Kevin Furniss



Kevin Furniss


Serials & Electronic Resources Catalog Librarian


(504) 247-1368




The Serials and Electronic Resources Cataloger is responsible for cataloging serials and
electronic resources; provides maintenance for bibliographic linkages to electronic resources; serves as resource person for serials and electronic resources.   Performs original and complex copy cataloging of serials and electronic resources in all formats and languages, using international cataloging standards.   Contributes records as part of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging, including CONSER.    Serves as the
Technical Services resource person for serials and electronic resources cataloging; resolves serials and electronic resources cataloging problems referred by other library staff; provides training for
cataloging of serials and electronic resources.   Cataloging is completed using OCLC Connexion, Ex Libris Voyager, LC's Cataloger's Desktop, and other electronic cataloging tools.   Participates in
policy-making processes relating to cataloging.

Degrees & Professional Certifications

M.L.I.S., Library and Information Studies (University of Alberta)

B.Ed., English, (University of  Alberta)

Professional Affiliations

North American Serials Interest Group
    Member, Conference Planning Committee (2010-2011)

American Library Association. 
    Association for Library Collections & Technical Services.
        Liaison, ASCLA, Accessibility Assembly (2002-    )
        Chair, Catalog Form and Function Committee (2000-2001)
        Chair, Catalog Management Discussion Group (2000-2001)
        ALCTS Liaison to ASCLA, ADA subcommittee (1999-2002)
        Member, Name Authorities Training Materials Task Force (2002-2005)
    New Members Round Table
        Liaison to ALCTS CC:DA (2001-2003)
        Reviewer, Résumé Review Service

Online Audiovisual Catalogers Inc.
    Co-chair, Local Arrangements Committee, 2008 OLAC-MOUG Conference, Cleveland, Ohio, September 25-28              

    Vice-President/President-Elect (June 2000-June 2001)
    President (June 2001-June 2002)
    Immediate Past-President (June 2002-June 2003)
    Chair, Local Arrangements Committee, 1998 OLAC Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina, November 4-7


Professional Activities


    Mugridge, R.L. & Furniss, K.A.  (2002).  Education for authority control: whose responsibility is it?  Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 34 (1-3).

    Hoerman, H.L. & Furniss, K.A. (2001).  Education for provision of library services to distance learners:  the role of the LIS schools.  Journal of Library Administration, 32 (1-2), 247-257.

    Hoerman, H.L. & Furniss, K.A. (2000).  Turning practice into principles: a comparison of the IFLA principles for subject heading languages (SHLs) and the principles underlying the Library of Congress subject headings system.  Cataloging & Classification Quarterly.  29 (1-2), 31-52.    

Furniss, K.A. & Kariel, D. (1998).   Library catalogs, the World Wide Web, and serving the off-campus user: boon or bust?   In P. Steven Thomas and Maryhelen Jones (Eds.), Eighth Off-Campus Library Services Conference Proceedings (pp. 155-158).  Mount Pleasant, MI: Central Michigan University.


Association of College and Research Libraries.  Conference (11th : 2003 : Charlotte, N.C.)

    On April 12, 2003, Rebecca Mugridge (Penn State University) and I facilitated a round table discussion entitled Authority control: Relevance in scholarly communication.

Canadian Library Association.  Conference (53rd : 1998 : Victoria, B.C.)

    On June 21, 1998 I served as facilitator for a round table discussion of authority control as part of a series of round table discussions hosted by the Technical Services Interest Group of CLA.



    "Describing reproductions: A series of decisions."  With Morag Boyd.  $1000.  2009 OLAC Research Grant.


Professional Interests

Current interests include cataloging reproductions and Hathi Trust records.

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