Keynote: Two years at the British Library ... and counting / Alan Danskin (Collection Metadata Standards Manager, British Library [retired]). This paper will reflect on the changes (for good and ill) in cataloguing, metadata, and discovery that Alan Danskin has witnessed or contributed to over the course of his career at the British Library. Although we live through a period of profound technical and societal change, it is important to consider the constants that underpin our work. Cataloguing may be carried out in the present, but it has to remain useful to future generations. Maintaining the relevance and quality of what we and our predecessors have achieved is an ongoing process, particularly for a national library. Maintaining and developing capacity and capability are perennial challenges. In this paper Alan will also attempt to look ahead, but his predictions should be treated with caution; he expected that he would have left the British Library and returned to Scotland by 1990! Keynote Paper given at CILIP Metadata and Discovery Group (MDG) Conference & UKCoR RDA Day (6th - 8th Sept 2023 at IET Austin Court, Birmingham).