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Catalogers Sweep the 2015 CLIC Awards

2015 turned out to be The Year of the Cataloger at CLIC’s annual Awards Luncheon on December 10, 2015.

Carmen Aslesen accepting the CLIC User Service Award from CLIC Board President Dan Gjelten, December 10, 2015.


Carmen Aslesen, Bush Library, Hamline University



The 2015 User Service Award was given to Carmen Aslesen of Hamline University’s Bush Library. Carmen was cited for her willingness and eagerness to face new technologies and challenges head-on, her mastery of new challenges in data mapping, batch loading, and extracting records, and her generosity in volunteering and sharing her expertise with the CLIC cataloging community.

One nominator summed up Carmen’s contributions, “Carmen is smart, funny, and the essence of competence. She is like a cataloging Data Whisperer.” And another, “I don’t know how she does it – maybe she found Hermione’s Time-Turner? – but Carmen is amazing. She richly deserves this award.”


CLIC Cataloging Committee: Barb Brooks, Dawn Krist, Amy Reinhold, Carmen Aslesen, Jeanine Gatzke, Cathy Lutz, Rebecca Ganzel.

The 2015 Group Effectiveness Award was given to the CLIC Cataloging Committee: Rebecca Ganzel of Augsburg College, Amy Reinhold of Bethel University, Jeanine Gatzke of Concordia University, St. Paul, Carmen Aslesen of Hamline University, Barb Brooks of St. Catherine University, Dawn Krist of University of Northwestern-St. Paul, and Cathy Lutz of University of St. Thomas. The Cataloging Committee and its many arms (Batchloading, Authority Control, Intota task forces) were recognized for the massive amount of work they routinely coordinate and execute as a matter of course.

One nominator summed up their accomplishments saying, “Catalogers spend countless hours working to make our resources accessible and discoverable by our users.   Whether it is through examining the mapping of metadata fields in our systems, ensuring cross-references exist, or that blind references don’t exist, they work tirelessly to get our students and faculty the resources they need. As we shift into next generation of integrated library systems the work of these catalogers should certainly not go unacknowledged.  Their efforts make discovery layers work.  Without their meticulous care the indexes would not function well and our patrons wouldn’t find all of the rich resources we work so hard to provide.”

CLIC congratulates and thanks all of the winners for their contributions!

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