Cataloging - Mentors

Cataloging - Mentors

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This article covers the MSC's mentor program.


Mentor Program

The original Cataloging Mentor Program was established to help member libraries acquire cataloging skills. Since that time, the program has changed. Many of the original tasks of the mentors have been taken on by the MSC trainer, and much material has been generated to aid new members in learning the ILS. 

The program is made up of volunteers who have a strong interest in technical services and the MSC ILS. They may specialize in copy cataloging, original cataloging, Smartport, ILL, serials, BCA, acquisitions, or circulation. The MSC trainer will appoint volunteers to the program as it grows.

Mentors can assist or advise on general questions. They may also help libraries choose the correct MSC or OCLC record, they may review records for accurate tags, indicators, fixed fields, and authorities. To be sustainable, the program must focus on education and providing good guidance. Mentors may help or advise MSC members, but they may not act or create for them.

Rather than assigning member libraries to specific mentors, members and mentors are now freer to form skill-specific relationships. If you are a member needing mentoring, please reach out to one of the mentors listed below.

As the mentor program evolves, the skills and mentors listed below will change. Please check back for updates. For information about the mentor program, or how to become a mentor, please open a help desk ticket.
For mentor contact information, please refer to ASPeN.
Mentor
Skills
Beth Boyson
original cataloging, book club kits, OCLC Connexion, serials,  local & equipment records, subject headings
Abbi Dooley
copy cataloging, transferring records (WorkFlows), updating records (OCLC Connexion),  overlaying records (WorkFlows), SmarPort, searching (WorkFlows, OCLC)
Jodie Moore
copy cataloging, SmartPort, brief titles, ILL, searching (WorkFlows, Enterprise, OCLC), Enterprise, circulation tasks
Paulette Parpart
original cataloging, OCLC Connexion, authorities, subject headings,  assigning call numbers, Montana-specific titles, genealogy
Carly Delsigne
copy cataloging, SmartPort, circulation tasks
Lyndy Parke
SmartPort, serials & serial control, copy cataloging
 Jessica Carlson
brief titles, copy cataloging, SmartPort, OCLC Connexion, introduction to original cataloging,  ILL, searching (WorkFlows, Enterprise), introduction to authorities, subject headings,  assigning call numbers, LC classification
  Laurie Chipps
 Original & copy cataloging, serial cataloging & serial controls in Workflows, MARC holdings records, Connexion Client, authority control, special collections 


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