Library Insider

How do you set up the online catalog for searching success?  
How can architecture and design inform library spaces?
How do you preserve rare books for the present AND the future?
How do you understand the journey a historical object has taken?
Helping students appreciate the complexity of the human record.
How is cataloging similar to philosophy and engineering?
Shedding light on Cornell's most amazing hidden collections.  
How do you combine your creative passion with your professional life? Who she is: Danielle Mericle, director of the Digital Media Group
How do you find your dream job at the Kheel Center? Who she is: Cheryl Beredo, director of the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives What she does: I oversee the operations of the center. We’re a staff of nine: professional archivists, staff and support staff, plus anywhere from five to 10 student assistants each term. We provide resources to researchers both on campus and off, students and faculty at Cornell and elsewhere.
How do you help build the Library's next-generation search experience? Who he is: Nick Cappadona, interface designer at Mann Library What he does: On any given day, I'm collaborating with my colleagues at Mann to help patrons use our Library more easily and efficiently. Usually my efforts are focused on the flow of information, whether that's through our websites and web apps, digital signage or learning technologies. 
What's it like to curate a collection, start to finish? Who she is: Tracey Snyder, assistant music librarian What she does: I select audio and video materials for the music library to buy, and then I create descriptions of those things to make them discoverable in the library catalog. I also train other catalogers, and I visit classes in the music department and do hands-on sessions, teaching undergrads how to do research.
How do you choose the right words to make music findable? Who she is: Beth Kelly, music cataloger What she does: Cataloging is all about making something findable. In terms of music materials, I use my subject expertise to construct access points and subject headings – creating a language that’s uniformly recognized. In music, that’s important because genre terms like “concerto” and symphony” are used over and over again, and they have to stay consistent.
How can the Library take digital projects to the next level?
Can YOU do your job in four different languages? Who she is: Apikanya (“M”) McCarty, original cataloger. Original catalogers provide detailed descriptions of library resources using international standards, so that people can find them when they’re searching in the Library’s online catalog or on the web. What she does: My area is Southeast Asian collections, so I catalog materials in three different languages from Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.
What do a librarian and an air traffic controller have in common?   Who he is: Ken Bolton, research librarian at the School of Hotel Administration What he does: A little bit of everything. Reference, teaching, outreach, collection development, and anything else that might come up. Where he comes from: I grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and lived in California for 10 years before moving to New York.
Seeing an outsider's perspective through the eyes of a librarian/anthropologist... Who she is: Gabriela Castro Gessner, research and assessment analyst What she does: I evaluate our library services so that we can constantly improve to make sure we’re doing the best we can for our users. I’m the qualitative voice in our Research & Assessment Unit — I interview and observe people, I run focus groups, I do a lot of looking at context and interpreting and analyzing.