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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.

The UC Berkeley Library stands firmly in opposition to discrimination and systemic oppression. Social justice, equal rights, and equal treatment for all are bedrock principles for the UC Berkeley Library as we fulfill our public mission. It is clear that we must do more to address racism and other forms of prejudice or bias in the workplace and in the campus community. Cataloging and Metadata Council strives to advance the Library’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion within the context of our work, as it relates to diversifying how we describe our collections for discovery and access, with respect and sensitivity to all.

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),
  • Once the transition in the Collection Services Division is completed, the chairship will transfer to the Head of Collection Services Division as part of their responsibilities.


Randal Brandt, Head of Cataloging, Bancroft Library (ex officio)
Michael Campos-Quinn, Pacific Film Archive (ex officio)
Osman Celik, Acquisition Unit (ex officio)
Jim Church, Social Sciences Council, 2020-2022
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 and Arts & Humanities Council, 2020-2022 (ex officio)
Lynne Grigsby, Library IT and WAG rep (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)
Lara Michels, Bancroft Library, 2021-2023
Heiko Muhr, Earth Sciences and Map Library, Sciences Council, 2020-2022 (ex officio)
Jo Anne Newyear Ramirez, Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources (sponsor, ex officio)
Jane Rosario, Division Head, Collection Services, SILS chair for Resource Management, UCB SILS Implementation Group (ex officio)
Naomi Shiraishi, East Asian Library, BIBCO liaison, 2020-2022 (ex officio)
Stella Tang, C&M Unit, CONSER and NACO liaison, 2020-2022 (ex officio)
Chris Tarr, Law Library (ex officio)
Robert Toyama, Ethnic Studies Library (ex officio)

Meeting schedule:
1st Monday of every month, 3pm to 4pm, Doe 303

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