Robert Kusmer is a faculty librarian and curator of the German Language and Literature collection in the Libraries. Rob is an Affiliate in the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and Interim Head of the Resource Description Unit in the Metadata Services Program of the Hesburgh Libraries.
The Resource Description Unit creates or enriches resource metadata for a wide range of resource types, schemes and encoding practices to ensure the Libraries' specialized and unique holdings are discoverable through a variety of systems. It ensures the proper application of industry metadata standards and performs subject analysis, rare books cataloging, original cataloging, metadata work for digital content, authority control work, and identity data management.
Rob holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University in German Language and Literature, as well as a master's degree in Library Science from Kent State University and B.A. cum laude in German from Cleveland State University.
Rachel Boyd is responsible for original and complex copy cataloging of humanities materials in a variety of languages, including resources designated for Rare Books and Special Collections. She handles post-processing of materials from two of our outsourcing vendors. Rachel also creates and updates name authority records for the LC/NACO authority file and submits literary author call number proposals to the Library of Congress.
Tiffany Gillaspy is responsible for music collection development, associated instruction and assistance to users of the music collections, and related professional contributions. She performs and oversees the cataloging of music scores and recordings in cooperation with original and copy catalogers.
Bozena Karol is responsible for performing and coordinating final cataloging of selected rare books and serials housed in the Rare Books and Special Collections Department of Hesburgh Library. She also is responsible for cataloging approval and firm order titles in Russian, Ukrainian and Polish.
Alex Papson is responsible for contributing metadata for resources that are described using non-MARC schema, and for advising on emerging issues in metadata control and digital preservation. He also serves as the case manager within the Digital Collections Oversight Team.
Joe Ross is responsible for original cataloging of materials designated for Rare Books and Special Collections, with an emphasis on early printed books. He also serves as subject liaison to the Program for the History and Philosophy of Science, including the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values.