Paul Hessling and Callie Coward work in the cataloging department at Jackson Library at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The digitization of American publishers trade bindings at the university began in 2009, when Paul submitted a proposal to have a select number digitized. His proposal was accepted and six phases later, there are now over 3,000 bindings digitized and more being added as they are acquired. The collection was the first to use OCLC's CONTENTdm digital collection management system at UNCG. On the cataloging end, we add binding descriptions, binding designers, illustrators, publishers, printers, genre headings and other detailed information about the books. The metadata is then recycled and is used in the CONTENTdm records on the digital projects end. Sometimes this involves doing research on the books which we will share on this blog.
Paul Hessling is the Special Collections/Chief Monographic Cataloger at UNCG.
Callie Coward is the Cataloging and Digital Projects Library Technician at UNCG.