2436 E. 4th St #157 | LONG BEACH, CA 90814

 

MARY N. COHEN

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Academic Experience

Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA                                                                     Spring 2018

·      Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology

 

University of Kentucky, Lexington KY                                                                           August 1999

·       Master’s in Library and Information Science

 

The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO                                                                May 1996

·       Bachelor of Arts in Economics

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Professional Experience

Technical Services Department Head, Palos Verdes Library District, Rolling Hills

Estates, CA                                                                                                                    4/01-Present

·       Manage 5 departments within Technical Services: acquisitions, serials, interlibrary

loan, processing/mending and cataloging

·       Supervise 4 full time paraprofessional positions and 1 half time position

·       Assist with collection development of assigned areas, including philosophy, psychology,

and foreign language, and add/discard materials according to District guidelines

·       Manage several vendor contracts (including a $200,000+ contract with Brodart

Company), make changes, and communicate problems as they arise

·       Manage a variety of budgets from supplies to outsourcing totaling over $150,000

·       Helped lead and organize the implementation of the Innovative Interfaces (III)

 integrated library system for the District in Feb. 2008

·       Created a disaster plan for the District with individualized attention on each

branch collection; plan is updated each year as needed

·       Coordinator of Collection HQ software (a collection development tool); responsible

      for training staff members

·       Head a programming committee for the District to discuss new program submissions

and organize and analyze our current roster of programs

·       Assist public with passport processing needs

·       Assist with special projects as needed

 

Reference/Technical Services Librarian, Palos Verdes Library District, Rolling Hills

Estates, CA                                                                                                                    3/00-4/01

·       Assisted with cataloging of new materials with some original cataloging of

local history materials

·       Worked several hours a week on the adult services reference desk

·       Assisted with collection development of assigned areas such as business and

added/discarded materials according to District guidelines.

 

Cataloger, Library Associates, Beverly Hills, CA                                                              9/99-3/00

·       Helped inventory a multilingual map and book collection of 15,000, one of

 Library Associates many outsourcing projects, for the National Imagery and

             Mapping Agency in Bethesda, MD

·       Prepared copy and original complex cataloging for both books and maps utilizing

OCLC and other software

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Professional Affiliations

Member of California Library Association

o   Participated on CLA conference planning committee for 2008 conference in Pasadena

o   Board member for the Technical Services Interest Group, 2013-; coordinated RDA workshop with presenters for May 2014 at Torrance Public Library and May 2015 at UCLA

o   Board member for the Technical Services Interest Group, Spring Fling Coordinator,

2010-11

o   Board member for the Technical Services Interest Group, Vice Chair, 2010-11

o   Board member for the Technical Services Interest Group, Chair, 2011-13

Member of American Library Association

o   Presented at ALA annual conference in Anaheim for Collection HQ User’s Group, 2012

o   Presented as a panel member at ALA annual conference in Las Vegas, 2014 on Data Driven Collections

Former member of SLA and SLA’s division of Arts and Humanities while at the University of Kentucky

Chair of the SCLC (Southern California Library Cooperative) Audiovisual Interest Group, 2009-10

Attended Staff Innovation Fund (SIF) training in 2013; assisted with several of the approved grants

Panel member for Collection HQ webinar on weeding, April 2013

Featured in Library Journal for an ad campaign with Collection HQ, June 2013