Cataloging Staff


John Felbinger, Cataloger, OSMC ; 212.851.2452

John has responsibity for original cataloging of monographs in several departments and areas. He catalogs for Butler Reference Dept., Lehman Library, Avery Architectural/Fine Arts libraries, and occasionally for The Burke Library. He also has a general assignment covering social sciences and humanities materials for Butler Library. In addition, John has primary responsibility for all German language material requiring monographic cataloging.

Apart from these activities, John is Chair of the Transcription and Translation Committee, German Genealogy Group in the New York metropolitan area.


Kate Harcourt, Director, OSMC ; 212.854.2714

Kate Harcourt is the Director for Original and Special Materials Cataloging and holds administrative responsibility for cataloging policies and procedures within the Division.

Kate currently serves as co-chair of the ALCTS CCS RDA Planning and Training Task Force.  She is also coordinating Columbia’s participation in the U.S. National Libraries RDA testing process.  She recently received an ALCTS Presidential Citation for her work on the ALCTS Implementation Task Group on the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control.


Matt Haugen, Rare Book Cataloger, OSMC ; 212.854.8007

Matt catalogs rare books for the Burke Library and the Rare Book and Manuscript Library. He holds a MSLIS and a Certificate in Archives and Records Management from the Palmer School of Library and Information Science (LIU), and a MA in Religion from Yale Divinity School. Prior to joining Columbia University Libraries, Matt was a cataloger at the New York Society Library, and also worked as a manuscript processor at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Yale University.


Robert Rendall, Principal Serials Cataloger, OSMC ; 212.851.2449

Robert catalogs continuing resources in all formats and all languages, and supervises the Serials Processing Services (SPS) and Fine Arts/Avery (FAVE) units within OSMC. He coordinates CONSER cataloging of serials at Columbia and chairs meetings reviewing serials workflow within technical services. He is responsible for reviewing series authority records created at Columbia, and also catalogs some monographs in Maltese and other European languages.

Robert is Columbia’s representative on the CONSER Operations Committee and serves on related CONSER and PCC working groups. In ALA/ALCTS, he is a voting member of the Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access, and a member of the Continuing Resources Cataloging Committee.


Audrey Ross, Serials Copy Cataloger, OSMC ; 212.854.8007

Audrey provides copy, as well as some original, cataloging for continuing resources in all formats.  She has primary responsibility for copy cataloging microform serials, and catalogs unconverted serial titles from the card catalog. She also does database maintenance on current serials records referred to serials cataloging for updates.

Audrey serves as an 1199 union delegate.


Susan Summer, Principal Cataloger, OSMC ; 212.854.1436

Susan catalogs monographs and other materials in Slavic languages, serves as NACO and SACO coordinator and liaison with the Library of Congress, assists with staff training, record review and the preparation of procedural documentation, and serves on the Butler Library information desk.

Susan also serves as BIBCO trainer for other libraries through the Program for Cooperative Cataloging.


Alex Thurman, Web Collection Curator & Cataloger, OSMC ; 212.851.2460

Alex is a Web Collection Curator for the Web Resources Collection Program, building web archives in human rights and historic preservation and also archiving the Columbia University web domain. He also catalogs websites and serves as the selector for professional literature. Previously, he worked on the GENIUS project, gathering bibliographic records for all the publications of Columbia's current faculty for the dual purpose of facilitating Columbia grant applications and creating an intellectual inventory for the University.

Alex serves on the ALCTS Subject Analysis Committee, and is a member of the Metadata Group at Columbia.


Melanie Wacker, Metadata Coordinator, OSMC ; 212.854.9676

Melanie works with her colleagues within the Libraries and Information Services at Columbia University to ensure the integration of digital metadata with local and national systems to enable information discovery. She provides guidance on best practices, and develops, documents, and maintains standards and procedures for metadata for digital content generated within the Libraries and other units within Information Services. In her role as chair of the Metadata Group, she facilitates information exchange across departmental boundaries.  Other responsibilities of her position include the cataloging of electronic resources and NACO/SACO work.

Melanie is the Spring Reception Co-Chair of the New York Technical Services Librarians, SACO-SAC Liaison, and a member of the OCLC Research Registering Researchers Task Group.


Iris Wolley, Cataloger, OSMC ; 212.851.2448

Iris catalogs material in all formats in English, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.  Along with Kate Harcourt and Melanie Wacker, she catalogs online electronic resources, including integrating resources.  Her professional activities at  the Libraries include membership on various committees and serving on the information desk.

Outside Columbia, Iris serves on various committees and task groups through membership in the American Library Association (ALA), the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), and the OnLine Audiovisual Catalogers (OLAC).