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The State Library of North Carolina is legally mandated to facilitate public access to publications issued by State agencies and manage the depository system. With the increase of born digital documents and the demand for electronic access, the State Library needed to find a way to support the systematic collection, preservation, and access to state information in digital formats. Focusing on finding repository solutions for digital state publications and based on comparisons among leading products, the library found CONTENTdm to be the best overall fit. With the continuing need to create MARC records for digital documents, CONTENTdm offered functionality to create compound objects for single documents as well as structured serials, providing one permanent URL either way. Working with born digital and digitized serials still presents certain challenges with workflows, providing access, and compensating for the differences between born digital and digitized formats. This presentation discusses the ups and downs of managing digital serials in CONTENTdm, how we do it, and why we do it from the perspective of a mid-size state government library.
Assistant State Documents Cataloger, State Library of North Carolina
I assist in the cataloging of original publications created by the state agencies of North Carolina, metadata/class schema/authority creation and management, and catalog problem-solving with a small side of reference desk work at the Government & Heritage Library. Prior to my time at the State Library, I worked part-time on a reference desk in the Cumberland County library system. While living in the DC area, I served as the catalog librarian for the U.S. Census Bureau and worked on a shelf list project with the U.S. GPO. I got my start in the library field when I was selected to work as the cataloging assistant at the law library of Catholic University while earning my MLS. As you may be able to guess, I kind of have a thing for cataloging and providing access to information, whether I'm on deck or in the control room...although I kind of have a penchant for playing the "[wo]man behind the curtain."
Documents Cataloger, State Library of North Carolina
I have been working at the State Library of North Carolina as a documents cataloger since 2006. I am responsible of cataloging everything published by state agencies regardless of the format. Working with differnet publications has given me a great deal of knowledge and experience with MARC cataloging rules and standards, different classification schemas, authority work, Library of Congress and OCLC cataloging tools, metadata standards, and the creation of controlled vocabularies.
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