Education

Degrees
  • Kent State University (Kent, OH) – M.L.S, 1984.
  • Southern Illinois University (Carbondale, IL) – M.A., History, 1981.
  • Kent State University (Kent, OH) – B.A., History and Anthropology, 1978.
Certificates
  • International Webmasters Association/HTML Writer’s Guild (IWA/HWG) -- Web Technologies Certificate, July 2003.

Employment

Library Experience
2001 (Jan.)-Present
University of Akron (UA), University Libraries (UL), Bierce Library – Audiovisual/Special Materials Cataloger
  • Job Duties: Provide original and complex copy-cataloging for video recordings (DVD, VHS, U-matic), curriculum materials, audiobooks, dissertations and theses (print and electronic), and other monographic materials; authority control of name, series, and subject headings; database maintenance tasks.
  • January 2001-June 2006 - Academic Rank: Assistant Professor of Bibliography.
  • July 1, 2001-June 30, 2003 - Assumed shared responsibility for managing Cataloging Department.
  • July 1, 2003-June 30, 2005 – Limited term appointment as Interim Department Head.
  • July 1, 2006 --Awarded Indefinite Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor of Bibliography.
1993 (Apr.)–2001 (Jan.)
Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education (ENC), The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH) – Catalog Coordinator (Librarian III)
  • Managed cataloging and abstracting workflow, provided original cataloging of multimedia K-12 curriculum materials; supervised 2.5 employees.
1991 (Oct.)-1993 (Apr.)
Supreme Court of Ohio Law Library (Columbus, OH) – Technical Services Librarian, Cataloging Department
  • Copy-cataloged monograph, serial, and audiovisual law materials; performed quality control tasks in NOTIS database, including primary responsibility for authority control of name and subject headings.
1980 (May)–1991 (Sept.)
Stark County District Library (Canton, OH)
  • 1990-1991 – Senior Cataloger, Technical Processes Department. Managed cataloging activities; provided original and copy-cataloging of adult and juvenile print materials; supervised 3.5 employees.
  • 1984-1990 – Reference Assistant, Reference/Humanities Department. Provided reference service in the subject areas of the humanities at the main library; assisted in book selection for history, literature, and art.
  • 1980-1984 – Circulation Assistant, Adult Services Department. Circulation services; provided basic reader’s advisory services and assistance with use of the card catalog.
Teaching
2005 International Webmasters Association/HTML Writers Guild (IWA/HWG)
  • "Introduction to Cascading Style Sheets," Co-Instructor with Chimène Long. 1 6-week session (Jan.-Feb.)
2004 International Webmasters Association/HTML Writers Guild (IWA/HWG)
  • "HTML Level II," Co-Instructor with Chimène Long. 1 eight-week session (Jan.)
  • "Introduction to Cascading Style Sheets," Co-Instructor with Chimène Long. Sessions beginning in Jan., Mar., May, July, and Oct. (each, six-weeks in length)
2003 International Webmasters Association/HTML Writers Guild (IWA/HWG)
  • "HTML Level II," Co-Instructor with Chimène Long. 1 eight-week session (Nov.)
Consulting
2002 (Jan.–Dec.) National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Project: The Learning Matrix, Eisenhower National Clearinghouse (ENC), The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)
  • Contract Cataloger/Metadata Consultant. 10 hr. per week contract: Original cataloging of digital resources; development of cataloging procedures manual; assist in development of metadata specifications for project’s online catalog.
2001 (June-Aug.) Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education (ENC), The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH) – Contract Cataloger
  • 12-week contract/15 hrs. per week: Original cataloging of multiple formats of K-12 curriculum materials, focusing on Internet sites and videotapes.
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Service

University Service
The University of Akron
  • Faculty Senate, Oct. 2006-May 2009
    • ad hoc Curriculum Review Software Selection Committee, Jan. 2009-2010
  • Faculty Advisory Committee to the Provost, 2003-2004; 2004-2005
  • Phi Beta Kappa Action Committee, 2004-2006
  • University Hearing Board, Sept. 2006-Aug. 2007
  • Women in Higher Education, 2003-2010; Webmaster, 2003-2010
  • Bierce Library and College of Education Curriculum Materials Center Task Force, 2001-2004
Library Service
The University of Akron, University Libraries
Recent Service
  • E-Services Department
  • University of Akron Libraries Technical Services Committee (UALTSC),
    • ERAMS Committee, 2010-
      • ERM Template Revision Working Group, 2013-
      • ERM Workflow Working Group, 2013-
    • WebPac Task Force, 2008-
  • University Libraries Retention Committee
    • Secretary, 2013-2014
Past Service
  • Bierce Library Space Task Force, 2002-2010
  • Content Authors Group (Advisory committee to University of Akron Libraries Web Team), 2006-2010
    • Chair, June 2009-2010
  • E-Services Department
    • File Naming Conventions Working Group, 2011
    • Student Assistant Manual Revision Working Group, 2011
    • Faculty Bargaining Unit Merit Guidelines Revision Working Group, July 2011-April 2012
  • Electronic Resource Module Implementation Task Force, 2006-2008
  • Friends of the University Library Outstanding Student Employee Award Committee, 2003
  • Friends of the University Library Professional Education Scholarship Committee
    • 2001-2002
    • 2002-2003, Chair
  • Media Replacement and Reclassification Task Force, 2008-2011
  • Search Committees:
    • Original/Special Materials Cataloger, Mar. 2001-Jul. 2001
    • Archival/Special Materials Cataloger, May-Jul. 2004
    • Electronic Resources Librarian, Jan.-Jun. 2004
    • Special Collections Cataloger, Aug. 2007-May 2008 (Chair)
    • Head of Access Services Search Committee, 2010
  • Serials List Task Force, 2003-2004
  • TattleTape, Faculty and Contract Professional Update Column, 2005-2007
  • University Libraries Web Development Team, May 2001- Jun. 2006, June 2009-June 2012
  • University Libraries Retention Committee, Chair, 2009-2010; Chair, 2010-2011
  • University Libraries Tenure and Promotion Committee, Secretary, 2011-2012
  • University Libraries Organizational Design Team, Jan. 2009-May 2010
  • University Libraries Organizational Transition Team, Jun. 2010-2011
  • University of Akron Libraries User Interfaces Committee, Dec. 2007-Aug, 2009(Co-Chair, 2008)
  • University of Akron Libraries Technical Services Committee, Dec. 2007-Aug. 2009
    • Secretary, 2007-2008, 2008-2009
    • EAD Task Force (UALTSC), 2008-2009
  • University Libraries Bargaining Unit Faculty Merit Criteria Task Force, Jan. 2006-Jul. 2006
  • University Libraries Merit Criteria Task Force, Dec. 2001-Feb. 2002
  • University Libraries Nominating Committee, 2002-2005.
  • University Libraries Retention, Tenure, and Promotion Guidelines Revision Committee
    • Apr. 2001-Feb. 2002; Co-Chair, Oct. 2001-Feb. 2002
    • Mar. 2006-May 2010
  • University Libraries Retention Committee
    • Chair, 2010-2011
  • University Libraries Tenure and Promotion Committee
    • Chair, 2008-2009
    • Chair, 2009-2010
  • YBP/PromptCAT Task Force, 2004-2006.
  • ZipLINK (The UA Libraries Catalog) Advisory Group (ZAC), Jul. 2004-Jul.2006
Professional Service
Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO)
  • Executive Board Member, Jun. 2005-2008, Jun. 2011-Jun. 2013
  • Communications Review Board, Apr. 2002-Dec. 2003; Jun. 2005-Jun. 2008, Jun. 2011-Jun. 2013
  • Research and Publications Committee, Jul. 2012-Jun. 2013
  • Task Force to Investigate Organizational Web Content, Policies, and Workflows, Jun. 2011-Jun. 2013
  • Annual Conference Planning Committee
    • 2004 Conference, Aug. 2003-Nov. 2004
    • 2005 Conference, Aug. 2004-Nov. 2005
    • 2006 Conference, Aug. 2005-Nov. 2006
    • 2007 Conference, Aug. 2006-Oct. 2007
  • Co-Editor, ALAO Newsletter, Apr. 2002-Dec. 2003
  • Co-Webmaster, Jun. 2005-May. 2008 [http://www.alaoweb.org]
  • Distance Learning Interest Group, Steering Committee, Sept. 2003-Jan. 2004
  • Government Relations Team, Advocate, Mar. 2002-Jun. 2004
Library of Congress, Program for Cooperative Cataloging, NACO (Name Authority Cooperative) Program
  • NACO-AV Funnel (facilitated through Online Audiovisual Catalogers, Inc.) participant, Apr. 2005-
OhioLINK
  • Database Management and Standards Committee, 2004-2006, Jul. 2013-
Ohio Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Association (OETDA)
  • Chair, Communications Committee, 2009-2012
Online Audiovisual Catalogers, Inc. (OLAC)
United States Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Association (USETDA)
Community Service
Judge, ThinkQuest Internet Competition, 2000-2001
Evaluated social science Web sites designed by students in grades 9-12 (2000-2002).
Web designer, Biology 170: Human Pathophysiology Web site, 1999-
Performed HTML/CSS design and graphics editing; content developed by Lynda C. Titterington for her Columbus State Community College Pathophysiology students. URL: http://lct.karenplummer.com/
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Professional Memberships

Library Organizations:
Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO), 2001-
Online Audiovisual Catalogers, Inc. (OLAC), 2001-
Northeast Ohio Technical Services Librarians (NOTSL), 2011-
American Library Association (ALA), 2004-2007
Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), 2004-2007
Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), 2004-2007
Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), 2004-2007
Society of American Archivists (SAA), 2004-2007
Web Design Organizations:
International Webmasters Association/HTML Writer’s Guild (IWA/HWG), 1998-
Historical Organizations:
American Historical Association (AHA), 1976-
North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS), 1991-
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Publications

Editorship
Bove, Frank J.; Karen A. Plummer; and Delmus Williams (Eds). "Tech Services on the Web," column in Technical Services Quarterly (Haworth Press), 2006-2009
Articles:
  • Plummer, Karen A. "Mathematics Subject Headings for the PreK-12 Community: A Comparison of Key Terms from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Mathematics Standards to ERIC Thesaurus Descriptors and the Library of Congress Subject Headings." Cataloging and Classification Quarterly, v. 42, no. 2 (2006): 59-73.
  • Plummer, Karen A. and Christine Rigda. "Creating an Online Cataloging Manual: A Case Study." Technical Services Quarterly, v. 22, no. 2 (Dec. 2004): 25-36.
  • Plummer, Karen A. "Cataloging K-12 Math and Science Curriculum Resources on the Internet: A Non-Traditional Approach." Co-published in the Journal of Internet Cataloging, v. 3, no. 1 (2000): 53-65; and in Metadata and Organizing Educational Resources on the Internet, ed. Jane Greenberg, Haworth Press Inc., 2000.
  • Plummer, Karen A. "Selecting Children's Literature." ENC Focus, v. 4, iss. 5 (1997): 7-8.
  • Plummer, Karen A. "The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse: A Treasure for the K-12 Media Specialists." Curriculum Administrator, v. 30, no. 5 (January 1996): 71.
Book Reviews:
  • Haynes, David. Metadata for Information Management and Retrieval. London : Facet Publishing, 2004. Reviewed in Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries (Haworth Press), v. 2, no. 3 (May 2005): 103-104.
  • Caplan, Priscilla. Metadata Fundamentals for All Librarians. Chicago : American Library Association, 2003. Reviewed in Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries (Haworth Press), v. 2, no. 1 (Jan. 2005): 87-88.
DVD Reviews:
  • "The Ruth Rendell Mysteries, Set 3." Library Journal, v. 134, no. 12 (July, 2009): 55.
  • "Primo Levy’s Journey." Library Journal, v. 134, no. 10 (Jun. 1, 2009): 62, 64.
  • "The Last Detective", Series 4. Library Journal, v. 133, no. 20 (Dec. 2008): 85.
  • "I'm Still Here." Library Journal, v. 133, no. 14 (Sept. 1, 2008): 170, 172./li>
  • "Da Vinci's Inquest", Set. 2. Library Journal, v. 133, no. 7 (Apr. 15, 2008): 122
  • "Cracker: A New Terror." Library Journal, v. 133, no. 4 (Mar. 1, 2008): 122.
  • "Proof: Prescription for Murder." Library Journal, v. 132, no. 20 (Dec. 15, 2007): 163.
  • "Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act." Library Journal, v. 132, no. 19 (Nov. 15, 2007): 84.
  • "Strumpet City." Library Journal, v. 132, no. 18 (Nov. 1, 2007): 104.
  • "Jericho of Scotland Yard." Library Journal, v. 132, no. 17 (Oct. 15, 2007): 98.
  • "Sword of Honour." Library Journal, v. 132, no. 5 (Mar. 15, 2007): 99.
  • "The Aristocrats." Library Journal, v.131, no. 15 (Sept. 15, 2006): 93.
  • "The Champagne Safari." Library Journal, v. 131. no. 10 (June 1, 2006):164.
  • "Inspector Alleyn Mysteries." Library Journal, v.131, no. 7 (Apr. 15, 2006): 121.
  • "The Hanging Gale." Library Journal, v. 131, no. 5 (Mar. 15, 2006): 106.
  • "The Staircase." Library Journal, v. 131, no. 2 (Feb. 1, 2006): 114.
  • "Summer’s Lease." Library Journal, v. 131, no. 2 (Feb. 1, 2006): 114.
  • "Auschwitz : Inside the Nazi State." Library Journal, v. 130, no. 16 (Oct. 1, 2005): 117-118.
  • "Cold Case Files." Library Journal, v. 130, no. 15 (Sept. 15, 2005): 96.
  • "The Tartan Apple : The Scots in New York." Library Journal, v. 130, no. 7 (Apr. 15, 2005): 131.
  • "Heat of the Sun." Library Journal, v. 130, no. 1 (Jan. 2005): 164.
  • "H.H. Holmes, America’s First Serial Killer." Library Journal, v. 129, no. 18 (Nov. 1, 2004): 126.
  • "Night and Fog" and (video) "The Boys of Buchenwald." Library Journal, v. 129 ; no. 5 (Mar. 15, 2004): 119.
  • "Midsomer Murders." Sets 1 and 2. Library Journal, v. 128, no. 19 (Nov. 15, 2003): 109.
  • "Discoveries… Ireland." Library Journal, v. 127, no. 6 (April 1, 2002): 157.
Software Reviews:
Video Reviews:
Website Reviews
  • ODLIS: Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science; Cataloging Cultural Objects : A Guide to Describing Cultural Works and Their Images; Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA), Cataloging Section; Virtual Museum of Cataloging and Acquisitions Artifacts; The Library History Buff; Metadata and Cataloging Education Web Clearinghouse Prototype; and Scholarly Electronic Publishing Resources. Reviewed in Technical Services Quarterly, "Tech Services on the Web" column (Haworth Press), v. 26, no. 3 (2009): 245-252.
  • Typographical Errors in Library Databases; Typo of the Day for Librarians; Typo of the Day for Librarians – Index Wiki; Web World of Authority Control; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Catalog Department – Authority Control Manual; Authority Control in the 21st Century: An Invitational Conference (March 31-April 1, 1996), Proceedings. Reviewed in Technical Services Quarterly, "Tech Services on the Web" column (Haworth Press), v. 26, no. 1 (2009): 72-76.
  • Conservation OnLine (CoOL); The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI); Dartmouth College Library Preservation Services; and Columbia University Libraries Preservation & Conservation Services. Reviewed in Technical Services Quarterly, "Tech Services on the Web" column (Haworth Press), v. 25, no. 3 (2008): 87-93.
  • OCLC Bibliographic Formats and Standards. Reviewed in Technical Services Quarterly, "Tech Services on the Web" column (Haworth Press), v. 25, no. 2 (2007): 104-105.
  • Princeton University Cataloging Division; University of Virginia Library Cataloging Services; and Penn State Libraries Cataloging and Metadata Services. Reviewed in Technical Services Quarterly, "Tech Services on the Web" column (Haworth Press), v. 25, no. 1 (2007): 96-100.
  • Archival Moving Image Materials: A Cataloging Manual; Guide to Cataloging DVDs Using AACR2r Chapters 7 and 9; DVD Demystified; DVD Forum; The Internet Movie Database; Online Film Dictionary. Reviewed in Technical Services Quarterly, "Tech Services on the Web" column (Haworth Press), v. 24, no. 3 (2007): 90-95.
  • Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) Geospatial Metadata; IMS AccessForAll Meta-data Specification; Metadata Authority Description Standard (MADS); Metadata Encoding & Transmission Standard (METS); Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS); and Resource Description Framework (RDF) . Reviewed in Technical Services Quarterly, "Tech Services on the Web" column (Haworth Press), v. 24, no. 2 (2006): 80-88.
  • Dublin Core Metadata Initiative; Encoded Archival Description; An Introduction to Metadata; Introduction to Metadata: Pathways to Digital Information; Metadata Reference Guide: A Guide to Metadata by the Metadata Advisory Group of the MIT Libraries; OAC Best Practice Guidelines for Encoded Archival Description; and RLG Best Practice Guidelines for Encoded Archival Description. Reviewed in Technical Services Quarterly, "Tech Services on the Web" column (Haworth Press), v. 24, no. 1 (2006): 85-90.
  • MAGERT; Map Cataloger’s Tool Box; and Map Cataloging. Reviewed in Technical Services Quarterly, "Tech Services on the Web" column (Haworth Press), v. 23, no. 4 (2006): 89-91.
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Presentations

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Professional Development

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
  • eLearning Course: Designing Web Sites for Academic Libraries, Part 1 (10/16/2006-11/11/2006)
  • eLearning Course: Designing Web Sites for Academic Libraries, Part 2 (1/8/2007-2/3/2007)
  • Webinar: Delivering Innovative Mobile Library Services, Part 1 (July 21, 2011), and Part 2 (July 28, 2011)
Illinois Digitization Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Basics and Beyond : Digitization Fundamentals. Online workshop: 1/31/2005-2/18/2005
IWA-HWG eClasses [More Info]
Courses towards the Web Technologies Certificate. Certificate awarded in August 2003. Additional courses taken to keep current and/or learn new skills.
  • D311.1: Introduction to Web Design (1/21/2002-3/3/2002)
  • H151.21: Introduction to Cascading Style Sheets (3/11/2002-4/21/2002)
  • H210.1: HTML Special Topics: Tables (7/15/2002-8/18/2002)
  • H110.12: HTML Special Topics: Forms (5/6/2002-6/2/2002)
  • D312.1: Web Design Workshop (8/12/2002-9/22/2002)
  • H101.38: Introduction to HTML (9/9/2002-10/21/2002)
  • H102.7: HTML Level II (11/11/2002-1/12/2003)
  • H401.6: Introduction to XHTML (2/3/2003-3/16/2003)
  • H402.01: Intermediate XHTML (3/17/2003-5/11/2003)
  • D201.20: Accessible Web Design (3/17/2003-5/3/2003)
  • X101.23: Introduction to XML (5/26/2003-7/7/2003)
  • A131.18: Introduction to Dreamweaver (7/7/2003-8/10/2003)
  • H152.05: Intermediate CSS Workshop (5/10/2004-6/21/2004)
Courses towards the Web Programming Certificate
  • P010.9: Introduction to Programming Concepts (1/7/2002-2/17/2002)
  • P151.24: Introduction to JavaScript (1/6/2003-3/3/2003)
  • MS301.17: Introduction to SQL (2/21/2005-4/3/2005)
  • MS300.07: Introduction to Database Design (2/28/2005-4/10/2005)
Courses towards the Web Business Certificate
  • B121.09: Web Content Writing and Editing (4/26/2004-6/6/2004)
Courses towards the Web Graphics and MultimediaCertificate
  • G201.14: Creating Web Graphics with PaintShop Pro (5/6/2002-6/16/2002)
  • G401.3: Introduction to Digital Illustration (9/23/2002-11/3/2002)
Minitex Training
  • FRBR and FRAD: Keys to RDA (2 Webinars, 4/2012)
  • RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Print Monographs (4 Webinars, 4/2012-5/2012)
  • RDA for the Seasoned Cataloger: Audiovisual Materials (4 Webinars, 9/2012-10/2012)
Northern Ohio Technical Services Librarians (NOTSL)
  • "Coming to Terms with Genre/Form Access" (Dec. 9, 2011)
  • "RDA is Coming: How Ready are You?" (Apr. 27, 2012)
  • "The Real Transformers: How E-Resources are Shaping Technical Services" (Nov. 30, 2012)
  • "Getting Practical with RDA Authorities and Implementation" (Apr. 5, 2013)
OHIONET
  • Connexion Client Training (7/16/2004)
  • Digital Projects Symposium (10/8/2004)
  • OCLC Updates (11/16/2004)
  • Connexion Client: Beyond the Basics (11/27/2006)
  • Metadata Standards & Applications (12/6/2007-12/7/2007)
    This two-day workshop is part of the series Cataloging for the 21st Century, a Cataloger's Learning Workshop, which is a cooperative project of the Library of Congress Cataloging Distribution Service, the Program for Cooperative Cataloging, and the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, a division of the American Library Association.
  • Resource Description and Access: A New Cataloging Standard (11/12/2009)
  • Advanced RDA: The New Cataloging Standard (3/17/2010)
Society of American Archivists (SAA)
  • Encoded Archival Description (EAD) Workshop (11/4/2004-11/5/2004), at the University of Akron, Akron, OH
The University of Akron,
University Libraryes
  • Workshop: Active listing (2/27/2013)
  • Workshop: "Communicating with Impact" (5/29/2013)
  • Workshop: "Taking Action to Solve Problems" (6/19/2013)
University Libraries, Teaching and Training Dept. eBrown Bag Seminars
  • Basic RefWorks (9/5/2006)
  • Advanced RefWorks (9/19/2006)
Workforce Development & Continuing Education online courses
  • Fundamentals of Supervision and Managment (5/19/2004-7/9/2004)
  • Fundamentals of Supervision and Managment II (7/21/2004-9/10/2004)
  • Project Management Fundamentals (7/21/2004-9/10/2004)
  • Work Yourself Happy (9/15/2004-10/24/2004)
  • Understanding and Managing Stress (9/15/2004-10/24/2004)
  • Publish and Sell Your E-Books (1/16/2013-2/22/2013)
Writers Online Workshops, Writer's Digest
  • Extended Getting Started in Writing (11/1/2005-6/22/2006)
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