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Joelen Pastva



 Joelen Pastva
 Head, Collection Management and Metadata Services
 Phone: 312.503.6020


As the department head for Collection Management and Metadata Services, I oversee activities at Galter related to collection acquisitions and management, cataloging, and resource discovery. Our department actively contributes to and maintains the library's catalog of print, physical, and electronic resources, the library's search tools and discovery strategy, and other collections initiatives through the library's repository, DigitalHub, and finding aids for special collections materials. Because of my background in library metadata, I also assist with complex cataloging, record maintenance, and providing access to the library's resources. I monitor the metadata standards environment to ensure the library's practices are in line with nationally and internationally established best practices. I also contribute to the ongoing development and enhancement of the library's website. I am interested in enhancing the discoverability of open access scholarship, developing new methods for collections assessment and outreach, and improving research experiences through linked data implementations and other metadata initiatives.

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Publications and Presentations

  • Pastva, Joelen, Bart Davis, Karen Gutzman, Stacy Konkiel, Ramune Kubilius, and Aaron Sorenson. "Compelling evidence: new tools and methods for aligning collections with the research mission." NASIG 34th Annual Conference. Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA. 15 June 2019. Conference presentation.
  • Pastva, Joelen, and Tony Olson. "Current trends and opportunities in health sciences library metadata." Against the Grain, vol. 30, no. 4, Sept. 2018, pp. 16-17, doi: 10.18131/g3-nkrb-en26
  • Pastva, Joelen. "Analysis of user-supplied metadata in a health sciences institutional repository." Open Metadata for Open Knowledge: International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications. Dublin Core Metadata Initiative. Porto, Portugal. 10 Sept. 2018. Poster presentation, doi: 10.18131/g3-7k8p-gg29.
  • Pastva, Joelen. "Beyond the index: research and discovery services in a health sciences library." Discovery: Where Researchers Start. NISO. 8 Aug. 2018. Webinar.
  • Pastva, Joelen, Jonathan Shank, Karen Gutzman, Madhuri Kaul, and Ramune Kubilius. "Capturing and analyzing publication, citation, and usage data for contextual collection development." The Serials Librarian, doi: 10.1080/0361526X.2018.1427996.
  • Ilik, Violeta, Piotr Hebal, Anton Olson, Susan Wishnetsky, Joelen Pastva, Ramune Kubilius, Jonathan Shank, Karen Gutzman, Margarita Chung, and Kristi Holmes. "DigitalHub: a repository focused on the future." Medical Reference Services Quarterly, vol. 37, no. 1, 2018, pp. 31-42, doi: 10.1080/02763869.2018.1404386.
  • Konkel, Mary, and Joelen Pastva. "Technical Services Committee." 2017 CARLI Annual Meeting. I Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign, IL. 17 Nov. 2017. Conference presentation.
  • Pastva, Joelen, Jonathan Shank, Ramune Kubilius, Karen Gutzman, and Madhuri Kaul. "Capturing and analyzing publication, citation, and usage data for contextual collection development." NASIG 32nd Annual Conference. Westin Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN. 9 June 2017. Conference presentation.
  • Pastva, Joelen. "Simplified cataloging for non-catalogers through FAST." Using FAST for Faster Workflows and Discovery. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services. 28 Sept. 2016. Webinar.
  • Pastva, Joelen. “Introduction to OpenRefine.” CARLI Technical Services Spring Forum. Heartland Community College, Normal, IL. 21 April 2016. Conference presentation.
  • Pastva, Joelen. “Simplified cataloging for non-catalogers through FAST.” ALA Midwinter Meeting. Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, MA. 9 Jan. 2016. Conference presentation.
  • Pastva, Joelen, Gwen Gregory, and Violet Fox. “Keep calm and carry on: the new technical services.” Creating the 21-st Century Academic Library. Ed. Brad Eden. Vol. 6. Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, Nov. 2015. Print.
  • Pastva, Joelen and Valerie Harris. “PunkCore: Developing an Application Profile for the Culture of Punk.” Metadata Intersections: Bridging the Archipelago of Cultural Memory: International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications. Dublin Core Metadata Initiative. Austin, Texas. 10 Oct. 2014. Poster presentation.
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Other Professional Activities

ACLTS Standards Committee

  • Intern, 2014-2015 
  • Member 2015 - present

CARLI Technical Services Committee: 2015 - 2018

  • Co-chair, 2016/2017

ILA Best Practices Committee: 2016 - 2018


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Updated: June 2, 2016