February 1, 2020 – Richard Guinn has joined the Southern Maryland Regional Library Association, Inc. (SMRLA) as its information catalog librarian.

In his duties, Guinn supports the public libraries in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties through cataloging and classification of all library materials using online cataloging database software. He comes to SMRLA from the Texas Medical Center Library in Houston where he was a cataloging and metadata librarian. Over a library career spanning more than 20 years, Guinn was also head technical services librarian at University of Texas School of Public Health and a librarian at the Texas Medical Center Library. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Midwestern State University and a Master of Library Science degree from the University of North Texas.

“Richard’s experience in library management systems, cataloging and online databases is a great fit for the services we provide to Southern Maryland libraries and their patrons,” said SMRLA CEO Sharan Marshall.

Cataloging materials involves describing an item both physically—for example, how many pages a book has or how many minutes a DVD runs—as well as intellectually, by adding relevant subject headings, contents notes and summaries to a catalog record. “A great cataloger is the difference between a library customer finding a title he or she is interested in and that title never leaving the shelf in the library,” explains Susan Grant, SMRLA’s Head of Information and Access Services. “Richard will help library users in the region find the materials they are looking for and interested in.”
Guinn will also act as the cataloging and processing team lead for SMRLA. He is a member of the American Library Association, the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, and the Library & Information Technology Association.

Formed in 1959, SMRLA supports the three Southern Maryland library systems through efficient, coordinated services that county libraries cannot adequately provide themselves. SMRLA operates the tri-county circulation and online catalog system known as COSMOS (Collections of Southern Maryland’s On-Line System); provides access to downloadable books, ebooks, online research and information resources, and other free electronic services; runs the region’s interlibrary loan system for books and materials; and organizes in-service training for library staff.
For more information about the Southern Maryland Regional Library Association, visit smrla.org.