One recipient of the Libraries' new Professional Development Internship is Caitlin Whiting. Caitlin is working this summer with metadata, electronic journals, and marc records in Technical Services. She is currently enrolled in the MLS program at the University of Maryland, College Park, with an expected graduation date of May 2011. Caitlin has a 4.0 GPA at Maryland, and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Oregon.
Caitlin has experience with the Horizon library system, serials check in and receiving, and basic cataloging activities in a research library environment.
Caitlin was attracted to the Technical Services Division Professional Development internship because of her strong interest in libraries that foster international scholarly communication and research, and her desire to use technologies that support that mission. Thus far, Caitlin has expanded her cataloging skills as she creates and edits MARC records for electronic journals in the Library catalog.
A recent Biodiversity Heritage Library metadata project had her researching bibliographic records of works listed in the Index Animalium, a vital piece of scholarship from the early 20th century which compiles the names of thousands of species known at that time. Also, she has assisted with name authority work and editing of citations of Smithsonian publications before their inclusion in the Smithsonian’s digital repository. These projects have helped develop her holistic understanding of technical services as an integral component of the Libraries.
Caitlin plans to pursue a career in technical services, and is looking forward to being a part of such a dynamic and ever-changing field. She has taken a bibliographic control course, which included classification and subject analysis theory, along with parsing and putting together simple MARC records. Caitlin will be taking a technical services seminar in the fall, hoping to learn more in-depth of the issues, challenges and trends in technical services