Cataloging Staff

Samantha Abrams

Samantha Abrams, Web Resources Collection Librarian, Ivy Plus Libraries ; 212.854.1482

Samantha Abrams is the Web Resources Collection Librarian at Ivy Plus Libraries, where she coordinates the partnership's Web Resources Collection Program. Now in its first year, the Program is a collaborative collection development effort to build curated, thematic collections of freely available, but at-risk, web content in order to support research at thirteen participating Ivy Plus Libraries and beyond.

Samantha is the Social Media Coordinator for the Society of American Archivists' Web Archiving Section, serves on the International Internet Preservation Consortium's Training Working Group, and in 2014 was awarded the Future Steward Award by the National Digital Stewardship Alliance, which recognizes emerging leaders taking a creative approach to advancing the knowledge of digital preservation issues and practices.



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). 



Matt Haugen, Rare Book Cataloger, OSMC ; 212.851.2451

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, is responsible for reviewing series authority records created at Columbia, and also catalogs some monographs in European and Middle Eastern languages.

In ALA/ALCTS, Robert is chair of the Committee on Cataloging: Asian and African Materials for 2017-2019.



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.


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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 Ivy Plus Web Resources Collection Librarian. 

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



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 chair of the MODS/MADS Editorial Committee and a member of the PCC Standing Committee on Training.



Iris Wolley, Cataloger, OSMC ; 212.851.2448

Iris catalogs material in all formats and subjects in English as well as Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. She is part of a team that catalogs free online electronic resources. Iris works closely with the staff in Butler Media Services and monitors the Clamms online shelf-list. Within the Columbia Libraries she serves on committees and attends various meetings and forums.

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).