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Mary S. Konkel

Professor / Head of Library Technical Services


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Mary Konkel
College of DuPage Library
425 Fawell Blvd. S2034A
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6599
(630) 942-2662 Office
(630) 942-4646 Fax

Statement on Technical Services

Cataloging is a public service! The activities accomplished in the Technical Services Department contribute to the delivery of information and support the teaching mission of the College. We acquire, catalog and process materials in all formats, including e-resources. We create and maintain the Library's online catalog, physically process materials for library circulation, maintain the periodical collection through holdings creation, and are available to assist in verifying bibliographic information and availability for materials in any format.

Specialty Areas

  • Acquisitions > print, nonprint, e-resources serials, gifts and donations
  • Cataloging of library materials in all formats, in particular electronic resources, serials, and anatomical models
  • Periodicals, including journals, newspapers, and microforms
  • Physical Processing of print and nonprint library materials
  • Teaching, including the basics of book, video, and electronic resources cataloging; the MARC format; Library of Congress classification and subject headings; OCLC searching; and technical services workflow and efficiencies


  • M.A. in Communication Studies, Governors State University, 1992
  • M.L.S., Library Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1981
  • B.A. in Spanish, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1979

Work Experience

  • July 2001 to present, Head of Technical Services, College of DuPage (IL)
  • November 1992-July 2001, Head of Cataloging, University of Akron (OH)
  • April 1987-October 1992, Head of Cataloging, Governors State University (IL)
  • April 1985-March 1987, Head of Monograph Cataloging, University of Cincinnati
  • January 1982-March 1985, Cataloger, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Professional Affiliations


  • American Library Association (ALA)
  • ALA Video Round Table (VRT)
  • Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS)
  • Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
  • ACRL Community and Junior College Libraries Section (CJCLS)
  • Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL)
  • Online Audiovisual Catalogers, Inc. (OLAC)

Library Leadership and Committees

  • OCLC Americas Regional Council (ARC) Executive Committee, 2018-2021
  • Outstanding Divisional Faculty--Counseling/Advising & Library, 2017-2018
  • CARLI Technical Services Committee, 2014-2018
  • Americas Regional Council (ARC) Delegate, OCLC Global Council, 2013-2021
  • Illinois State Library Future of Resource Sharing Committee (FORSC), 2012-2015
  • CARLI Electronic Resources Working Group, 2011-2013
  • CARLI Collections Working Group, 2007-2011
  • American Library Association Video Round Table, Treasurer 2004-2009
  • ACRL Media Resources Committee, Chair 1999-2001
  • OCLC Users Council, Delegate for Ohio 1997-2001
  • President, Academic Library Association of Ohio, 1998-1999
  • President, Online Audiovisual Cataloger, 1994-1995

College Committees

  • Bookstore Advisory Committee, 2013-2019
  • Faculty Senate, 2008-2011
  • Faculty Senate Elections Committee, Chair, 2008-2021

Publications & Presentations


  • Four Phases of Systems Migration. Technical Services Managers in Academic Libraries Interest Group (TSMALIG). American Library Association Conference, Chicago, IL (June 23, 2023)
  • Picking Perfect Partners: Collaborations Within and Outside Technical Services. Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) Interest Group, ALA Midwinter, Atlanta, GA, (January 21, 2017)


  • CARLI Libraries and the Pandemic: Changes We've Made and How We've Pivoted. Panel discussion via Zoom (September 22, 2022)
  • Assessing Your Print Subscriptions presented as a webcast for the CARLI Collections Working Group Webinar Series, recorded July 2011
  • Screaming Media: Shrieks for Success. CARLI Streaming Media Symposium, Champaign, IL (July 22, 2010)
  • Ebooks in the OPAC @ COD. CARLI E-Book Symposium, Champaign, IL (March 3, 2009)


  • Expecto Patronum: Creating Positive Forces for Transforming Technical Services Workflow presented at OCLC Good Practices for Great Outcomes: Cataloging Efficiencies That Make a Difference, DePaul University, Chicago (Sept. 27, 2011)


  • Hey You! You’re Either at the Table or On the Menu co-presented (w/ Debra Smith) at the Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Conference, Oak Brook, IL (March 16, 2012)


  • Collaboration, Communication and the Cataloger: Measuring the Impact of Enhanced Cataloging on Discoverability of Library Resources. Panel Discussion. Illinois Library Association Conference, Rosemont, Illinois (October 18, 2022)      
  • On the Road, in the Field: Response to the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control. Panel discussion with LC and OCLC. Illinois Library Association Conference, Chicago (September 26, 2008)
  • Respect my Authoritay! Illinois Library Association Conference, Chicago (September 26, 2008)


  • Tammie Busch, Debbie Campbell, Susan M. Howell, Mary S. Konkel, Dennis Krieb, Mingyan Li, Cathy Mayer, and Ross Taft, “Liaising the Catalog: Collaborating Across Library Departments to Promote Successful Discoverability through Enhanced Cataloging.” College & Research Libraries, 84, no. 2 (March 2023): 280-295,
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