New Coordinator, Cataloging Services Appointed

Congratulations to Michelle Mascaro on her one-year appointment as the Coordinator of Cataloging Services! Michelle’s new position includes the following duties:

In addition to existing responsibilities, the Coordinator of Cataloging Services works with the Head of Electronic Services to ensure consistently efficient and effective cataloging services that meet the needs of the students, faculty, staff and community patrons served by the university libraries.

• Manages and coordinates cataloging projects and processes, including communication among the project team(s).
• Coordinates project assignments to ensure balance, as well as provide recommendations and advice for prioritizing cataloging work.
• Monitors the budget for the cataloging functional unit.
• Provides backup for collection and approval of timecards when necessary.
• In consultation with the faculty catalogers, prioritizes and coordinates formal training and professional development opportunities.
• Facilitates communication between the cataloging functional unit and other functional areas within the library.
• Represents Electronic Services on the UL Policy and Planning Group.

Michelle officially assumed her new duties as of July 1, 2013.

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OHDEP Holdings Project Commences!

This summer we have begun working on a time-critical project, adding MARC 21 holdings statements to 5200 serials that UL contributed to the OHDEP catalog and collection. Michelle Mascaro is the lead on this project and has developed an instruction page for the project that includes many examples to guide the participants in their tasks. A link to this instruction page is listed below as well as in the navigation bar for this site.

Critical links for the project:


While questions can often be answered by others within our group, the ultimate arbiter for the project is Michelle — Ask in person or email Michelle at

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RDA Implementation Discussions Begin

Resource Description and Access has been on the horizon for quite a while now and it’s time to make some decisions about how UL will implement this new metadata standard. The first step was a meeting of the faculty catalogers on April 24th to brainstorm some of the key points we need to address. The second step will be the Cataloging Unit meeting on April 30th, from 2:30-4:00PM. We’ll do some more brainstorming and begin planning our switchover from AACR2 to RDA. Some RDA resources have been added to the website to provide background information and access to training materials. (See RDA for more information).

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August 2012 — News

August 16, 2012
The Cataloging Unit website moves to WordPress!!
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