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.
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
University of Montana History Oral History Collection, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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Johnson, Coburn, "Coburn "Coby" Johnson Interview, circa 1997" (1997). University of Montana History Oral History Collection. 24.