Member of the Week: Harriet E. Wintermute

Harriet E. Wintermute

Harriet E. WintermuteHarriet E. Wintermute is the catalog and metadata librarian at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Lincoln, Nebraska. Harriet has been an ACRL member since 2011 and is your ACRL member of the week for February 6, 2017.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Creative, introvert, dedicated.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I recently finished Quanta (second in the Shadow Ravens series) and have started The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny (third of the Inspector Gamache series). Sometimes I have several books in progress on different devices and other times I am devoted to reading only one book.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Forward-thinking, supportive, learning.

4. What do you value about ACRL? The academic librarianship community that comes with ACRL is a great resource for networking and support. I also like the professional guidance, training opportunities, and conference programs ACRL offers.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As a catalog and metadata librarian at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, I collaborate with colleagues with the goal of facilitating the discoverability of our materials. This often involves original cataloging of e/books, DVDs, games (board and console), and maps, and establishing new name authority records through the Library of Congress’s Name Authority Cooperative program. This also includes enriching our CONTENTdm collections through creating or remediating metadata and through discussions with stakeholders about their subject expertise and metadata expectations.

6. In your own words: Even though I’ve always liked libraries, reading, researching, and learning, I actually came to librarianship by way of Ravelry, an online fiber arts community. For several years, I was a volunteer pattern and yarn database editor at Ravelry. This was my first collaborative experience in creating and maintaining metadata and I enjoyed it so much that I decided librarianship was a good career option for me. As a perennial student engaged in several areas of study over the years, I’ve always loved academic and research environments and how various academic librarians patiently and helpfully guided me towards useful resources and tools. My previous experiences with these librarians have served me well as examples to emulate in my interactions with colleagues and researchers.

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