Scott Piepenburg, MLIS

Scott Piepenburg ImageScott Piepenburg is currently the Cataloging Services Manager at Brodart and was most recently Head of Cataloging at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. His prior experience includes the position of Head of Cataloging at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia and Cataloging Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin—Stevens Point and District Cataloger/System Administrator for the Dallas Independent School District where he was instrumental in bringing up the initial DALLINK project, the first large-urban union catalog in the United States. His work experience includes work at Hampton University, a HBCU in Virginia as well as Vincennes University in Indiana. Not limited to only working in libraries, he has worked at such vendors as EBSCO, Infotrieve, and Follett Software, being one of the developers of the original Alliance+ product and the Unison software product which served as the basis for the current Destiny product.

Scott is the author of the popular Easy MARC series as well as articles on the future of library automation, the history of disc-based recording technology, and the role of cataloging AV materials for school and public libraries as well as a beginner’s guide on the digitization and preservation of non-print materials. He has lectured around the United States on the topics of cataloging in general and authority control in particular and considers himself an “authority control junkie.” He is currently working on a chapter book about the role of collaboration between cataloging and collection development and a novel on the role of a Constitutional Convention. His other library-related interests include net neutrality and the concept of soft data upgrades.