Coburn

Interviewee

Coburn Johnson

Interviewer

Robert Applegate

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Description

Coburn Johnson recalls pursuing a master’s in library science at the University of Denver, where she discovered her affinity for cataloging. Johnson describes her work as a catalog librarian at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library at the University of Montana. She points out that due to the library’s size she could function as a “generalist” and catalog items on a variety of topics rather than specializing in one particular subject area. Johnson discusses the role of catalogers in making information accessible, noting that this work is often underappreciated. She describes her decision to quit her job after she married and had children, later returning to fill a temporary position in 1984. She mentions being the first Equal Employment Opportunity [EEO] hire at the University of Montana in the early 1990s. Johnson discusses the national cataloger organizations in which she participated, and the need for skilled catalogers with the advent of the Internet.

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Document Type

Oral History

Subjects

Women in Montana; Maureen and Mansfield Library, University of Montana; Library science; Cataloging; Librarians, University of Montana; Equal Employment Opportunity [EEO]; Catalog librarian; Johnson, Coburn

Original Date

1997

Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Montana

Language

eng

Original Collection

University of Montana History Oral History Collection, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library

Rights

Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 381-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (23 p.: 28 cm.)]

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:55:53 minutes

Local Filename

OH_381_001.mp3; OH_381_001.pdf

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