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Building a Workforce of Next Generation Librarians for 21st Century Global Information Access

CCI Project Lead: Jung-ran Park

About the Project

One of the major challenges facing the cataloging and metadata community today is continuing professional education. Practitioners in the field need to keep abreast of current developments and emerging trends in cataloging and metadata standards and digital technologies which play essential roles in rapidly evolving information environments. Our three-year grant project (2014-2017) funded from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) seeks a new approach to the provision of continuing education by developing an innovative mechanism for facilitating access to continuing education resources and opportunities for all levels of cataloging and metadata professionals nationwide. The ultimate goal of the project is to enhance the skills and knowledge of cataloging and metadata professionals essential for building a workforce for 21st century global information access. The IMLS grant award supports the project’s building of a self-sustaining digital repository for professionals to access continuing education resources for self-directed lifelong learning on emerging metadata standards and technologies; a collaborative virtual platform for professionals to communicate, mentor, and share library projects, applications, and best practices; and the creation of an open-source webinar series with sequential learning modules to enhance professionals’ in-depth knowledge and skills.