Present and Future Challenges of Cataloging Special Collections Material

Tuesday, 5/22/2018 - Wednesday, 5/23/2018
  • 10:00 AM-6:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 9:00 AM-5:00 PM (Central)
  • 8:00 AM-4:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 7:00 AM-3:00 PM (Pacific)

Special Collections and Archives material, as well as other non-traditional formats, pose many cataloging challenges. These include not only the changes in cataloging standards and platforms, but also the added complexity of documenting the uniqueness of the materials. This e-forum will address some of these concerns and provide a collaborative arena for discussion on the cataloging of Special Collections and Archives materials. Topics for this e-forum may include, but are not limited to, difficulties of cataloging non-traditional formats, methods for learning and implementing new specialized standards, and creating local policies and workflows. 

This e-Forum was presented on May 22-25, 2018. For a complete summary of this session, view Present & Future Challenges of Cataloging Special Collections Material: e-Forum Summary.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this e-Forum, attendees will have:
  • identified key issues and challenges in special collections/archives cataloging
  • discovered training and professional development opportunities to help meet current and future challenges
  • shared workflows and institutional policies for cataloging special collections/archives material
  • learned how others in the field have addressed similar difficulties

Who Should Attend

Anyone interested in the future of cataloging Special Collections & Archives and non-traditional formats is welcome to participate.


Gail Spears currently catalogs literature and poetry for the Rose Library, Manuscript and Rare books Library at Emory University. She has worked as a Special Collections Cataloger for a little over eight years prior to which she cataloged for other general Technical Services as well as Law Libraries. Gail received her M.L.S. from Florida State University.
Becky Skeen is the Special Collections Cataloging Librarian at Utah State University’s Merrill-Cazier Library. Having cataloged Special Collections materials for many years, she currently manages a majority of Special Collections cataloging projects for her library and performs original and complex copy cataloging on a variety of material types and formats. Becky received her M.L.I.S. from the University of North Texas.




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