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Cataloging & Metadata Council

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The Cataloging & Metadata Council is one of five functional councils within the Library. For more information on the structure of library councils, see the Library Organization Chart.

The Catalog & Metadata Council (CMC) is charged by and advises the Associate University Librarians for Digital Initiatives and Information Technology and Scholarly Resources. The Council is charged with ensuring alignment of shared cataloging and discovery standards, policies and procedures for OskiCat and discovery layer as well as addressing emerging new workflows and standards arising in the new UC system SILS environment. The Council serves as a communication venue within the Library and with Affiliated Libraries. Although primarily an advisory body, issues arising in CMC may be decided within the Council if appropriate. The Council advises and provides recommendations to the Head of Collection Services Division, Interim Head of Catalog & Metadata Services (C&MS) and AUL sponsors. Upon occasion and depending on the nature of the issue and its impact on the Library, recommendations may be directed to the Library Administrative Group.

Catalog & Metadata Council is advisory to the Associate University Librarians for Digital Initiatives and Information Technology and Scholarly Resources in the following areas:

  1. Ensure the alignment of shared cataloging and metadata standards, policies, and procedures affecting our ILS, future SILS environment, discovery platforms and other appropriate finding aids maintained by the Library.
  2. Raise issues and problems with existing cataloging and metadata standards, policies, and procedures and recommend solutions.
  3. Review, evaluate and implement new national, system-wide and local cataloging and metadata standards, policies, and procedures.
  4. Comment on local, regional, or national cataloging initiatives.
  5. Monitor national trends in cataloging and metadata theory and practice.
  6. Respond to requests and problems identified by internal and external customers of the cataloging units, such as Melvyl, SILS implementation working groups and steering committee, NRLF, Library administration, Library councils, Subject Specialty Libraries, Affiliated Libraries, BTECH, patrons, and staff.
  7. Communicate with all staff about cataloging and metadata issues.
  8. Advise on cataloging and metadata training needs and recommend solutions and/or plans
  9. Validate, maintain, and make available cataloging and metadata related documentation written by the Council or from other sources.

Members to include representatives from: each of the Subject Councils; each self-cataloging OskiCat Library; Chair of BTECH; NRLF; Catalog Department management representative; Library IT; Acquisitions representative; Head of C&MS, and AUL for Digital Initiatives and Information Technology, AUL for Scholarly Resources. Guests may include LC Program Liaisons, SILS implementation members. Future membership to include Head of Collection Services Division.

2 year term

Interim Chairs: Jo Anne Newyear Ramirez (AUL for Scholarly Resources) and Salwa Ismail (AUL for Digital Initiatives and Information Technology); when Head of Collection Services Division is hired chairing this council will be a part of their responsibilities.





Randal Brandt Head of Cataloging, Bancroft Library (ex officio)
Michael Campos-Quinn Pacific Film Archive (ex officio)
Jim Church Social Sciences Council 2019-2020
Tim Converse NRLF (ex officio)
Jean Dickinson C&MS management team, SILS UC rep on Resource Management, SACO liaison (2020-2022)
Frank Ferko Music Library (ex officio)
Lynne Grigsby Integrated Library System (ILS) (ex officio)
Salwa Ismail Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Information Technology (sponsor, ex officio)
Julie Lefevre Institute of Governmental Studies (ex officio)
Haiqing Lin Head Technical Services, East Asian Library (ex officio)
Sherry Lochhaas Web Advisory Group 2018-2020
Adnan Malik Arts & Humanities Council 2018-2020
Heiko Muhr Sciences Council 2017-2019
Heiko Muhr Earth Sciences and Map Library (ex officio)
Jo Anne Newyear Ramirez Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources (sponsor, ex officio)
Jane Rosario Interim Head of C&MS, SILS chair for Cataloging, SILS Steering Committee (ex officio)
Chris Tarr Law Library (ex officio)
Robert Toyama Ethnic Studies Library (ex officio)

Meeting schedule:
Third Tuesday every month, 1:30 - 3:00pm, 303 Doe Library

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