Quick and Clean Catalogers

Meet the People Involved

Linda LaPuma Bial

Project Manager

Linda taught both the beginning and advanced cataloging courses at the UIUC GSLIS for fifteen years, having previously worked as a cataloger for both academic and public libraries. Now retired, her work on the cataloging project has brought her full circle, back to the RBML where she did a one-year practicum when she was a GSLIS student herself.

Chloe Ottenhoff

Lead Cataloger

Chloe graduated from GSLIS in May 2011 and has a M.A. in art history. Chloe has been working at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library since August 2011. In addition to cataloging, Chloe designs publications for library exhibitions and events.

Rachel Lavenda

Project Cataloger

Rachel graduated from GSLIS in December 2012 and has been working at the RBML since August 2012. In addition to cataloging, Rachel designs literary themed cookies for library events.

Rosemary Trippe

Project Cataloger

Rosemary graduated from GSLIS in December 2011 and has been working at the RMBL since August 2011. She also has a Ph.D. in Art History; her dissertation was on images and text of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. With her knowledge of Italian language, history and culture, she has particularly enjoyed working with RBML’s incunables and the Cavagna Collection.

Dennis Sears

Public Programs Manager

Dennis keeps the website running, while also contributing to the general efforts to make all our collections more accessible.

Valerie Hotchkiss

Director, The Rare Book & Manuscript Library

The Principal Investigator for this grant/project and Head of The Rare Book & Manuscript Library who cracks the whip and finds the funding to keep our Quick & Clean Rare Book Cataloging Project going. She also enjoys looking over the catalogers' shoulders to admire the wonderful books they are describing.