Google-Cataloguing: Using Google App for Quick and Easy Cataloguing

Session Description

Are you a cataloguer who finds it challenging to describe and classify books in your library written in foreign languages? You probably have to battle with this challenge often such that you resort to hiring a subject specialist to help with all cataloguing tasks, especially when your library is running on a low budget? If that sounds like your case, then this session will expose you to one of the recent developments in cataloguing and classification of books written in other languages using a Google Application which is readily available and easy to use. There is need for cataloguing librarians to experience a new level of cataloguing using a Google application called ‘Google Translate’ (GT). This application makes for quick and easy cataloguing of books written in foreign languages. With GT, transcribing book titles and prefaces becomes an easy task.

Please join us in this session as Helen Okpala, an experienced Cataloguer, Webometrics and Solutions Architect at Nnamdi Azikiwe Library, University of Nigeria Nsukka, unleashes the practical experiences of their library in surmounting the challenge of cataloguing German Books during a general cataloguing task force. Challenges and success stories will be shared in the session.

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Helen Okpala

  • Helen Okpala, E-Serials Librarian, Nnamdi Azikiwe Library, University of Nigeria

    Helen Okpala is a Certified Librarian and a graduate of Botany/Library & Information Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She is a SAP– Certified Solutions Architect, Cataloguer and Digitization Specialist. She is a one-time ALCTS Online Course Grant Winner for the course ‘Collections Assessment’ and in 2015, a beneficiary of a Carnegie-funded Continuous Professional Development Programme hosted by University of Pretoria, South Africa. In 2006, she received a Niger State Governor’s Merit Award for developing a school library from scratch in Niger State, Nigeria. She is a member of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Network and recently facilitated a workshop on ‘Understanding Climate Change’ for LIS final year students of University of Nigeria which earned her a Green Champion certificate from the U.S Department of State. For additional information, please see:

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