Libraries maintain collections of cake pans, bicycles, garden tools, musical instruments, equipment... you name it, somebody circulates it. This practical, interactive cataloging workshop will break down the areas of catalog records dedicated to content, usage, and physical description of all of your weirdest objects. We will also discuss the challenges of labeling and processing unusual formats. Please feel free to bring questions, stories, and tricky items from your workflows. See examples of effective descriptions and learn how to fearlessly catalog whatever comes your way!
Misty Alvaro is the Cataloger Librarian for Upper Arlington Public Libraries. She received her MLIS after achieving a degree in Japanese and Italian at the Ohio State University. Misty has worked in a variety of library types and contexts and is known to be highly enthusiastic in all of them. She spends her free time playing music, cooking, hula-hooping, and managing an artist residency with her spouse.