Cataloging Staff


Kate Harcourt, Director, OSMC ; 212.854.2714

Kate Harcourt is the Director for Original and Special Materials Cataloging (OSMC) and holds administrative responsibility for cataloging policies and procedures within the Division. OSMC is the home of designated categories of original cataloging, rare book cataloging, web archiving, special format cataloging, e.g, serials and music, non-MARC metadata creation and remediation, and special projects.

Kate currently serves on PoCO (Program for Cooperative Cataloging Policy Committee). 


Columbia Libraries Staff

Matthew Haugen, Rare Book Cataloger, OSMC ; 212.851.2451

Matthew catalogs rare books and manuscripts for the Burke Library, the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and Avery Library, and assists with NACO and SACO work. 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/Yale Institute of Sacred Music. Prior to joining Columbia University Libraries, Matthew 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.

Matthew currently serves on the CUL Technical Services Librarians Planning Committee (TSL), the PCC Standing Committee on Standards, the PCC Advisory Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the PCC Ad Hoc Task Group on Gender in Name Authority Records.


Ryan Mendenhall

Ryan Mendenhall, Metadata Librarian, OSMC ; 212 851 2452

Ryan Mendenhall is Metadata Librarian in OSMC and works closely with colleagues within OSMC and other library divisions to create and enhance metadata descriptions in Columbia's Digital Library Collections as well as on other library exhibition sites.  Within OSMC Ryan also performs original cataloging of monographs and electronic resources, including participation in the NACO and SACO programs.

Ryan currently serves as the CORE Metadata Interest Group liaison to the Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (CC:DA).  He is also facilitator of the PCC Sinopia Affinity Group, convener of the LD4 Wikibase Working Hour, a representative of LiON (Library Officer Network), and chair of the Technical Services Librarians Committee (TSL) at CUL.



Robert Rendall, Principal Serials Cataloger, OSMC ; 212.851.2449

Robert catalogs continuing resources in all formats and all languages, and supervises some serials, fine arts/architecture and special project cataloging within OSMC. He coordinates CONSER cataloging of serials at Columbia, is responsible for reviewing series authority records created at Columbia, and also catalogs some monographs in European and Middle Eastern languages.

Since July 2019, he has had an interim part-time assignment assisting with coordination of technical services operations at the C.V. Starr East Asian Library.

In ALA, Robert has served as chair of the Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (2014-2015) and of the Committee on Cataloging: Asian and African Materials (2017-2019).


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Susan Summer, Principal Cataloger, OSMC ; 212.854.1436

Susan catalogs monographs, sound recordings, music scores, maps, rare books, microforms, and other materials in Slavic, Baltic, Armenian and other European languages. She is one of Columbia's NACO and SACO coordinators. She assists with staff training, preparing procedural documentation and record review. She also serves as liaison to the Library of Congress.



Alex Thurman, Web Resources Collection Coordinator, OSMC ; 212.851.2460

Alex is the Web Resources Collection Coordinator for the Web Resources Collection Program, building web archives in human rights, historic preservation and NYC religions and also archiving the Columbia University web domain. He also catalogs archived websites and supervises the Web Collection Librarian (Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation). 

Alex is currently an elected member of the Steering Committee of the International Internet Preservation Consortium, as well as Co-Chair of its Content Development Group, working on the creation of collaborative web archives. He has served on several ALA committees, including a term as Chair of the ALCTS Subject Analysis Committee. 



Melanie Wacker, Metadata Coordinator, OSMC ; 212.854.9676

Melanie works with her colleagues within Columbia University Libraries 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. Other responsibilities of her position include the cataloging of electronic resources and NACO/SACO work.

Melanie is the chair of the MODS/MADS Editorial Committee, a member of the VIVO Ontology Group, member of the planning group for the OCLC Research Library Partners Metadata Managers Focus Group, as well as an At-Large-Member and Past Chair of the PCC Policy Committee (PoCo).