Our team at Access innovations / Data Harmony has built over 600 taxonomies from scratch and worked with over 2000 of them in miscellaneous engagements over the last 40 years. What we look for in a taxonomist is a broad general knowledge base, love of words and languages. People who are good at puns and double entendres are particularly excellent at organizing terms in different topical areas and finding synonym. Taxonomies need people can make relationships work both hierarchical and associative. They need to be able to see relationships between different kinds and types of objects. Of course we want people who can spell very well, And are willing to take on almost any subject area delving into the intricacies of the concepts related to its topics. We also like people who can think in outlines or make a lot of lists. Ones who can organize their own information as well as that of others. How do they have their books at home organized? By topic, alphabetically by author, by size and color, by pile?
All that said pure taxonomy jobs are very rare. Most people need to do a lot of other things and maintain a taxonomy maybe 10 hours a month along with all their other duties such as tagging records, adding them to a database, ensuring search algorithms leverage their work, and websites work well etc.
Job openings in archives are, from my perspective, increasing there’s a lot more stuff being produced every day that needs to be filed appropriately, retention schedule set, weeded, etc.
Cataloging seems to be a dying breed as more and more shared cataloging and cataloging during the printing process is available. Of course that cataloging, even if it comes from another place, needs to be added to the online catalog, attached to an individual book or an object in the collection. Cataloging needs for museums and archives is expanding, Although those institutions complain about lack of funds.
I hope that helps feel free to contact me directly if you would like to
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Sent: 6/16/2022 3:32:00 AM
From: Sereen Suleiman
Subject: Required skills
Hello SLA community!
Although I am keeping my options open in terms of a career route (between archives, academic libraries, and special libraries), I am wondering what are the most important skills that companies are seeking for cataloging and taxonomist jobs. Hope to hear from you soon.
Masters in Library and Information Science Student
San Jose State University