02/U0311 Guide to the Gerry Smith Collection Smith, Gerry Finding Aid Authors: Melinda Guay Pleasant.

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2014-06-03
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Guide to the Gerry Smith Collection 1968/1995 University of North Texas Special Collections Overview of the Collection Gerry Smith Collection 1968-1995 02/U0311 Smith, Geraldine "Gerry" English, 1934-2007 8.00 English University of North Texas Special Collections
University of North Texas, Willis Library 1155 Union Circle # 305190 Denton, TX, URL: https://library.unt.edu/special-collections/
The collection documents the career of University of North Texas Database & Catalog Librarian Gerry Smith from her initial hiring in 1968 to her retirement in 1995.
Biographical Information:

Geraldine English (January 26, 1934 - April 10, 2007) attended Texas Woman's University where she majored in Library Science with minors in Economics and Sociology. She graduated in 1967 with Bachelors of Arts and Bachelors of Science degrees and continued her studies at TWU by earning a Masters of Library Science degree in 1968.

Smith was hired by the North Texas State University Library in June of 1968 as an Assistant Cataloger. In 1971, she was promoted to Catalog Maintenance Librarian and worked in that capacity until 1975 when her official title became Catalog Librarian. In 1988, during the midst of computer automation in the UNT Libraries and also around the time that NTSU officially became the University of North Texas, her title once again changed to Catalog & Database Management Librarian. She held that position until her retirement in November 1995.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Corporate Name: Amigos Library Services University of North Texas University of North Texas. Libraries VTLS, Inc. Genre/Form of Material: Correspondence Memorandums Newsletters Photographs Occupation: Librarians Personal Name: Smith, Geraldine "Gerry" English, 1937-2007 Topical Term: Libraries--Texas
Administrative Information Conditions Governing Use:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is not restricted.

Preferred Citation:

Gerry Smith Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use.

Arrangement of Materials:

This collection contains three series arranged in chronological order by decade.

Scope and Contents

The Gerry Smith Collection is comprised of 8 boxes of institutional and library-related documents detailing the career of University of North Texas (UNT) Librarian, Geraldine English Smith. The collection chronicles her career with items including professional awards and recognition, personal notes and memos, professional correspondences, and numerous notes and agendas from professional conferences and committee meetings. Other notable items in this collection are Bibliographic Control Department Procedures, Library Policy Memos, and photographs.

Significant achievements of Smith's career include being an integral part of the conversion of the UNT Libraries from a manual card catalog to an online system in the mid-1980s, supervising both fulltime employees and student workers as a unit supervisor in the Automated Services Division of the Bibliographic Control Department of the UNT Libraries, and serving on several university and library committees including the University Parking Committee, the University of North Texas League for Professional Women, and the Library Assembly Committee. In 1990, she served as the Faculty Liaison Librarian for the Journalism Department at UNT.

Smith attended numerous professional conferences every year including VTLS, TLA, ALA, and AMIGOS. She also regularly presented training seminars for library staff and authored several in-house publications to accompany them. Professionally, she was a member of the American Library Association, the Texas Library Association, and the VTLS Users Group.

Detailed List of Contents id117490 1968 - 1970s id81246 1 623512 id117496 1 1 Advanced Supervision 1978 id117502 1 2 AMIGOS 1975-1976 id117503 1 3 AMIGOS 1976-1979 id117597 1 4 Biographical Data 1969 id117598 1 5 Card Reproduction & Processing Manual undated id117599 1 6 Cataloging Information 1975-1979 id117600 1 7 Conference Notes & Agendas 1979 id117601 1 8 Critical Issues Training 1978 id117602 1 9 Faculty Senate Minutes 1979 id117603 1 10 Library of Congress - Reports & Bulletins 1978-1979 id117604 1 11 Library Policy Memos 1973-1978 id117605 1 12 Meetings & Personal Notes 1978-1979 id117606 1 13 Memos & Announcements 1971 id117607 1 14 Professional Items 1979 id117608 1 15 Monthly Statistics 1975-1979 id117609 1 16 Newsletters 1976-1979 id117610 1 17 NTSU Books - New Acquisitions 1979 id117611 1 18 NTSU Fiscal Regulations 1968-1969 id117612 1 19 OCLC Newsletters 1975-1979 id117613 1 20 OCLC Technical Bulletins 1979 id117614 1 21 Professional Correspondence 1970 id117615 1 22 Professional Development Articles & Information 1977-1978 id117616 1 23 Professional Organizations 1969 and undated id117617 1 24 Professional Reports & Summaries 1969-1978 id117618 1 25 Reference Desk undated id117619 1 26 Service Leadership (Manual) undated id117620 1 27 Supervisory Information undated id117621 1 28 Uniform Titles 1973 id117491 1980s id81247 2 623511 id117501 2 1 AACR2 Revised 1989 id117622 2 2 AACR2 Training 1980 id117623 2 3 ALA Handbook of Organization 1980-1981 id117624 2 4 AMIGOS Conference Notes & Agendas - Fall 1989 id117625 2 5 AMIGOS Preservation Service Scope and Contents

Includes a 5.25 Computer Disk

id117626 2 6 Cataloging Handbook 1983 id117627 2 7 Cataloging Information n.d.-1984 id117628 2 8 Cataloging Information 1985-1988 id117629 2 9 Cataloging Information 1988-1989 id117630 2 10 Conference Notes & Agendas 1982-1989 id117631 2 11 Faculty Senate Minutes 1982-1989 id117632 2 12 General Library Information 1981-1990 id117633 2 13 Library Instruction Committee 1987-1990 id117634 2 14 Library of Congress - Reports & Bulletins 1982-1987 id117635 2 15 Library Planning - Goals & Objectives 1982-1983 id117636 2 16 Library Planning - Goals & Objectives 1984-1985 id117637 2 17 Library Policy Memos 1980-1989 id117638 2 18 Meetings & Personal Notes 1980-1987 id117639 2 19 Meetings & Personal Notes 1987-1988 id117640 2 20 Meetings & Personal Notes 1988-1989 id117641 2 21 Memos & Annoucements 1982-1989 id117642 2 22 Professional Items 1981-1988
id81248 3 623510 id117643 3 1 Monthly Statistics - 1980-1983 id117648 3 2 Monthly Statistics - 1984-1985 id117649 3 3 Monthly Statistics - 1986 id117650 3 4 Monthly Statistics - 1987 id117651 3 5 Monthly Statistics - 1988-1989 Scope and Contents

Contains Monthly Statistic Blank Forms

id117652 3 6 Newsletters 1981-1989 id117653 3 7 NTSU Books - New Acquisitions 1982 id117654 3 8 OCLC Newsletters 1980-1986 id117655 3 9 OCLC Technical Bulletins 1986-1988 id117656 3 10 Performance Agreements & Evaluations 1981-1985 id117657 3 11 Performance Agreements & Evaluations 1986-1989 id117658 3 12 Professional Awards & Honors 1971-1989 id117659 3 13 Professional Correspondence 1982-1989 id117660 3 14 Professional Development Articles & Information 1981-1989 id117661 3 15 Professional Organizations 1987-1989 id117662 3 16 Professional Reports & Summaries 1981-1989 id117663 3 17 Rank & Status of Librarians 1981-1984 id117664 3 18 Rank & Status of Librarians 1984-1989 id117665 3 19 Staff Development n.d. id117666 3 20 Supervisor's Manual 1984 id117667 3 21 Uniform Vitas & Biographical Data 1986-1989 id117668 3 22 University Parking Committee 1984-1987 id117669 3 23 University Parking Committee 1988-1990 id117670 3 24 UNT Libraries - Bibliographic Control Department Procedures (1 of 3) Scope and Contents

Procedures #1-17

id117671 3 25 UNT Libraries - Bibliographic Control Department Procedures (2 of 3) Scope and Contents

Procedures #20-35

id117672 3 26 UNT Libraries - Bibliographic Control Department Procedures (3 of 3) Scope and Contents

Procedures #38-56

id81249 4 623516 id117644 4 1 UNT Libraries - Bibliographic Control Department Procedures Manual 1987-1990 id117673 4 2 UNT Libraries - Charter & Governance 1983-1988 Scope and Contents

Employee Handbook - 1983

id117674 4 3 UNT Libraries - Charter & Governance 1989-1990 id117675 4 4 Virginia Tech Library System Training Session 1983 id117676 4 5 VTLS - General Information 1984-1988 id117677 4 6 VTLS - General Information 1988-1989 id117678 4 7 Word Perfect Training Session 1989
id117492 1990s id81250 5 623515 id117505 5 1 Acquisitions id117679 5 2 AMIGOS Conference Notes & Agendas - Spring 1990 id117680 5 3 AMIGOS Conference Notes & Agendas - Fall 1990 id117681 5 4 AMIGOS Conference Notes & Agendas - Spring 1991 id117682 5 5 AMIGOS Conference Notes & Agendas - Fall 1991 id117683 5 6 AMIGOS Conference Notes & Agendas - Fall 1992 id117684 5 7 AMIGOS Conference Notes & Agendas - Spring 1993 id117685 5 8 AMIGOS Conference Notes & Agendas - Fall 1993 id117686 5 9 AMIGOS Conference Notes & Agendas - Spring 1994 id117687 5 10 Cataloging Information undated id117688 5 11 Cataloging Information 1990-1991 id117689 5 12 Cataloging Information 1992-1993 id117690 5 13 Cataloging Information 1993-1994 id117691 5 14 Conference Notes & Agendas 1990-1991 id117692 5 15 Conference Notes & Agendas 1991-1994 id117693 5 16 Faculty Handbook 1992-1993 id117694 5 17 Faculty Senate Minutes 1993 id117695 5 18 General Library Information n.d.-1993 id117696 5 19 LC Subject Headings & Subject Authority Standards 1992-1993 id117697 5 20 Librarian's Activities & Self-Evaluation Reports 1989-1993 id117698 5 21 Library Assembly 1989-1991 id117699 5 22 Library Planning - Goals & Objectives 1994 and undated id81251 6 623513 id117645 6 1 Meetings & Personal Notes 1990 and undated id117700 6 2 Meetings & Personal Notes 1991-1992 id117701 6 3 Meetings & Personal Notes 1993-1994 id117702 6 4 Memos & Announcements 1990-1993 id117703 6 5 Personal Items Scope and Contents

Contains 3 pictures of Gerry Smith; one with former bindery employee Bill McCollum and his wife, Joyce, who worked in the payroll department.

id117704 6 6 Professional Items 1990-1993 id117705 6 7 Monthly Statistics - 1989-1992 id117706 6 8 Monthly Statistics - 1993 (1 of 2) id117707 6 9 Monthly Statistics - 1993 (2 of 2) id117708 6 10 Monthly Statistics - 1994 id117709 6 11 Newsletters 1990-1991 id117710 6 12 Newsletters 1992-1993 id117711 6 13 Newsletters 1993-1994 id117712 6 14 OCLC Newsletters 1990 id117713 6 15 OCLC Newsletters 1991-1992 id117714 6 16 OCLC Newsletters 1993-1995
id81252 7 623514 id117646 7 1 Performance Agreements & Evaluations 1990-1991 id117715 7 2 Performance Agreements & Evaluations 1992-1993 id117716 7 3 Professional Correspondence 1990-1993 id117717 7 4 Professional Development Articles & Information 1990-1994 id117718 7 5 Professional Organizations 1989-1994 id117719 7 6 Professional Reports & Summaries 1991-1994 id117720 7 7 Staff Fitness Reports 1990-1994 id117721 7 8 Uniform Vitas & Biographical Data 1989-1994 id117722 7 9 Union Board of Directors Meetings April-August 1993 id117723 7 10 Union Board of Directors Meetings September-December 1993 id117724 7 11 Union Board of Directors Meetings January-April 1994 id117725 7 12 Union Board of Directors Meetings May-July 1994 id117726 7 13 University Program Council 1991 id117727 7 14 University Union - General Information 1993-1994 id117728 7 15 UNT Libraries - Bibliographic Control Department Procedures (1 of 4) undated id117729 7 16 UNT Libraries - Bibliographic Control Department Procedures (2 of 4) undated id117730 7 17 UNT Libraries - Bibliographic Control Department Procedures (3 of 4) undated Scope and Contents

Procedures #1-14

id117731 7 18 UNT Libraries - Bibliographic Control Department Procedures (4 of 4) undated Scope and Contents

Procedures #17-55

id117732 7 19 UNT Libraries - Charter & Governance 1992
id81253 8 623517 id117647 8 1 VTLS - General Information 1992 and undated id117733 8 2 VTLS - General Information 1992-1993 id117734 8 3 VTLS - General Information 1993-1994 id117735 8 4 VTLS - Series Authority 1992-1993 id117736 8 5 VTLS - Workshop Series (1 of 3) 1990 Scope and Contents

Acquisitions (Manual) and Bibliographic & Authority Record Management (Manual)

id117737 8 6 VTLS - Workshop Series (2 of 3) 1990 Scope and Contents

Circulation Control (Manual) and The OPAC (Manual)

id117738 8 7 VTLS - Workshop Series (3 of 3) 1990 Scope and Contents

Serials Control (Manual) and Systems Management (Manual)