Rare book cataloger Ann Vidor will retire from the Emory Libraries on June 16, 2015.
Her retirement marks the close of 26 years of service to the Emory community. She began her Emory career in 1989 as the head of the Catalog Department, and has been a leader in cataloging and authorities ever since. In 1996, she added the responsibility of being a selector/liaison for French literature and later added Italian. In 2010, she assumed the responsibility of the monographic acquisitions work, ending her years in the Content Division as Team Leader, Acquisitions and Bibliographic Management.
In 2011, she transferred to a part-time position in MARBL, where she has provided critical support in cataloging our rare print holdings, especially since the departure of our rare book librarian. Ann has been a rare book cataloger here for the past four years, improving workflows and introducing operational efficiencies as she works through our cataloging backlog.
Ann departs as we embark on another ILS (integrated library system) change. When she started working at Emory, we were still filing cards in the card catalog and were in the middle of a retrospective conversion project in preparation for our first online catalog, DOBIS. She was involved in all of the preparations, planning, and database clean-up for EUCLID and Aleph, and she happily leaves Alma to the rest of us. Though she was deeply involved in these system changes, her most memorable experiences were the many weeding and storage projects in which she participated.
Ann’s contributions to librarianship run much deeper than her achievements at Emory. She is an engaged professional and has been actively involved in the American Library Association, serving on numerous committees as well as being chair of the ALCTS Serials Section. She also had several roles in the North American Serials Interest Group, including being treasurer for two terms. As a member of the Georgia Library Association, she served on several committees and was a member of the editorial board for over 10 years.
Ann’s dedication, focus and expertise will be sorely missed, but we wish her well in her retirement.