Hello, my name’s Alissa and I’m a librarian. Being a knowledge worker is one of the great joys of my life—I am endlessly fascinated by how humans store and organise knowledge, whether it be on paper, on pixels or in people.
I am a metadata strategist at a regional academic library, with responsibility for metadata quality analysis, standards alignment, workflow design, reparative description and data flows beyond the catalogue. I also lead a team of metadata and access librarians.
I take a holistic approach to work, as in life. Everything is interconnected, everything relates to each other, everything we do is in response to our environments and reflective of the future we wish to build. Libraries are sites of knowledge production in their own right. The way we describe and provide access to collection materials says as much about the library’s worldview and values as the materials themselves.
This blog is a collection of thoughts and opinions across my library career, mostly about cataloguing but sometimes about other things. Some of my views have changed over time—previous posts may not necessarily represent current opinions.
I am Information Officer for the ALIA Community on Resource Description (ACORD), the Australian cataloguing and metadata advisory committee, and treasurer for newCardigan, a progressive social and professional networking group for GLAM workers.
This blog is archived by the National Library of Australia’s Pandora service and is accessible here.
My opinions are licensed under CC-BY and are definitely not those of my employer.