OCLC Metadata Services Staff in Anaheim
By David Whitehair
David Whitehair is the Global Product Manager for Cataloging & Metadata Services. He manages the group who is responsible for many of our services including Connexion, Contract Cataloging, WorldCat Selection, and Language Sets.
Several of us from the Cataloging & Metadata Services group attended the American Library Association meeting in
Although like most attendees we are exhausted by the end of the conference, we couldn't imagine June/July without it. (OK... I will admit... some of us really question why does the OCLC breakfast have to be at 7:00 AM on Sunday? And why do we have to be there at 6:30? We love the breakfast, but how about a brunch instead?! Ha!) Also like most attendees, at each ALA we sample the local cuisine--and one dinner we try to have together. This time we had a fab-u-lous group dinner at Mr Stox, where we welcomed our team members who traveled the farthest (
Here is just a peek into some of our activities. Friday included the Enhance Sharing Session which was hosted by Jay Weitz and Glenn Patton. Glenn was then joined by Robert Bremer to host a meeting to discuss the implementation of the new linking ISSN. Saturday started early for the Dewey team members Libbie Crawford, Michael Panzer, Joan Mitchell, Giles Martin, and Juli Beall, who hosted a record-breaking turnout at the Dewey Update Breakfast (wow... I guess I shouldn't complain about getting up early for the Sunday breakfast... the Dewey team does this two days in a row).
Sunday afternoon included the New Directions in Cataloging at OCLC presentation given by Renee Register, supported by team members Maureen Huss and Robin Buser. Sunday also included lots of time talking with OCLC members at the OCLC booth for Robin Buser. Of course Rich Greene was undertaking his usual Mr. MARBI marathon at this conference; Doug Perkins conferred with many OCLC members about batchloading, and Linda Gabel and Cynthia Whitacre carried out their many duties as SAC and ALCTS committee members/leaders.
For me... along with Lisa Elliott, the trip ended with a couple of library visits on Tuesday. It is always a joy to be able to visit libraries when we are on the road--and since we were out and about, Lisa and I were able to end the trip with a terrific dinner in
And yes, the planning for next