Me, with some
of my heroes
I am a librarian with experience in most areas of the library, including being a director, plus I have extensive international experience. An especially important part of my career has been devoted to open source software development, primarily taking advantage of free resources on the web. I am an author and have done consultation with different libraries. Finally I am a frequent contributor to library email lists.
I wrote the Slavic Cataloging Manual while working at Princeton University when I was
Slavic Cataloger. It began as a paper manual for training and was one of the first documents
I made for the web. When I moved to Italy, I gave it to ACRL and is now hosted at Indiana.
Slavic Cataloging Manual Current at Indiana University
Slavic Cataloging Manual (Original)
Currently, most of my innovations are in the library catalog of the American University of Rome. These include experiments using various tools, and probably the best way to learn about them is to view this short presentation, one of the various Two-Minute Tutorials I made while there. One of these records is Chelovek s kinoapparatom [videorecording] = Man with a movie camera / proizvodstvo VUFKU ; [directed by Dziga Vertov] where the searcher can watch the movie from inside the catalog record. One of the major innovations was the Extend Search.
I made some very early attempts on the web, dating from the mid 1990s. Here
are a selection of those early attempts, primarily from the Internet Archive's
Wayback Machine. Some of the images and links no longer work.
First Home Page
Metadata Creation: Down and Dirty
Slavic Resources page
I was born in Kansas and grew up in New Mexico. I worked in grocery stores for 15 years before earning my MLIS and getting into libraries. In 2001, my wife and I moved to Rome, Italy. I have also been interested in the history and bibliography of chess, wrote some articles on chess, and even curated an exhibition of the major chess collection at Princeton University, one of the high points of my life.