Robert Wolven Named Director of Library Systems and Bibliographic Control at Columbia University.

April 11, 2002 (April 11, 2002) - Robert Wolven has been named Director of Library Systems and Bibliographic Control at Columbia University. Wolven, who has been Director of the Bibliographic Control & Processing Division since 1987, has held the position of acting Head of Library Systems since 2000. A graduate of Columbia's School of Library Service, he has worked at Columbia University since 1972 in positions of increasing responsibility within the Science Division, the Law Library, and technical services.


A frequent speaker on cataloging issues at professional meetings, Wolven has served on committees and task forces of the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services, the Research Libraries Group, and the Digital Library Federation, and is currently Chair-Elect of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging.

Patricia Renfro, Deputy University Librarian said, "Bob's unique blend of knowledge and experience makes him an ideal person to lead the Libraries Bibliographic Control and Systems divisions forward into a period of major change." She continued, "Under Bob's leadership we foresee new opportunities to use technology to improve services to faculty and students and to further increase the productivity and efficiency of the library's operations."

The Library Systems Office is responsible for operation and development of the Libraries web services and the online catalog system, CLIO, for networked applications in support of library services, and for hardware and software support of public and staff workstations.

The Bibliographic Control Division provides cataloging for most campus libraries, and coordinates cataloging policy and activities for all cataloging units in the Libraries. The division handles over 130,000 titles annually.

Columbia University Libraries is the nation's eighth largest academic library system, with 7.5 million volumes, 84,000 serials, as well as extensive collections of electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms and other non-print formats. The collections are particularly strong in humanities and history, architecture, East Asian and other Area Studies materials, oral history, theater, and original materials in English and American literature and history.

The collections and services are organized into 22 libraries, supporting specific academic or professional disciplines. The Library's web site at is a gateway to the print and electronic collections and services.

posted: 04/15/02 KRS