Introducing Abigail Connick, Special Collections Cataloging and Metadata Librarian

Abigail Connick recently joined the UCLA Library as Cataloging and Metadata Librarian in Library Special Collections (LSC). We asked Abigail a few questions about herself and her aspirations for this position.Abigail Connick in a black shirt with a blue background

What goals/hopes do you have for this year as our new Special Collections Cataloging and Metadata Librarian?
There have been so many changes in LSC over the past few years, from staffing changes to moving to a new catalog. My goal is to help us find our footing again and evolve LSC’s cataloging program.

How has your prior experience prepared you for this role at the UCLA Library?
In my most recent position at Smith College, I updated and refined the cataloging program for their Mortimer Rare Book Collection. I worked to consolidate and inventory the rare book collection, catalog a chunk of the backlog and accession a large acquisitions backlog. I plan on taking the skills I learned during these projects and applying them to LSC’s cataloging program.

What projects will you be tackling first?
It takes time to learn about local cataloging practices and workflows, so much of my time is currently spent reading up on that and conversing with my coworkers in LSC. I am focusing on information gathering before I delve too deeply into shaking things up!

What do you like to do outside of work?
I love winding down after work with a book or a TV show. I’m a voracious reader and joined a virtual book club during the pandemic. We read books about book-centric topics, which is both entertaining and educational. I also enjoy photography, quilting and traveling.

What is your preferred name, and what are your preferred pronouns?
I go by either Abigail or Abby. (For publication purposes, I prefer Abigail.) Preferred pronouns are she/her.

We are delighted to welcome Abigail to UCLA Library! You can contact her at aconnick@library.ucla.edu.