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Assistance with pro-life research library

Assistance needed in working with a pro-life research library.  Responses from our members who have Library Science credentials are especially welcome.  This message was posted on the UFL group on LinkedIn and sent to the listserv as well.

The collection of the research library in question has a variety of materials: over 10,000 monographs (estimate), several shelves of paper copies of serials, audio and VHS tapes, and correspondence from pro-life activists. Unfortunately, the material is not on any online cataloging system.  Specific questions are:

1. Is there a bibliographic services software package that enables easy cataloging of such a collection?

2. Would adding holdings in WorldCat be just as good, presuming that the research institution registers its library with WorldCat?

3. Does any UFL member have experience with cataloging correspondence and other material?

4. Are there other questions which should be addressed for such a collection to become available to scholars?

For privacy’s sake for the institution involved, please do not post replies on the UFL group on LinkedIn. Instead, please email me directly at DrJeffKoloze@att.net if you have any input.  Responses will be collated and a course of action suggested for the research library.

Dr. Jeff Koloze

Dr. Jeff Koloze (English, Kent State University) is president and founder of Koloze Consultants, whose objective is "...to conduct research on the life issues for presentation and publication." Before his retirement under STRS (Ohio) in 2014, Dr. Koloze was Associate Professor of English at the Cleveland, Ohio Campus of South University. His most recent administrative position was Campus College Chair for the College of Humanities, the College of Natural Sciences, and the College of Social Sciences from 2005-2011 at the Columbus, Ohio Campus of the University of Phoenix; in 2009 he was appointed one of twelve senior research fellows for that institution. Dr. Koloze has taught communications, undergraduate and graduate English, and humanities courses since 1989 at several colleges and universities in the Cleveland, Columbus, and Springfield, Ohio metropolitan areas. His primary research interest is the presentation of the right-to-life issues of abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia in literature; most of his publications are available in conference proceedings and on the web. He has presented over eighty papers before academic and professional organizations on these topics, most recently at conferences at the American University of Rome (2015), Fordham University (2014), Harvard University (2010 and 2012), Ryerson University (Toronto, 2009), the University of Notre Dame (2011), and the University of San Francisco (2013). He is the author of An Ethical Analysis of the Portrayal of Abortion in American Fiction: Dreiser, Hemingway, Faulkner, Dos Passos, Brautigan, and Irving (Edwin Mellen, 2005) and Testament to a Niagara Obsession (Spare Change Press; Ten Leaves Poetry Series, 2014). Dr. Koloze invites colleagues and students to join him on Facebook, Gab, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter, and other social networking services. He can be emailed at DrJeffKoloze@att.net.