Top Cataloger Skills

Below we've compiled a list of the most important skills for a Cataloger. We ranked the top skills based on the percentage of Cataloger resumes they appeared on. For example, 24.6% of Cataloger resumes contained Library Materials as a skill. Let's find out what skills a Cataloger actually needs in order to be successful in the workplace.

The six most common skills found on Cataloger resumes in 2020. Read below to see the full list.

1. Library Materials

high Demand
Here's how Library Materials is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Cataloged various library materials, conducted an inventory and developed a plan to eliminate backlogs and numerous cataloging problems.
  • Prepared copy and original cataloging records for printed library materials
  • Performed original cataloging of books and other library materials.
  • Verified bibliographic data for library materials.
  • Assisted in the acquisition of library materials, reference and publication of the library's card catalog.
  • Cataloged library materials - copy and original Provided reference services and assisted patrons in using the Library's catalog and genealogical materials
  • Cataloged and classified library materials in using established taxonomies.Input and enhanced metadata to improve discoverability of library materials.

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2. Online Databases

high Demand
Here's how Online Databases is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Maintain library functions and files by processing periodicals Assisted students with software, finding books, online databases and copiers

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3. Online Catalog

high Demand
Here's how Online Catalog is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Update online catalog using collection management system.
  • Photographed three-dimensional relics, manuscripts and autographs for publication in print and online catalogs; scanned flat items for same purpose.
  • Assist with online catalog maintenance such as identifying and resolving heading conflicts.
  • Maintained of the JULIUS library online catalog.
  • Designed, implemented and documented process for adding electronic monographs to online catalog.
  • Performed online catalog data corrections and resolved bibliographic problems.

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4. Oclc

high Demand
Here's how Oclc is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Edited Library of Congress bibliographic records of print and non-print materials on OCLC.
  • Classified and cataloged (original and derivative) all resources, using OCLC.
  • Cataloged records for approval selection plans using BiblioFile and OCLC Connexion.
  • Experience with Aleph, OCLC * Bilingual Japanese/English position
  • Perform original and copy cataloging for new acquisitions in OCLC and Horizon.
  • Cataloged printed and non-printed materials with OCLC.

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5. Marc

high Demand
Here's how Marc is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Applied non-MARC metadata to records using an internally designed indexing platform.
  • Created original Machine Readable Cataloging (MARC) records and updated OCLC records to add to the library's online catalog.
  • Validated records using MARC Report software in order to ensure records follow AACR2 and MARC standards.
  • Interpreted MARC record and material content for the appropriate codes for different Library Automation Systems.
  • Generated information for the creation and extraction of MARC records using the Cataloging utility.
  • Fielded questions from copy catalogers and technicians on MARC practices and local policy.
  • Manipulated MARC records according to standard account procedures for libraries and schools.
  • Research holdings and update MARC holding records to accurately reflect Library holdings.
  • Created original bibliographic records in accordance with AACR2 and MARC.
  • Cataloged book materials following standard USMARC and AACR2 conventions
  • Prepared and edited MARC bibliographic records (print and digital media) following individualized library standards
  • Updated Drupal website that serves as the customer portal to MARC records.
  • Examine MARC record to insure that Material Content conforms to customer requirements.
  • Edited about 8,000 MARC records using Aleph.

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6. Original Bibliographic Records

high Demand
Here's how Original Bibliographic Records is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Created original bibliographic records of materials when necessary.
  • Copy-cataloged and created original bibliographic records using OCLC.
  • Copy-cataloged monographs, textbooks, and children's books and created original bibliographic records for Ph.D. Theses.
  • Cataloged young adult and juvenile fiction and nonfiction for the Grandview, Pickerington, andWagnalls libraries Created original bibliographic records as needed

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7. Library System

high Demand
Here's how Library System is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Planned/tested data for multiple migrations to new integrated library systems.
  • Cataloged on Data Trek and Horizon Integrated Library Systems.
  • Developed, evaluated and selected an integrated library system.
  • Participate in the conversion to a computerized library system
  • Utilized Voyager Integrated Library System.
  • Unpacked, cataloged, and processed new children's books for the entire county library system.
  • Imported numerous titles per day utilizing over 6 different integrated library systems including Sirsi and Georgia Pine.
  • Use of RFiD tags to scan and track assets into the library systems.

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8. Rare Books

high Demand
Here's how Rare Books is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Applied archival Mylar covers to preserve book jackets.- Packaged and shipped rare books to customers in the United States and Internationally.
  • Cataloged over 8,500 rare books in many languages and scripts, achieving project goals months before deadline.
  • Performed original and copy cataloging for all juvenile and rare books regardless of subject or format.
  • Performed internet search for rare books.
  • Created bibliographic descriptions for inventory of modern first editions and rare books Uploaded records to bookseller websites Fulfilled online orders
  • Research and cataloguing of rare books for printed catalogue and in-shop sales.

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9. Subject Headings

high Demand
Here's how Subject Headings is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Applied principles of AACR2, MARC21, LC Subject Headings, and understanding of Latin and Hebrew.
  • Assign Dewey call numbers; Library of Congress Subject Headings; and genre/format terms from multiple thesauri.
  • Selected and assigned subject headings, access points, classification, and content designation.
  • Created subject headings and assigned call numbers for classification.

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10. Data Entry

high Demand
Here's how Data Entry is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Performed data entry and various clerical duties for civilian and top military personnel.
  • Assign documents to appropriate categories and completed data entry form.
  • Inventory, appraisal and data entry of approximately 650 individual collections, which included multiple film, video and audio formats.
  • Performed administrative duties for two librarians, such as typing, filing, data entry, cataloging and calculating productivity statistics.

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11. Authority Records

high Demand
Here's how Authority Records is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Input and revised bibliographic and authority records and classification schedules.
  • Created/updated authority records for Library's online automated authority file
  • Created authority records when necessary.
  • Create bibliographic records on RLIN and retrieve authority records on OCLC.
  • Created name, series and subject authority records.
  • Performed original cataloging of 35 millimeter slides of works of art and architecture Prepared authority records for local name authority files

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12. Lcsh

high Demand
Here's how Lcsh is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Performed original and copy cataloging and database maintenance for materials in all formats utilizing AACR2, LCSH, and LC Classification.
  • Assigned subject headings using LCSH.
  • Assigned subject headings using LCSH and LC Childrens Subject Headings.
  • Used Dewey, SuDocs, California State Classification System, LCSH, and OCLC.
  • Classified in LC and used LCSH.

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13. RDA

average Demand
Here's how RDA is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Cataloged parts/products in accordance with federal and military standards and policies.
  • Transport of materials between the stacks and work station, handling antiquarian materials in accordance with established guidelines.
  • Established name/series authority headings in accordance with the provisions of ACCR2, local policies, procedures, and NACO requirements.

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14. Electronic Resources

average Demand
Here's how Electronic Resources is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Perform original and copy cataloging of books, serials, and electronic resources in MARC format.
  • Managed the licensing agreements of electronic resources, including reviewing, evaluating and negotiating licenses for new and continuing electronic content.
  • Collaborate with Electronic Resources and Collection Development Librarian to ensure Library policies are up-to-date and enhance University Goals.
  • Coordinated and managed extensive department-wide renewal of BNA print and electronic resources with Labor agencies and Procurement office.
  • Utilized electronic resources to create reports and spreadsheets from research and statistical information.
  • Developed environmentally friendly processes through the use of electronic resources.

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15. Database

average Demand
Here's how Database is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Searched bibliographic databases to determine relationship of item in hand to existing bibliographic records.
  • Cataloged commercial, editorial and historical media assets for online database using metadata application
  • Participated in database cleanup projects to improve site accuracy and performance.
  • Developed and maintained authority control standards for the bibliographic database.
  • Created an image database/website, providing metadata for the collection.
  • Administered OCLC database as repository for all digitized bibliographic information.
  • Created database entries for new acquisitions of Harvard College Library
  • Created a local database for historical photographs.
  • Retrieved and edited information from central databases.
  • Developed a custom database and inventory system
  • Entered historical information into a database.
  • Entered bibliographic records into online database.
  • Provided online reference of non-legal databases.
  • Trained the nurse, dental, and anesthesiology departments on various librarian databases to ensure that their research needs were met.
  • Edited individual database records and wrote batch modification queries for third-party and EyeWire products to conform to in-house guidelines.
  • Created SQL/MS Access databases to house and search catalog data for various projects set up to insure data quality.
  • Cleaned up and cataloged thousands of shell records in the database to full level metadata serial records.
  • Entered data into client s database in a specialized format while maintaining a high level of accuracy.
  • Handled historic house hold items and entered into the Historic New England Database with photographs with labels
  • Provided design input and quality control for transition from Pro-Cite to Access database of archive.

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16. Adobe Photoshop

average Demand
Here's how Adobe Photoshop is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Scan images from yearbooks and collections and use Adobe Photoshop to correct them and add the images to a digital repertoire.

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17. Rlin

average Demand
Here's how Rlin is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Utilized RLIN system for cataloging and book processing.
  • Revised and modified RLIN member copy to conform with Princeton and national cataloging standards.
  • Assisted the Arabic cataloger in doing entry verification, and deriving records from RLIN to the local cataloging system, NOTIS.
  • Cataloged 18th and 19th century American manuscripts and documents in MARC format and inputted into RLIN database.
  • Updated retention notes to bibliographic records using RLIN and OCLC to catalog serials.

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18. DVD

average Demand
Here's how DVD is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Cataloged sheet music, music literature, methods books, CD s and DVD s. Performed original and adaptive cataloging.
  • Major Achievements: Implemented more efficient vendor cataloging process to catalog books/DVDs within 5 days of orders; streamlined cataloging processes.
  • Created original cataloging records for books, videos, CD-ROMs, DVDs, theses, slides and maps.
  • Trained others on cataloging and library material (books, movie and TV DVDs, music CDs, etc.)

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19. Customer Service

average Demand
Here's how Customer Service is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Provided the excellent customer service to company representatives, military, and civilian customers.
  • Assisted with regular library tasks including shelving, circulation, reference, and customer service.
  • Presented community workshops, provided customer service regarding inquiries for articles, etc., and lectured organizations regarding current issues in Russia
  • Maintained and sustained all records while providing outstanding customer service daily.
  • Maintain and promotes the characteristics of excellent customer services in assigned area of responsibility.
  • Provide additional customer services when patrons needed assistance.

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20. Item Records

average Demand
Here's how Item Records is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Corrected incorrect information on item records.
  • Edited and updated holdings and item records for both serials and monographs.
  • Updated the database with changes in item records.
  • Researched, evaluated and applied Library of Congress Subject Headings to item records.

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21. New Materials

average Demand
Here's how New Materials is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Accessioned new materials and transcribed oral history tapes.
  • Processed all new materials for circulation, ensuring that they were reinforced and trackable.

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22. Computer System

average Demand
Here's how Computer System is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Trained student and library assistants on local and national computer systems technologies.
  • Catalogued materials into computer system, Prepared materials for circulation

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23. ILS

average Demand
Here's how ILS is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Used Evergreen ILS to perform Z39.50 searches on various targets.
  • Check for completeness against trade emails or distributor invoices.
  • Shelved books Inputting details about new materials into a library's electronic catalog.
  • Monitored, modified and maintained cataloging details in the Endeavor Voyager Integrated Library System.
  • Performed problem solving for cataloging, ILS, vendor/publishers issues, personnel issues, processing and others.
  • Train all new library staff on circulation and reference functions of Polaris ILS.

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24. Audiovisual Materials

average Demand
Here's how Audiovisual Materials is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Provided original cataloging for Arabic and Hebrew language print and audiovisual materials.
  • Handled the ordering and receiving of books, periodicals, and audiovisual materials.

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25. Complex Copy

average Demand
Here's how Complex Copy is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Performed original and complex copy cataloging and classification in all formats, languages and subject areas.
  • Performed original and complex copy cataloging.
  • Performed original and complex copy cataloging for the library's rare book and special collections.

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26. Oversaw

low Demand
Here's how Oversaw is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Created student policy manual and oversaw implementation.
  • Assigned copy cataloging editing and oversaw quality control bibliographic record production.
  • Purchased and oversaw the processing of all new media for the library collection.
  • Organized and oversaw post migration clean-up projects 5.
  • Selected and negotiated contract with succeeding copier companies, oversaw installment of compact shelving and monitored archive room envoronment.

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27. Worldcat

low Demand
Here's how Worldcat is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Searched WorldCat and the Library of Congress catalog to find matching records.
  • Mastered the use of cataloguing resources such as WorldCat and HomeBase.

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28. New Items

low Demand
Here's how New Items is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Cataloged new items, manuscripts, digital images; managed technical services processes

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29. New Books

low Demand
Here's how New Books is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Processed and incorporated all new books into library computer software program
  • Managed and Cataloged new books and labeled for Accelerated reading program for Kindergarten to eighth grades.
  • Ordered, received, processed, and initiated cataloging process for new books.
  • Advertise new books or products.
  • Processed all incoming new books of different genres ie.

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30. Classification Numbers

low Demand
Here's how Classification Numbers is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Assigned LC Classification numbers according to customer specifications; Able to effectively perform system updates simultaneously on multiple accounts daily
  • Assigned MeSH and NLM classification numbers.
  • Assigned MeSH and NLM classification numbers Created authority records

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31. NLM

low Demand
Here's how NLM is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Cataloged documents for the National Library of Medicine, using Library of Congress classification, NLM subject headings, MESH headings.
  • Used NLM and MESH subject headings, and learned to use RDA LC Copy for customers.
  • Applied knowledge of Medical subject heading (MeSH) and non-LC classifications including NLM and DDC.
  • Organized the flow of materials to and from NLM.

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32. Opac

low Demand
Here's how Opac is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Chair Cataloging Committee; standardize cataloging procedures that best meet patron needs through OPAC Committee.
  • Oversee the posting and maintenance of bibliographic entries in the OPAC and circulation system.
  • Process inter-library loan requests using JerseyCat, the statewide OPAC.
  • Perform system administration tasks for OPAC and original cataloguing for print and non-print materials.

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33. New Records

low Demand
Here's how New Records is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Designed procedure for processing problem records into library's catalog, editing MARC records as well as creating new records.
  • Import book records from Library of Congress and make new records when necessary for libraries across the country to use.
  • Applied AACR2 and ISBD standards to all modified and new records.

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34. Government Documents

low Demand
Here's how Government Documents is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Re-organized the Government Documents section for inspection by the Federal Depositor, successfully completing the inspection with minimal findings.
  • Updated bibliographic records of government documents at Yale University.
  • Placed barcodes on government documents.
  • Lead group projects: Rapid acquisition of interlibrary loans, Government Documents Maps review and weeding.

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35. Reference Services

low Demand
Here's how Reference Services is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Provided reference services and information literacy instruction.
  • Provided weekly reference services on a rotating basis.
  • Research consultation and reference services included conducting literature searches, gathering research data, and instruction on bibliographic management tools.
  • Provided reference services to university students.
  • Provided reference services and information literacy instruction.
  • Provide reference services using years of experience, books, periodicals, online databases and referrals to subject experts.

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36. Collection Development

low Demand
Here's how Collection Development is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Participate in collection developmentfor the paralegal collection.
  • Performed reference work for students and faculty Assisted with collection development and cataloging Provided bibliographic instruction in the classroom
  • Interacted with firm libraries nationwide to effectively accomplish cataloging and collection development functions in all firm offices.
  • Shared in general reference, instruction, and collection development functions with other library professionals.
  • Review potential materials for acquisition and contributes to acquisition and collection development efforts.
  • Managed reference, collection development and student services projects.

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37. Aacr

low Demand
Here's how Aacr is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Cataloged books and other materials according to AACR2R rules and individual library criteria.

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38. Aarc2

low Demand
Here's how Aarc2 is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Copy cataloging of monographs and sound recordings using AARC2 and OCLC.

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39. Html

low Demand
Here's how Html is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Experience working with HTML, the World Wide Web and the creation and delivery of electronic text, graphics and images.
  • Published over 1,000 third-party products utilizing CMS, HTML and XML.
  • Designed and created a new library website using the content management system WordPress via CSS and HTML encoding.

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40. CDS

low Demand
Here's how CDS is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Managed category of materials: including books, CDs, films and other documents.
  • Trained in organization of books, movies, and cds* Trained in Alphabetizing movies, books, and cds
  • Databased inventory of records and CDs.

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41. Digital Collections

low Demand
Here's how Digital Collections is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Provide bibliographic access to library materials, electronic journals, online resources and digital collections

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42. Student Workers

low Demand
Here's how Student Workers is used in Cataloger jobs:
  • Supervised student workers performing cataloging-related tasks.
  • Performed Cataloging duties Assisted in the training of other catalogers Assisted in the training of student workers
  • Trained and supervised student workers in Acquisitions Department
  • Trained and supervised up to twelve student workers every academic year.
  • Supervised and trained student workers.
  • Supervised and trained the paraprofessionals and student workers.

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20 Most Common Skill for a Cataloger

Library Materials28.4%
Online Databases13.4%
Online Catalog10.7%
Oclc8.1%
Marc5.9%
Original Bibliographic Records4.8%
Library System4.2%
Rare Books3.4%

Typical Skill-Sets Required For A Cataloger

RankSkillPercentage of ResumesPercentage
1
1
Library Materials
Library Materials
24.6%
24.6%
2
2
Online Databases
Online Databases
11.6%
11.6%
3
3
Online Catalog
Online Catalog
9.3%
9.3%
4
4
Oclc
Oclc
7%
7%
5
5
Marc
Marc
5.1%
5.1%
6
6
Original Bibliographic Records
Original Bibliographic Records
4.2%
4.2%
7
7
Library System
Library System
3.6%
3.6%
8
8
Rare Books
Rare Books
3%
3%
9
9
Subject Headings
Subject Headings
2.9%
2.9%
10
10
Data Entry
Data Entry
2.3%
2.3%
11
11
Authority Records
Authority Records
1.9%
1.9%
12
12
Lcsh
Lcsh
1.8%
1.8%
13
13
RDA
RDA
1.4%
1.4%
14
14
Electronic Resources
Electronic Resources
1.3%
1.3%
15
15
Database
Database
1.3%
1.3%
16
16
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop
1.2%
1.2%
17
17
Rlin
Rlin
1.1%
1.1%
18
18
DVD
DVD
1.1%
1.1%
19
19
Customer Service
Customer Service
1.1%
1.1%
20
20
Item Records
Item Records
1.1%
1.1%
21
21
New Materials
New Materials
1%
1%
22
22
Computer System
Computer System
0.9%
0.9%
23
23
ILS
ILS
0.9%
0.9%
24
24
Audiovisual Materials
Audiovisual Materials
0.7%
0.7%
25
25
Complex Copy
Complex Copy
0.7%
0.7%
26
26
Oversaw
Oversaw
0.6%
0.6%
27
27
Worldcat
Worldcat
0.6%
0.6%
28
28
New Items
New Items
0.6%
0.6%
29
29
New Books
New Books
0.6%
0.6%
30
30
Classification Numbers
Classification Numbers
0.6%
0.6%
31
31
NLM
NLM
0.5%
0.5%
32
32
Opac
Opac
0.5%
0.5%
33
33
New Records
New Records
0.5%
0.5%
34
34
Government Documents
Government Documents
0.5%
0.5%
35
35
Reference Services
Reference Services
0.5%
0.5%
36
36
Collection Development
Collection Development
0.5%
0.5%
37
37
Aacr
Aacr
0.5%
0.5%
38
38
Aarc2
Aarc2
0.4%
0.4%
39
39
Html
Html
0.4%
0.4%
40
40
CDS
CDS
0.4%
0.4%
41
41
Digital Collections
Digital Collections
0.4%
0.4%
42
42
Student Workers
Student Workers
0.4%
0.4%

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