Our catalogers are responsible for making collections accessible, which involves several steps to get materials to the bookshelves, such as assigning call numbers and following standard vocabularies for describing items. International Studies catalogers, in particular, have a strong authority with foreign languages so that they can describe and label the materials in the clearest, most accurate way possible.
This line of work is very detail-oriented and requires a great amount of organization. All areas of the library have catalogers for their materials, but those in International Studies have the added difficulty of being well-versed in multiple languages. An in-depth understanding of the culture that an item comes from is essential to best attribute descriptors and tags for that item. It is for this reason that cataloging in International Studies is such an integral part of the unit.
To learn more about the catalogers, visit their staff pages here.