Cataloguers work in quiet environments usually libraries while organizing various types of information using codes and symbols. They are responsible for documenting and organizing items such as books periodicals films audiovisual materials and electronic sources when they are received by libraries.

Cataloguers categorize and assign authorized codes and classifications to incoming materials so that library patrons and employees will have easy access to them. This type of work used to involve a lot of paper and index cards because records used to physically be kept in giant file cabinets at every library. The file cabinets filled with cards were referred to as card catalogues.

These days however cataloguers use computerized databases and electronic systems instead of paper. Sometimes cataloguers supervise cataloguer assistants. Cataloguers must be able to think logically and must have excellent organizational abilities and the interest and capability of deciphering codes and symbols. They must meticulously check materials to ensure that authors titles and organizational codes are correct. In some cases they have to fill in additional information such as publisher date of publication and edition as well as make note of bibliographies illustrations maps and appendices.

A bachelors degree in library science is helpful for this career. According to In the United States a cataloguer typically works 40 hours per week during the week and sometimes on the weekends and earns between $29000 and $45000 a year.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $37000
High Salary: $45000
Low Salary: $29000
Tasks: Organizes information in libraries.
Documents books, periodicals, and other sources of information.
Uses codes to categorize library contents.
Verifies that information in databases is accurate.
Also Called: Librarian
Library Database Administrator
Media Resource Specialist
Media Specialist
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