The beginning of April marked my seventh month here at the Newberry working on the CLIR project, and I can proudly say that I am finally a fully functioning (well, in so many words) member of the CLIR team! I have gradated to being able to add my own subject headings to records, have my portfolios go straight to peer-review (as opposed to going only to Jessica), being able to produce my own records, and being able to take part in the peer-review process myself! Being able to work my way through the training process has definitely helped to make everything much easier to grasp, and I can honestly say that although at times things were quite challenging and even a bit frustrating, there has never been a time when I felt overwhelmed or defeated. I think that that fact should serve as a testament to those who have helped train me along the way, and to the training process used on this project in general. I would definitely rate it as a success.
Of all of the different methods that have been employed to help me understand exactly what a cataloger does and what is expected out of us as members of the CLIR team, I would have to say that the exercise that has helped me quite significantly during this entire process is the act of participating in the peer-review. When I was first told that I had finally reached the point where I could start doing this, I was pretty intimidated (I mean, who am I to review the work of catalogers who have been doing this for years?), but my concerns were soon put to rest with kind and encouraging words from all of my colleagues. As I got into the process I quickly saw that this was an exercise that would help me recall and apply all of the knowledge that I have been picking up along the way during my training. What better way to solidify what you know than by reviewing the work of your peers?
Additionally, being able to see the records that other members of the team have produced, what subject headings they used for which type of documents, etc. is really helping me to be exposed to more material that I can apply to my own cataloging. I appreciate coming across all of the very specific (and incredibly handy!) subject headings that I wish I had known about all along. There have definitely been some silent (or maybe not so silent) exclamations of joy and excitement upon discovering these new and helpful subject headings, and I look forward to what I will continue to learn! As it stands, I am very much enjoying all of the new responsibilities that I have (producing records, peer-editing, doing second day checks, etc.) and would now like to work on increasing my levels of production. Thanks again to everyone who has helped me and been so friendly and patient with me along the way!