Because of the program’s success, Straus was awarded a unique collection from the American Arbitration Association in 2007. The AAA collection consists of more than 24,000 titles on subjects ranging from international arbitration to consumer disputes, and health law to the history and growth of public and private dispute resolution practices in the U.S. and abroad. This was my first assignment in my new role at the law library. The collection was boxed up from floor to ceiling. I was placed in a corner of Technical Services, with a computer on a 6-foot folding table. My only complaint was that I was forced to view the Pacific Ocean all day long.
But that’s the thing with catalogers—we are creative when it comes to thinking inside the boxes. We take massive amounts of resources and information and create order and organization, so that others can navigate it all quickly and efficiently. Today, 80 percent of the American Arbitration Association collection has been processed and is on the shelves.
My second big project also came by way of an unexpected special delivery. In 2009, I walked into work to learn that the reference librarians were being moved into new offices upstairs. What did that have to do with me?
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