Humanities and Special Collections Cataloging Unit
Annual Report 2007-2008
Despite changes in staffing and in workflow, the H&SC unit added 5,489 volumes and 617 pieces during 2007-2008, again a testament to the diligence of the unit members. Steve Fuquay, Rare Books cataloger and long-time member of the department, retired at the end of December. In February, the Special Collections and Area Studies Department ceased rare books cataloging, following the resignation of Dina Benson, Interim Rare Books curator. This cessation had an impact on both rare monographs and serials being cataloged in the unit, but also on the Cooper Collection, limited numbers of which were being cataloged by unit members as well.
In May, Betsy Simpson, Head of the Cataloging/Metadata Department, and Nancy Poehlmann, Head of the H&SC unit, met with Jim Cusick, Interim Head of the Special Collections and Area Studies Department, to reinstate cataloging of rare Africana and Latin American Collection materials.
Emilia Garcia continued to work with the Belknap photoplay collection, which are movie tie-in novels from the first four decades of the 20th century. Beatriz Lugo began work on the reference materials from the Liversidge Collection, a popular culture collection covering from the 1950’s to the present. Patricia Dana began cataloging the Robert Egolf collection, which contains over 3000 texts to be added to the Baldwin Collection. Randy Jewett began performing database maintenance for .3 FTE for the Database Maintenance Unit on March 1, 2008.
During 2007-2008, the Baldwin collection NEH grant phase III began. From October 1, 2007 through the end of the fiscal year, Jane Anne Carey and Jay Allbritton added 2,526 records, and created 205 NACO records, 102 of which are corporate names.
Progress toward 2007-2008 Goals:
- Participate in Aleph version 18 tests and training sessions.
All unit members attended training sessions; several members were part of the version 18 test team
- Participate in Endeca testing and training sessions.
Unit members participated in Endeca testing, both for usage and for access. Several unit members actively report access problems when they find them.
- Work with Special Collections curators to guarantee that workflows continue in a timely manner after the retirement of the Rare Books cataloger, until such time as the position may be filled.
Although cataloging of rare books was ceased after the resignation of the Interim Rare Books curator, work has proceeded well with the rest of the Special Collections and Area Studies collections.
- Contribute to ALF and other reclassification projects.
Although most reclassification materials are handled by the Database Maintenance Unit, unit members were called upon for materials that did not have Library of Congress call numbers or complete records in the catalog.
- Provide cataloging support for the NEH Baldwin Phase III grant.
Nancy Poehlmann was the H&SC unit coordinator for Phase III of the grant, which involved answering occasional questions about cataloging or name authority work.
Accomplishments and Highlights:
- Peter Bushnell coordinated a panel on, and presented a paper about the portrayal of Native Populations in opera, in works from the Old World and the New World at the SALALM meeting in New Orleans, LA, May 30-June 3, 2008
- Peter Bushnell began a 3 year term on the Board of Masters of the J. Wayne Reitz Union, a Presidential Committee, January, 2008
- Jane Anne Carey presented a Poster Session: "Alice in Macroland, or, How to Take 19th Century Children's Literature into the 21st Century" at the American Library Association Annual Meeting. Washington, DC. 06-23-07
- Jane Anne Carey mounted an exhibit, “Treasure your freedom to read - Banned Book Week, Sept. 29 - Oct. 6 2007,” for Banned Book Week. It was on display at Library East, University of Florida. 10-1-07 thru 10-7-07
- Jane Anne Carey presented a Poster Session: “What Elsie Dinsmore Ate and What Tom Brown Knew: Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature Provides a Window into the World of the 19th Century,” at the Florida Library Association Annual Meeting. Orlando, FL. 04-24-08
- Hikaru Nakano presented "Unihan (CJK scripts in Unicode) "at the George A. Smathers Libraries Journal Club, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL., 6-14-07
- Hikaru Nakano published an article, "Intellectual property education in the US library schools," in the Journal of Information Science and Technology Association, vol. 57, no. 10 (2007): pp. 488-492
- Hikaru Nakano was Principal Investigator and host for Ms. Beate S. Gordon's visit to the University of Florida and Florida International University in Feb. 2008
- Hikaru Nakano planned a roundtable "Getting Help: New East Asian Librarians in a Changing Environment", Association for Asian Studies Council on East Asian Libraries (CEAL) 2008, Membership Committee. Atlanta, GA. Apr. 2, 2008
- Hikaru Nakano presented "Faceted Navigation System: exploring Japan related classifications", at the Association for Asian Studies Council on East Asian Libraries (CEAL) 2008, Committee on Japanese Materials Meeting. Atlanta, GA. Apr. 3, 2008
Training and Coursework: National/Regional
- NEFLIN workshop. Copyright in the Digital Age: An Update: College of DuPage Programs Teleconference—Hikaru Nakano (6-1-07)
- OCLC Custom Cataloging Web event, “Improving Access through Contract Cataloging”—Hikaru Nakano (10-23-07)
- SisruDynix Web Session Workshop “A Little More Help from your Friends: Social Bookmarking”—Hikaru Nakano, (11-13-07)
- NEFLIN workshop. People Watching with a Purpose: Meeting Needs Before They Need It: College of DuPage Programs Teleconference—Hikaru Nakano (2-8-08)
- Advanced Corporate Name Authority Workshop, Cooperative Cataloging Team, Library of Congress PCC CJK NACO Project, Atlanta, GA—Hikaru Nakano (3- 31—4-1-08)
Training and Coursework: Local
- Contribute: Library template—Jane Anne Carey (06-07-07)
- Contribute: Using CSS—Jane Anne Carey (06-12-07)
- Version 18 Acquisitions and Serials Training—Hikaru Nakano (7-9-07)
- Version 18 Cataloging Training—Peter Bushnell, Jane Anne Carey, Patricia Dana, Steve Fuquay, Emilia Garcia, Randy Jewett, Beatriz Lugo, Hikaru Nakano, Nancy Poehlmann (6-28-07, 7-2-07, 7-10-07)
- From Manager to Motivator—Hikaru Nakano (7-12-07)
- Survey Monkey Training—Hikaru Nakano (7-17-07)
- Interviewing and Hiring—Hikaru Nakano (7-18-07)
- Endeca Training—Hikaru Nakano (8-7-07)
- I’m a Liaison—Now what?—Beatriz Lugo (8-28-07)
- Where Do I Find Help?—Beatriz Lugo (8-28-07)
- Software Licensing—Beatriz Lugo (8-28-07)
- Installing Windows—Beatriz Lugo (8-29-07)
- Drivers—Beatriz Lugo (8-29-07)
- Installing Applications—Beatriz Lugo (8-29-07)
- VOIP Training—Jane Anne Carey (09-07-07)
- Coaching for Success—Hikaru Nakano (9-20-07)
- NACO: Personal names—Jane Anne Carey, Nancy Poehlmann (11-15-07)
- NACO: Series—Jane Anne Carey, Nancy Poehlmann (11-28-07)
- Power of Feedback—Hikaru Nakano (11-29-07)
- MS Access: Basic, Level 1—Jane Anne Carey (04-03-08)
Prepared by: Nancy Poehlmann, August 20, 2008