ACORD Committee Members
The ALIA Board has confirmed the following members of the ACORD Advisory Committee:
Nicole Hunt (Chair)
Nicole Hunt is Team Manager – Libraries & Community Hubs located in Townsville, Queensland. Having spent more than 35 years cataloguing collections and maintaining systems, she joined ACORD to satisfy her desire for consistent data entry in all catalogue records. Her favourite MARC field is 586 – Awards Note, which is used for adding information on awards associated with the described item – a great searching point for readers which also highlights these achievements for authors.
Sara Davidsson (Secretary)
Sara Davidsson is the Member Services Coordinator at CAVAL in Melbourne, Victoria. Whilst not currently working directly with resource description, cataloguing is where she started her recent library career and she still manages to keep a finger in the cataloguing pie when cataloguing foreign language materials whenever the opportunity arises. Sara joined ACORD in an effort to contribute to the future of resource description in Australia. Her favourite MARC field is 490 – Series statement, as there is nothing better than discovering there are more titles in a series you have fallen for.
Sandra Wretham (Treasurer)
Sandra Wretham is a Senior Library Collections Officer for Local Government in Queensland. After 15 years of cataloguing and showing her peers how cataloguing works, Sandra joined ACORD to help share that knowledge with the wider community. Her favourite MARC field is the 450 – See From Tracing field, because there are so many words and phrases for a single concept/thing.
Catherine is a Course Coordinator and Lecturer in University of South Australia, STEM with specialisations in Metadata and Descriptive Cataloguing. She has qualifications and experiences in Information Management, Information Technology and Education, with a passion for metadata and learning. Her day job as a Library Manager in a busy secondary school has led to a curiosity for not just the how and why of describing things, but also the who with further exploration of the connection between description and digital inclusion. With a broad experience in regional Australia, as well as medical, technology, theological, and vocational organisations, an awareness of engaging with communities for representation is a key aspect of her practice and teaching.
Renate Beilharz is Catalogue Content Manager at the Schools Catalogue and Information Service. She started in school libraries and taught Librarianship at Box Hill Institute. Renate began a love affair with cataloguing rules and standards from first being introduced to Dewey, Sears and AARC2 in the 1980s. Since then, her passion shifted from creating catalogue records themselves to focussing on the purpose of bibliographic metadata, ensuring that catalogue records meet the needs of end-users in a respectful manner. Joining ACORD gives Renate the opportunity to actively participate in current critical cataloguing conversations. Renate no longer loves MARC quite as much, because of the constraints it places on fully implementing RDA Toolkit.
Edith Fullalove is a Digital Services Librarian based in Melbourne, having worked in a Private Secondary School Library first as a Library Technician. Edith has served on the Australian Committee on Cataloguing (ACOC) for 4 years. She took part in the formation of ACORD. Cataloguing and MARC has always been one of her main loves of working in the Library. Her favourite MARC field is 521 – Target Audience Note, which is very important to ensure students have access to resources that are appropriate for their particular age.
Alissa McCulloch is the Coordinator, Metadata Strategy and Standards at Deakin University and a fierce advocate for reparative description and critical cataloguing. She joined ACORD partly to advance these goals and partly to help (re)build a community of metadata and resource description professionals in Australia, to highlight the continued value and importance of this work. Her favourite MARC field is 515 – Numbering Peculiarities Note. Who among us has not lost count of our (serial) issues?
Anthony McLaughlin is the Assistant Director, Descriptive Metadata and Cataloguing at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, in Acton, A.C.T. Anthony has worked directly with cataloguing across a broad range of formats for over 10 years and was central in introducing AustLang coding to descriptive practice. Description of First Nations resources through decolonising practice is central to the work of cataloguers at AIATSIS. Anthony’s favourite field is the 255 – Cartographic Mathematical Data, it’s just so much fun to examine a map in detail and accidentally learn far too much about projections and how big Greenland isn’t.
Melissa Parent is a Senior Librarian at State Library Victoria and former member of ACOC. She joined ACORD to help shape RDA development and implementation in Australia, and has faith in RDA as a 21st century resource description standard. Yes, the new Toolkit is challenging and yes, we’ll get used to using it just as we did the old Toolkit. Her favourite MARC tag is the utilitarian yet efficient 008, and her favourite RDA entity is the slippery, slippery Nomen.
Vanessa Rooney is a Librarian and academic coordinator of the Library and Information Studies programme at North Metropolitan TAFE. Vanessa joined ACORD in 2021 to promote cataloguing as something awesome to the wider resource description community. Too difficult to identify just one favourite MARC field, Vanessa loves teaching students the 336, 337, & 338 fields as they breathe new life into existing resources and will challenge emerging resources. Vanessa also dreams of one day, demystifying the (new) RDA Toolkit.
John Timoney is the Collection Development Coordinator at the City of Marion Library Service in South Australia. From the vantage point of public libraries, he believes metadata should breathe life into discovery platforms and resource description activities be thoughtful and considered. He joined ACORD in 2022 to actively participate in the strategic direction of resource description work in Australia and his favourite tags are the 7XXs due to the serendipitous and rhizomatic connections they reveal.
Glenn Wells is a Specialist Librarian working at the State Library of New South Wales. Glenn has worked in the field for a decade across library and archival management systems. Partly as a consequence of his poor memory, Glenn has a love of the research tools required for MARC Bibliographic 510 Citation field entries; however, he acknowledges the greater value of MARC’s work-horse access point, linking and tracing fields.