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Last updated: March 27, 2015
Oct. 2013-March 2015 - Arlington Library, 135 N. Washington Ave., Arlington, WA 98223
Public Services Assistant I
Dec. 2012-Sept. 2013 - Sno-Isle Libraries, 7312 35th Ave NE, Marysville, WA 98271
Public Services Assistant I Substitute.
Dec. 2011-Feb. 2013 - H&R Block, 16516 Twin Lakes Ave., Suite K 103, Marysville, WA 98271
Sept. 2011-current - Special Libraries Cataloguing, http://www.special-cataloguing.com/
Contract cataloger, electronic books, primarily Canadian documents.
1971-2010 - The University of Chicago Library, 1100 E. 57th St., Chicago, IL 60637
Head, Serials and Digital Resources Cataloging, Aug. 2000-Nov. 2010
Promoted to Senior Librarian, July 2010.
Local responsibilities: Responsible for hiring, training, and supervising professional librarians and clerical staff in the Serials and Digital Resources Cataloging section of the Cataloging Department. Develop and document policies and procedures for cataloging serial publications in all formats and all Internet resources, including those digitized locally. Maintain Web site for section; see http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/staffweb/depts/cat/serials. Helped the library become a CONSER member in 2001. Helped manage department along with 2 other section heads while there was no department head. Served on the Non-MARC Metadata Working Group. Helped revise Guidelines for Use of Dublin Core in University of Chicago Digital Library Projects. Helped revise Guidelines for Use of Technical Metadata in the University of Chicago Digital Library. Helped train catalogers for participation in the formal testing of RDA: Resource Description and Access.
National activities: Served on CONSER PURL Pilot Group and CONSER URI Task Group. Helped review Library of Congress Rule Interpretations, taking into account changes in Chapter 12 of AACR2 with the 2002 revision. Helped revise the CONSER Cataloging Manual in 2002. Prepared index for SCCTP Integrating Resources Cataloging Workshop in 2003. Helped revise PCC's Integrating Resources : A Cataloging Manual in 2004 and the SCCTP Integrating Resources Cataloging Workshop documentation in 2005. Served as trainer for SCCTP Advanced Serials Cataloging Workshop. Helped revise Advanced Serials Cataloging Workshop documentation in 2005. Commented on Draft of Part I of AACR3, now called RDA: Resource Description and Access. Served on ALA Continuing Resources Cataloging Committee RDA Task Force and CONSER RDA Task Force. Served on CONSER Standard Record Monitoring Group. Served on PCC Series Review Task Force, PCC Standing Committee on Standards, and LC/PCC LCRI/RDA Task Group. Worked with Digital Library Federation/OCLC Registry of Digital Masters Working Group on Record Creation Guidelines. Represented ALCTS on MARBI.
Acting Head, Serials and Digital Resources Cataloging, July, 2000
Took over day-to-day activities of the section when the former head left to take another job. Assisted in planning for the reorganization of Technical Services, where the cataloging activities of the Serials Department moved to the Cataloging Department, and the acquisitions activities of the Serials Department moved to the Acquisitions Department.
Senior Serials Cataloger, Part-time: May-June, 1999; Full-time: July, 1999-June 2000
Trained and supervised student assistants in post-processing of records which had been outsourced for retrospective conversion. This involved adding holdings information, editing linking entries so they agree with the main entry of the records they point to, adding uniform titles as necessary, transliterating non-Roman information from the cards and adding it to the machine record, and problem solving. Cataloged serial publications in all formats and languages. Solved problems relating to the cataloging of serials and recatalog when appropriate. Cataloged Internet resources in CORC, the Cooperative Online Resource Catalog, using MARC and Dublin Core metadata. Helped answer questions from staff in other sections of the department and other departments of the library when the Head of Serials Cataloging was gone. Developed and maintained local Web site for retrospective conversion.
Family Medical Leave of Absence, January 1999-April 1999
Husband had malignant brain tumor.
Consultant to Serials Recording Section, Full-time: November 1997-July 1998; Part-time: August-December 1998
Developed and documented procedures for the Serials Recording Section when the Horizon Library System was implemented for serials checkin. Helped develop training program and conduct training sessions for library staff in the use of the Horizon serials control and serials checkin modules. Assisted with day-to-day operations of the Serials Recording Section during and after migration. Helped set up prediction patterns. Answered questions from recorders and the supervisor of the Recording Section, as well as from staff in other sections of the department and other departments of the library. Solved problems relating to serial recording. Helped develop and maintain local Web site for use of Horizon serials control and serials checkin modules. For Web site, see http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/staffweb/depts/acq/serials/policies.html.
Senior Serials Cataloger, Full-time, January 1994-October 1997
Wrote several documents discussing possible alternatives and conducted several pilot projects for retrospective conversion of serials. Helped write procedures and train and supervise staff for in-house retrospective conversion of serials. Served on committee to discuss options for outsourcing of retrospective conversion of serials and monographs. Wrote cost estimates and specifications for outsourcing of serials. Helped test sample records from vendors for outsourcing of serials and monographs. Wrote documents for pre-processing and post-processing of serials which were being outsourced. Developed local web site for retrospective conversion of serials. Served on committee to develop specifications for the online catalog for the Horizon Library System. Helped write documentation and conduct training sessions for migration of cataloging to the Horizon Library System. Helped develop and maintain local Web site for use of the Horizon cataloging module. Answered questions from staff in the Serials Cataloging Section, other sections of the Serials Department, and other departments of the library when the Head of Serials Cataloging was absent.
Senior Serials Cataloger, Part-time, August 1988-December 1993
Recataloged serials which had major problems with the existing cataloging record. Straightened out serials for which the cataloging process had begun some time previously but which had not been finished because of major problems. Looked at serials which had been on problem piles in the department for some time and decided what should be done with each one. Answered questions relating to past practices and procedures in the Serials Cataloging Section and in other sections of the Serials Department. Helped coordinate special projects such as major AACR2 changes. Helped document existing procedures in the Serials Cataloging Section. Participated in discussions relating to new procedures for the section.
Acting Head of Serials Cataloging Section, Part-time, December 1987-August 1988
Trained and supervised professional and clerical staff in the Serials Cataloging Section. Did not apply for the permanent position because my children were still young and I only wanted to work part-time.
Consultant to Serials Recording Section, Part-time, October-November 1987
Helped train new Head of Serials Recording Section. Worked on problems related to serials recording.
Acting Head of Serials Recording Section, Part-time, January-September 1987
Trained and supervised clerical staff in the Serials Recording Section. Did not apply for the permanent position because my children were still young and I only wanted to work part-time.
Serials Cataloger, Part-time, October 1982-December 1986
Cataloged serials in all formats and languages. Recataloged serials which needed heading changes due to new rules in AACR2.
Full-Time Mom, March 1978-September 1982
Did some volunteer work at the Park Forest Public Library, organizing the pamphlet file, during this time. Also did some paid substituting at the reference desk.
Head, Serials Cataloging Section, Part-time, March 1977-February 1978
Trained and supervised professional staff in the Serials Cataloging Section. One of the other catalogers trained and supervised clerical staff in the section. Cataloged serials in all formats and languages. Recataloged serials which were problematic.
Maternity Leave, September 1976-March 1977
Attended several workshops on AACR2 during this time.
Head, Serials Cataloging Section, Full-time, April 1974-September 1976
Trained and supervised clerical and professional staff in the Serials Cataloging and Serials Binding Sections. Documented procedures for serials cataloging. Wrote marking pattern document for binding section which is still being used today. Cataloged serials in all formats and languages. Recataloged serials which were problematic.
Serials Cataloger, Full-time, January-April 1974
Cataloged serials in all formats and languages.
Serials Cataloger Trainee, Part-time, October 1972-December 1973
Cataloged or recataloged serials which had undergone title changes. I was also going to library school at this time.
Assistant to Head of Serial Recording Section, Full-time, September 1971-September 1972
Helped train staff in Recording Section. Helped answer questions from staff in the section, from other sections of the department, and from other departments of the library. Helped solve problems relating to serial recording.
1970-1971 - University of Illinois Library, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
Library Technical Assistant, Serials Department, Full-time, August 1970-August 1971
Recorded serials. Approved invoices for payment. Corresponded with vendors and publishers regarding problems with receipts.
1968-1970 - Navajo Methodist Mission School, Farmington, New Mexico
School Librarian, Full-time, July 1968-July 1970
Purchased and cataloged books for school library. Developed the American Indian Collection and displayed it in a prominent position in the library to encourage students to learn about their heritage.