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Open Education Leadership Program 2019-2020

Bobby Bothmann

Open Education Leadership Fellow


Bobby Bothmann is professor and metadata & emerging technologies librarian in Library Services at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Bobby catalogs books and electronic resources, wrangles large files of MARC records, investigates new technologies, and attends many meetings. He is a member of the editorial board for Cataloging & Classification Quarterly and an active member of OLAC (OnLine Audiovisual Catalogers) where he has served in various leadership roles including treasurer and president. Bobby is a past chair of the Cataloging and Metadata Management Section (CaMMS) of the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) and of the CaMMS Competencies and Education for a Career in Cataloging Interest Group, and a past delegate on the Cataloguing Section Committee of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutes (IFLA), where he contributed to the recent revision of the International Cataloguing Principles. Currently, Bobby serves on the ALA International Relations Committee. He holds an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and an MS in Geography and English Technical Communication from MSU Mankato. Bobby is the recipient of the 2007 Esther J. Piercy Award from ALCTS, the 2009 Graduate of the Last Decade Award from UW Milwaukee, and the 2012 Nancy B. Olson Award from OLAC. Bobby moonlights as an adjunct instructor for the School of Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he teaches cataloging and classification courses and tries to convert one student per semester to the cataloging side of the Force. Bobby is owned by three dogs and is a frequent host of his dogs’ many dog friends.

Bobby’s capstone project will focus on the development of best practices for metadata to support discovery of OER. The project will support the work of the SPARC OER Discovery Group, identify key information needs of stakeholders, and result in a white paper or report that lays out some of the ground work for next steps toward implementing embeddable metadata in OER digital objects. 

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