The campus of Loyola Marymount University may be quieter than usual during the summer, but the librarians at the William H. Hannon Library are hard at work preparing workshops and programs for the upcoming semester, processing new collections, conducting research, and presenting about their projects at academic conferences around the world. We checked in with three of our librarians to ask about their summer plans.
Cynthia Becht, Head of Archives and Special Collections
“I attended the ACRL Rare Books and Manuscripts Conference held in New Orleans from June 19-22, where I led discussions on security and professional codes of ethics in participant-driven programs. Other topics of interest at RBMS emphasized diversity in hiring practices and collection building, the rise of hybrid collections (museum objects more frequently acquired to expand the “voices” represented in special collections), and at long last an unveiling of RBMS’ revised cataloging practices drafted for inclusion in the RDA toolkit. I remained in New Orleans for the American Library Association Annual Conference, mostly attending the many meetings for RBMS committees on which I’m serving or to which I’m a liaison.”
Javier Garibay, Librarian-in-Residence
“This summer, I attended the American Libraries Association’s Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. On July 2, I will be traveling to present at a conference in Soria, Spain on retention through cultural dance at the 4th International Colloquium on Languages, Culture, and Identity in Schools and Society. While I’m out there I will also be visiting family friends in Cordoba, Spain, and traveling through Italy to Rome, Pisa, and Venice! In late August, I will be traveling again to attend the World Library Information Congress, thanks to a grant I received from the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). It will be taking place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, but I plan to also visit Vietnam and Singapore when I am on that trip.”
Walt Walker, Head Cataloging Librarian
“I recently attended the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in New Orleans as a newly-elected Director-at-Large of the Executive Board of the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT). At our conference meetings, the GLBTRT Executive Board worked on an ALA Council resolution to increase access to gender-inclusive bathrooms at conference center facilities, on plans for our 50th anniversary gala in Chicago in 2020, and gave out awards for LGBTQ library activism and LGBTQ books. I’m also learning more about future changes to the way we catalog and hoping to successfully hire a new Cataloging Librarian to replace a vacancy in my Department. As a member of the Editorial Board of the Homosaurus, I am also continuing to make major revisions in the International Thesaurus of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Terms this summer, and hope we complete the revised edition during the coming year.”