Fall 2019 Meeting

Wrangling Realia and Other Random Resources

Cuyahoga County Public Library | Parma-Snow Branch Auditorium
2121 Snow Rd. | Parma, OH 44134
Registration and light refreshments: 9:45 am – 10:15 am
Program: 10:15 am – 4:00 pm
Please note the change in meeting time from previous meetings!

Monday, November 4, 2019
Deadline to register was Friday, October 25. 

Links to presentations:
Bobby Bothmann: Wrangling with Orthodoxy
Anne Drozd: Collecting and Connecting


NOTSL was pleased to welcome the following speakers and their presentations:

Wrangling with Orthodoxy: Object Cataloging Lessons Gleaned from Osborn, Lubetzky, and Svenonius
Presented by Bobby Bothmann, Metadata & Emerging Technologies Librarian, Minnesota State University, Mankato

The theory and practicality of bibliographic descriptions for objects continue to be subordinate to the orthodox rules for the cataloging of books, serials, music, and moving images. An exploration of cataloging theory through the lens of Andrew D. Osborn, Seymour Lubetzky, and Elaine Svenonius allows us to wrangle (in both meanings of the word) with practices, traditions, and expectations for bibliographic descriptions. We will explore the principles of description, identify what elements are necessary for various types of objects, and question some assumptions that may be rooted in monographic cataloging traditions. After scrutinizing some examples such as tool libraries and atypical resources offered by libraries such as bicycles, creator space equipment, technology equipment, and the like, we will consider what we have learned with regard to user needs and expectations.

Collecting and Connecting: Unusual Collections in Public and Academic Libraries
Presented by Anne Drozd, Museum Coordinator at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, The Ohio State University 

What does a theremin have in common with a sewing machine and original Calvin and Hobbes art by Bill Watterson? All are objects that libraries collect—and sometimes even make available for patrons to borrow! Why are these things in libraries and how do you manage them? When should they circulate and when should they be part of a special collection? Let’s talk about the process of selecting, cataloging, and circulating realia and things. We will also explore how partnerships with local organizations, exhibitions, and events can help connect patrons and researchers with your collections.   

Panel discussion with librarians from Akron Summit County Public Library, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland Public Library, and Columbus College of Art & Design

We will close the afternoon with a panel discussion representing multiple area libraries, both public and academic with both circulating and closed collections containing non-traditional resources. Panelists will attempt to answer attendees’ questions citing specific examples from their personal projects. What are you cataloging?

Registration is now open for Wrangling Realia and Other Random Resources.  All are welcome; membership is conferred on all attendees.

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