Questions about Copy Cataloging as a Job
I have acoupla questions I hope y'all might be able to answer.
Currently, I work part-time in the Serials Dept. of a local university. It's a student job, but I love it. I would happily stay if I didn't have to be a student (and unfortunately, there's no grad program here that interests me).
I've been looking around for jobs (hoping to get settled in a job and then start a distance MLIS program), and a position as a copy cataloger has opened up at another university--actually, the one university in the state that offers the MLIS.
If that university was nearby, I would have already applied, but it's not. I'd have to move. Besides the fact that I just *hate* the whole process of moving, I'm really close to my family, and well, I've always lived in this area. My friends are here, and I can get where I wanna go without a map or a GPS device. : ) I'd be moving to a city I have never even visited!
So ... I'd really have to like the job, you know? Liking the job as much as I like my current one? The move would be worth it. But to move and not like the job....? Not so much.
Thus, my questions. Could anyone tell me more about copy cataloging? I'm especially interested in just how your day goes. I'm afraid I'm a fidgety sort of person. Is this (and I suspect the answer is 'yes,' but I'd love to be wrong) a tied-to-your-desk/computer-all day-long kind of job? Our university has no copy cataloger, only a single cataloging librarian. He's at his desk a good bit, but he is also up and about (reference duties, student supervision, committee meetings, etc.) A copy cataloger? One of several at a university ... what would their day-to-day job be like?
I'm also curious about the actual job/process of copy cataloging. From a bit of web research, I get the sense that's it's fairly complicated, but the only requirements for this job are a HS diploma / GED and a year of library work. (I'd have a bachelor's and two years as a Student Library assistant.)
Any feedback I'd much appreciate. : )