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Collections Management

What We Do

Ever wonder how that book, journal, or electronic resource became part of the Bowdoin College Library?  Collections Management is the group of people responsible for acquiring, describing, and, when necessary, repairing materials so they can be useful. We also maintain the library catalog so researchers can find what they need quickly and reliably. Every month, hundreds of new print resources and thousands of electronic resources pass through our department before they find their way into researchers’ hands.


Karen Anctil, Head of Acquisitions 
Karen oversees the acquisition of new materials, including periodicals, government documents, and other print materials, and manages the entire life cycle of the library’s collection of electronic resources.

Alexander Elliott, Collections Management Assistant
Alexander m anages the receipt and physical processing of all library material types, including monographs and serials and government documents, and maintains the print journal collection.

Shawn Gerwig, Conservation Technician
Shawn performs and manages preservation services for the collection, including doing basic repairs and custom boxing.

Mary Macul, Head of Cataloging 
Mary manages the cataloging workflow, makes policy decisions about descriptive levels, and catalogs items in all formats and most languages.

Tim Morton, Associate Librarian for Collections 
Tim provides overall administration for the library’s collections program, including supervising the staff and work of Collections Management and coordinating the collection responsibilities of our team of Research Librarians who work directly with faculty to support their teaching and scholarship.

Donna Van Dyck, Acquisitions Specialist 
Donna responds to purchase requests from faculty and other researchers. Orders and processes print monographs.

Ryan Wheeler, Cataloging and Metadata Librarian
Ryan catalogs materials in all formats and languages, with a particular emphasis on rare books, audio-video materials, government documents, and serials.

Kate Wing, Course Materials and Library Collections Specialist
Kate oversees textbook adoptions for faculty and supports a variety of projects related to library collections.