Working on an instructional repository: cataloguer, metadata specialist or something else?. Research Data Librarian (Systems), University of Bath. Catalogue and Index via CILIP, the Library and Information Association (UK).
“The Cardiff University repository team is currently part of a wider research support team that includes Open Access funding and advocacy, research analytics, and the recently-established Cardiff University Press. The team consist of librarians and library staff who come from a wide variety of backgrounds: while the Repository Manager does come from a cataloguing background, the other team members originally worked as library and IT assistants or as library service managers, while several of us have subject librarian experience. Certainly, at Cardiff, we have found that the institutional repository role has widened out from a branch of cataloguing and metadata to one that involves more advocacy, training and direct customer interaction. One thing all of us have in common though is that we enjoy the detailed work involved in creating a perfect metadata record, while a subject specialist background is also useful as you get to know the subject resources and the researchers well, so will have some idea where to find elusive information to create or edit that perfect record..”