Questions? Comments? Please feel free to contact me at:

Laurel Tarulli, BMus, MLIS
Adjunct, Faculty of Graduate Studies
School of Information Management
Dalhousie University
Suite 4010, University Avenue
Halifax, Nova Scotia


7 responses to “Contact

  1. Bryan Campbell

    I would argue that you need not constrain your decision to just the two mainstream candidates.
    There is also Ralph Nader ( and any of the other third party or independent candidates.
    I am no longer convinced that “change,” which is the buzzword this election cycle, can happen within a two-party framework. Neither party is really interested in challenging the way power is distributed or used in Washington. It’s just not possible that all of our interests can be neatly shoehorned in either of the two parties. And it strikes me as odd that politicians talk about the benefits of competition in all domains of American life but their own. Gerrymandering in congressional districts is the norm, which pretty much locks down congressional races to just the incumbents. They all need real competition. So give someone other than Obama or McCain your consideration. Off soap my box for now.

    Now let’s get back to talking about cataloging.

    Bryan Campbell
    Charlottesville, VA

  2. Laurel Tarulli

    You’re right, and I’m properly chastised for mentioning only two candidates. We tend to think black or white, maintstream, rather than all of the options. A hazard of cataloguing? I hope not!

    My attempt in posting this information is for librarians to be informed. Should the Republicans win the election, Palin’s attempt at censoring locally may impact libraries throughout the nation – spilling over to cataloguing. I don’t know what her beliefs are now or if they have changed from her first term. I’m hopeful that she has moved on from that very narrow point of view. But, as cataloguers and individuals whose main objective is to provide free and accessible information to society, we must take note of our political environment. Censoring books leads to censoring/prohibiting access and the terms we use to provide access. As a result, actions such as Palin’s are directly related to cataloguing.

    Anyway, I never mind a good speech from a soap box. Thanks for yours!

  3. Estimada Laurell, soy un bibliotecologo mexicano, estoy por concluir mi tesis de maestría sobre practicas recomendables de etiquetado social para implementarlo en catálogos de bibliotecas universitarias, sigo desde hace tiempo tu blog y acabo de leer tu post sobre la conferencia de la Dra. Louise Spiteri, por lo

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  5. Tammy

    Hi Laurel, I love your blog! It’s a really informative source, which is hard to find online about cataloguing work.

    Well, I’m hope you can shed some light regarding career direction.

    My most recent work experience is as a ‘cataloguer’ in a litigation records support setting. Review, index, code, extract, writing brief summaries for various types of documents in a large litigation case. Mainly work with Excel and Access and an in-house cataloguing program. I worked there 6 years. During that time, I have trained new staff, act as knowledge resource for other cataloguers, data quality control projects, and liaised with project manager and application programmer for continuous improvement to database and test run new database. But now that the case had settled, I’m out of a job and wondering what my direction should be. Before this job I did general office admin work.

    I did like the type of ‘cataloguing’ work I did but it’s hard to find this job in the legal field without knowing a program called Summation, which you can’t learn unless using it on the job. I do enjoy organizing records and databases. Many ‘records management’ jobs require experience with preservation and disposal, which I don’t have. I never really thought much about work in a library setting until now. But I don’t have the credentials for library work and won’t have the financial resources for it at least until I get a job first.

    Base on the type of ‘cataloguing’ that I’ve done, what do you think my chances of finding work in your field would be? I don’t know where to look, I can’t find relevant job postings online. I live in Toronto.

    I would really appreciate your advice. Thanks.

  6. Laurel Tarulli

    Hi Tammy!
    It’s taken me a bit to reply, but I really wanted to think about your comment and give you the most helpful response possible.

    Your work in the legal field sounds interesting – and very transferrable into the cataloguing world! In fact, prior to becoming a librarian, I, too, worked in the legal field and found my experience and the skills I built very helpful for cataloguing! While I’ve never used Summation, I’ve heard about it through my husband, who is a lawyer. From what I understand, Summation is used primarily in larger firms or very large cases, in an effort to catalogue and manage extremely large files. So, even if you wanted to stay in the legal field, I don’t think the lack of knowledge about Summation is necessarily a shortcoming.

    You shouldn’t worry too much about the lack of credential for library work. Your 6 years of work, combined with knowledge of information organization, necessity to pay attention to detail and leadership position make you a strong candidate for a cataloguing position. I think that focussing on those strengths, and identifying how they transfer into cataloguing is more important than the actual knowledge of a specific cataloguing system or coding. That comes with training, an interest on your side to learn, and your foundation for understanding the concepts behind information organization, cataloguing and access.

    There are two blog posts that I wrote in 2009 that may help you – and convince you it isn’t a library tech degree you need, but some unique qualities that attract those of us hiring! The first is called “I can’t replace my cataloguer with another cataloguer?!” and the second is a follow-up post called “What makes a good cataloguer“. I think both of these posts might be of interest to you. Given the experiences you’ve outlined in your comment and the skills that you have, I think you have an excellent chance of finding work in the library/cataloguing field. Good luck and please, if you have additional questions/comments, feel free to post a comment or email personally.

  7. Tammy

    Hi Laurel. Thank you for your reply. I really appreciated your time and effort in analyzing my situation and giving me your valuable industry opinion. I will assemble a suitable CV for this type of job and see where it will lead me.

    Thanks again.

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