ERIC Number: EJ711480
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar-15
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The Whiz Kid: Terry Reese--Oregon State University
Library Journal, v130 n5 pS26 Mar 2005
We should be grateful that Terry Reese had to work his way through college. As a work-study student, taught to do cartographic cataloging in the University, of Oregon's map library, he discovered the mental challenges libraries offered. Later he became Oregon State University (OSU)'s cataloger for networked resources and digital unit production head. If he hadn't come to OSU, he says, "I might have ended up working for Symantec. But at OSU I found a place where I could merge my technical skills with my creativity."Reese has a genius for thinking up automated solutions to time-consuming manual activities. He believes that a library's metadata is one of its most valuable assets, so it must be easy to change and repurpose. When he discovered that he could not reliably use the Library of Congress's MARC editing program from his new Windows computer, he created his own Windows-based editing suite, MARCEdit, an improvement on the original product. Deb Hackleman, librarian for systems applications at OSU, says Reese "was invited to the Library of Congress to demonstrate its potential for use by our national library." What's more, Reese has made the program available as freeware, along with online tutorials, screen shots, and troubleshooting advice.
Descriptors: Librarians, Library Automation, Technological Advancement, Computer Software, Metadata, Cataloging, Library Services, Academic Libraries
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Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Oregon