Autumn Faulkner

I'm a catalog librarian and supervisor at Michigan State University Libraries, where I coordinate copy cataloging workflows as well as catalog print and non-print materials, with an emphasis on music, Special Collections, and non-Roman language materials. I also have a secondary assignment in our conservation lab as a paper conservation assistant.

Linked data has been at the forefront of my thoughts lately, but really my interests are all over the map, so I won't bore you with a long list. Instead you can see what I've been up to below.

me and Tyler kitties

My husband and I live in East Lansing, Michigan, where he is the Associate Head Women's Tennis Coach. We're Atlanta natives (go Braves!), big readers, and board game fans. I also spend my time looking at Google fonts, playing piano, fiddling with spreadsheets, starting too many DIY projects, frequently reorganizing all the shelves and closets in my home, and telling our cats that it's not dinnertime yet (L-R in photo: Turkey, Piglet, Monkey, and Cricket). Still crossing my fingers for a dog.

recent work

Challenges Facing Technical Services. Faulkner, A. (2016). In T. Gilman (Ed.), Academic Librarianship Today. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.

Adventures in Workflow Mapping
Poster handout (forthcoming)
Poster session at Michigan Academic Library Association (MI-ALA) Annual Meeting, May 2016
Graphic design by Shelby Kroske, MSU Libraries

Even Cataloging Sounds Better on Vinyl: Repurposing Metadata from to Catalog Sound Recordings at Michigan State University
With Joshua Barton, Lucas Mak, and Devin Higgins, MSU Libraries Presentation at Music OCLC Users Group (MOUG) Annual Meeting, March 2016

Catalog All the Things: Leveraging Automation to Catalog a Massive Audio-Visual Collection
With Joshua Barton, Lucas Mak, and Devin Higgins, MSU Libraries
Presentation to Technical Services Workflow Efficiency Interest Group, ALA Midwinter, January 2016

Fighting the Hydra: Revising a Complex Copy Cataloging Workflow
Presentation to Copy Cataloging Interest Group, ALA Annual, June 2015

Cataloging at 33 1/3: Repurposing Metadata from to Catalog Sound Recordings at Michigan State University
With Joshua Barton, Lucas Mak, and Devin Higgins, MSU Libraries
Lightning talk at ALA Annual, June 2015

Serendipity & the Semantic Web: Catalogs of the Future
Faulkner, A. (2015). In B. Eden (Ed.), Leading the 21st-century academic library: successful strategies for envisioning and realizing preferred futures (pp.97-118). Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.

A Cataloger's Guide to Saving the World
Internal presentation, MSU Libraries, March 2015

Cataloging a Brand New Collection: Tips, Tricks, and Pitfalls
Faulkner, A. (2014). Catalogue and Index, (176), 13-17.

Serendipity & the Semantic Web
Internal presentation at MSU Libraries, September 2014

Let the Wild Rumpus Start: Building a Children's Literature Collection
With Jill Morningstar, MSU Libraries
Poster session at Michigan Library Association - Academic Libraries, May 2014

CJK Fiction: Using Create Lists and Catalog Data to Promote Discovery
With Stephanie Perentesis, MSU Libraries
Presentation at Innovative Users Group, May 2014

n00bs: a story of my people
Presentation at ALA Midwinter - Biennial Educators Meeting, January 2014

RDA in Real Life: What It Means for Your Library
With Lisa Robinson, MSU Libraries
Presentation at Michigan Library Association, November 2013

5 Things Academic Librarians Should Know About Undergraduate Students
Presentation at Michigan Library Association - Academic Libraries, May 2013

"Back to Hogwarts"
Exhibit featuring books at the MSU Libraries which could be used as magical textbooks in Hogwarts classes
August - October 2015, July - October 2013

Search 'Em Out, Sort 'Em Up, Rawhide!: Using Sierra's Create Lists
to Corral Your Catalog's Name/Title Headings

(must be IUG member to view)
IUG (Innovative Users Group), April 2013

NOOBS FTW!: Challenges and Resources for New Music Catalogers
Cataloging cheat sheets
ALA Midwinter - OLAC meeting, January 2013

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Curriculum Vitae
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