Senior Consulting Database Specialist
Home movies show a toddler Jay Weitz stamping his Little Golden Books like a circulation librarian. Although about two decades later, he ended up as a cataloger at Capital University in Bexley, Ohio, his mother-in-law believed until the day that she died that he stamped books for a living. He’s been at OCLC since 1982 and is currently a Senior Consulting Database Specialist in WorldCat Quality Management. He serves as the OCLC liaison to numerous organizations, including the Music OCLC Users Group (MOUG), Online Audiovisual Catalogers (OLAC), the Music Library Association's Cataloging and Metadata Committee, ALA's Map and Geospatial Information Round Table (MAGIRT) Cataloging and Classification Committee, ALA's Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (CC:DA), the MARC Advisory Committee (MAC), and the Program for Cooperative Cataloging's Standards Committee. He also sits on both the Cataloguing and Bibliography standing committees of IFLA and is Vice-Chair of its Permanent UNIMARC Committee. He is the author of Cataloger's Judgment, both editions of Music Coding and Tagging, and the cataloging Q&A columns of the MOUG Newsletter and the OLAC Newsletter. Since 1992, catalogers throughout North America and Japan have been subjected to dozens of his workshops. In his vivid fantasy life, he has been program annotator for concerts of Chamber Music Columbus since 1981 and has been a performing arts critic in Central Ohio public radio, print media, and on the Web for over three decades. He has a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania, an MLS from Rutgers University, and an MA in Education from Ohio State University.