Meet GOBI Cataloging Bibliographer Kelly Fullerton

Workflow | August 31, 2017

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See how Kelly Fullerton, a Cataloging Bibliographer Team Lead at GOBI, helps academic libraries get books to their users faster.

Kelly Fullerton is a Cataloging Bibliographer Team Lead at GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO. Learn more about Kelly and how she helps academic libraries get books to their users faster. 

Where did you go to school, and what degree did you earn?

I attended Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania for a B.A. in English, and I then received my M.S. in Library Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

What inspired you to become a librarian?

I have always loved books and spend a lot of time at the library and the bookstore. When I got to college, I knew I wanted to major in English, and I loved being in the library and receiving research help from the library staff at the school. I decided on being a librarian after I had several internships at my college library working in Reference and Instruction, and in Cataloging.

What is your current job title? Have you held any other positions within GOBI?

Currently, I am a Cataloging Bibliographer Team Lead, and before that I was a Cataloging Bibliographer.

Say a librarian is looking in GOBI to buy some books about the American Civil War for their library. The information we provide helps them find those books and can also help them connect to books about similar topics.

What does a cataloging bibliographer do in a typical day?

We provide cataloging information for internal purposes, as well as for our GOBI Library Technical Services customers. Internally, our cataloging information is provided to the Profiling department, which supports those profiles created for titles in GOBI. For our LTS Customers, we catalog titles based on the level of records they want to receive, adding additional customized information for them as well, where needed. A typical day as a Cataloging Bibliographer is a balance of cataloging materials for these two workflows.

As a team lead, I help train newer members of our department, so my day consists of working with them and reviewing their work. I also catalog materials for customers and take part in different projects and meetings within the department.

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How does what you do help libraries?

We provide quality cataloging information for our customers which supports their library collections and the information available to their patrons. Say a librarian is looking in GOBI to buy some books about the American Civil War for their library. The information we provide helps them find those books and can also help them connect to books about similar topics. A book about the Civil War might also be about military hospitals, which might lead them to books about military hospitals during World War II. Some of those books could also be a great addition to their library collection.

Once they get our records back to their library, the same thing happens when their users search their catalog. Our information allows those users to find books on their topic and also make connections to other materials that will be helpful to them. 

What do you like to do in your free time?

Not surprisingly, I read a lot. I also enjoy watching TV, and since moving to New Hampshire I have been enjoying hiking and snowshoeing.

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