contract took the form of a concise report on cataloguing software suggestions tailored to the client’s specific needs. I very much enjoyed meeting with the rare book librarians and antiquarian booksellers and learning about the world of rare books, and would love to return to it some day.
For now, though, I’ll be cataloguing away at UTM while looking for work that’s on a longer contract or permanent. Since this blog began as a cataloguing blog, and I’m still a cataloguer, I figure I might as well keep updating it with what I learn along the way in my new position – which, so far, is a lot. I’ll also post about the other things I’m doing, for example my work with the SLA, and the continuing saga that is trying to find a permanent job!