Looking for Someone Special: Special Collections Cataloging, 1980-2000 and Beyond
Creators:Russell, Beth M.
Keywords:special collections cataloging
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Citation:Beth M. Russell, "Looking for Someone Special: Special Collections Cataloging, 1980-2000 and Beyond," Library Resources and Technical Services 47, no. 4 (2003): 149-59.
The provision of access to materials in special collections intersects the fields of cataloging and special collections librarianship, sharing characteristics and challenges with both. In order to reveal the changing expectations regarding special collections cataloging professionals, the author examined job notices for positions advertised in C&RL News from 1980 to 2000. Three related hypotheses were tested in this study: fixed-term appointments would become more common; published requirements for consideration would be more rigorous; and positions would offer less relative compensation than in the past. These hypotheses were demonstrated to be untrue. In a larger context, the results of this study can be extrapolated to suggest means of improving education and training for professionals in special collections cataloging, highlighting the skills and abilities future employing institutions will be seeking.