Mike Monaco

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Rank: Assistant Professor of Bibliography
Title: Coordinator, Cataloging Services
Department: University Libraries Technical Services
Office: Bierce 261B
Phone: 330-972-2446
Email: mmonaco@uakron.edu

Selected Works - bepress: https://works.bepress.com/michael-monaco/

Areas of Responsibility: Coordinates and manages cataloging projects; coordinates and prioritizes training and professional development for cataloging; catalogs materials.


Born naked, illiterate, and unable to care for himself, Mike has largely overcome these obstacles and joined the University of Akron faculty in 2016. Before that he taught philosophy courses at Kent State University and Lakeland Community College, worked as a cataloger for John Carroll University, as a substitute librarian for Akron Public Library, and most recently as Senior Catalog Librarian for the Cleveland Public Library.


MLIS, Kent State University, 2001
MA, Philosophy, Kent State University, 1996
BA, Philosophy, University of Toledo, 1994

Published Works:

MarcEdit for Complete Beginners

Have you been hearing about MarcEdit and wondering if it's something you should know about? This session will take you through a tour of the MarcEdit program to give you an idea of what you can do with it. This will be a basic overview for those who are not using MarcEdit, or only using it for one kind of task, and wonder if there is more they could do with it.
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Report on the OVGTSL 2021 conference: technical services today

Summary of the keynotes and breakout sessions of the 2021 conference of the Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians.
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MARCs of Quality : Understanding and Vetting Bibliographic Records

What is a MARC record, and more importantly, what is a good MARC record? Whether you’re vetting vendor-supplied records, copy cataloging, or creating original records, you will get something... Read more »

Sheltering, Surviving and Thriving in Place: A View From Technical Services

The COVID-19 pandemic was a trying time for everyone with tragic losses. 
This panel of technical services librarians will share lessons learned from working through the pandemic and discuss how their work adapted to going partly or wholly remote and providing safe and flexible access to library content and services. The panelists... Read more »

Getting the Word In: Advocating for Technical Services in a Public Service Profession

Technical Services (TS) can seem mysterious and esoteric from the outside, and this becomes a real liability when we need the outsiders to understand why our work is vital – especially in these times when funding is tighter and everything is “on the table.” In this webinar we’ll look at ways you as a TS librarian can... Read more »

The Life-Changing Magic of RegEx

A workshop on Regular Expressions for librarians.
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Cataloging and Metadata: Tools, Trends, and the Changing Role of the Librarian

Chapter of The Academic Librarian in the Digital Age: Essays on Changing Roles and Responsibilities. Edited by Thomas Diamond. McFarland, 2020
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Report of the Catalog Form & Function Interest Group Meeting. American Library Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC, June 2019

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Methods for in-sourcing authority control with MarcEdit, SQL, and regular expressions

This is a report on a developing method to automate authority control in-house (that is, without an outside vendor), especially for batch-loaded bibliographic records for electronic resources. A SQL query of the Innovative Sierra database retrieves entries from the “Headings used for the first time” report. These entries are then processed with some regular expression... Read more »

MarcEdit Past, Present & Future

My part of a co-presentation with Terry Reese and Bryan Baldus at the 2019 ALA Annual conference.
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