Grant Received for Cataloging Library
The four Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability librarians (Anne Huber, Illinois State Geological Survey; Susan Braxton and Beth Wohlgemuth, Illinois Natural History Survey; and Laura Barnes, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center) received a grant from the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) in July 2009. The grant will be used to assist with retrospective cataloging of materials from those three libraries and the Illinois State Water Survey library. The cataloged records will be migrated to the digital I-Share and WorldCat catalogs. The Institute libraries hold many unique and Illinois-specific documents, including "gray" literature, such as contract reports that are only cataloged locally. Using existing metadata, the records for these materials will be converted to electronic records that can be uploaded to the catalogs. The immediate benefit will be to improve discoverability and access to these documents to Survey and Illinois researchers as well as others throughout the world. The proposal is titled, "An Innovative Approach to Collection Transfers Using Existing Metadata: Improving Access to collections of the State Scientific Libraries in I-Share and OCLC." The amount of the award is $11,637 for the 2010 fiscal year.