Value-Add to Cataloging: Efficiency and Effectiveness Revisited


Cataloging of materials is not the workflow that it was fifty years ago. The skill sets and tasks associated with application of metadata in the 21st century demand new techniques and tools. What might this entail? Ought there to be different elements included in the metadata? Should there be more application of automated processes? What opportunities for value-add are there for service and content providers? How might these changes improve the success of the user experience? This session will explore the possibilities of revisiting cataloging activities with an eye to enhanced efficiency and effectiveness. A cross-section of views from multiple stakeholders will form the substance of this event.

This event will be a roundtable discussion by stakeholders actively engaging with these questions and concerns.

Confirmed speakers for this event include: 

  • Kelsey George, Cataloging and Metadata Strategies Librarian, University of Nevada - Las Vegas, 
  • Casey Cheney, Vice President, Automation Services, Backstage Library Works, 
  • Marcia Barrett, Cataloging & Metadata Strategies Librarian, University of California, Santa Cruz, 
  • Nathan Putnam, Director, Metadata Quality, Global Product Management, OCLC,
  • Patricia Payton, Senior Manager, Provider Relations, Proquest, and
  • Alistair MorrisonLibrary Applications Manager, Johns Hopkins University Libraries. 

Event Sessions

Roundtable Discussion


Marcia Barrett

Cataloging & Metadata Strategies Librarian
University of California - Santa Cruz

Casey Cheney

Vice President, Automation Services
Backstage Library Works

Kelsey George

Cataloging and Metadata Strategies Librarian
University of Nevada - Las Vegas

Alistair Morrison

Manager of Library Applications
Johns Hopkins University, Sheridan Libraries

Moderated by: Todd Carpenter

Additional Information

  • NOTE: L.S.A. members of NISO automatically received sign-on credentials for this event as a member benefit. There is no need to register for the recording. Check your institutional membership status here.

  • Registrants will receive detailed instructions about accessing the archived recording within one business day. Due to the widespread use of spam blockers, filters, out of office messages, etc., we ask that you contact the NISO office at if you do not receive these instructions in a timely fashion. This recording access is only to be used by the registrant's organization.

  • Speaker presentation slides are posted to this event webpage following the live broadcast.

For Online Events

  • You will need a computer in order to view the broadcast; audio should feed through your device’s speaker or attached headset.

  • If you have questions or concerns regarding this registration, please contact NISO headquarters via email to We appreciate your interest and hope that you will gain valuable insight from our speakers.