Special Collections Metadata Librarian

Libraries Data & Technology - Data Management and Access; 160 Wilson Library


Responsible for providing intellectual access to materials held in various units of the Archives and Special Collections Department.  Performs specialized and rare book cataloging using a variety of bibliographical descriptive standards including Resource Description Access (RDA) and the Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (DCRM) manuals; subject analysis using Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and Medical Subject Headings (MeSH); and assigns Library of Congress Classification (LCC) and National Library of Medicine (NLM) classification numbers.  Keen interest in book history, codicology, paleography, bibliographical description, bookbindings, provenance, and other disciplines informing cataloging practice.

Prior to her arrival at Minnesota in June 2014, Kalan held positions at the University of North Dakota at Chester Fritz Library and the Thormodsgard Law Library.


M.L.I.S. San Jose State University, specialization in information organization, description, analysis, and retrieval
B.A. University of North Dakota, General Studies, summa cum laude

Awards & Grants

2019 American Library Association Emerging Leader, sponsored by the Minnesota Library Association
2013 NDLA Canoe Kudos
2011 NDLA Judge’s Choice Award
2009 Outstanding Support Staff Award, Chester Fritz Library

Service to Professional Organizations

2018- Member, OCLC Connexion Record Manager Advisory Group
2017- Member, RBMS Bibliographic Standards Committee
2017- Member, RBMS Publications and Communications Committee
2017 Co-Chair, ALCTS Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records Interest Group

Selected Presentations & Publications

Adamich, T., Davis, K., & Siekel, M. (2017). Connections and configurations: a history of the ALCTS FRBR Interest Group 2017 Annual Program. Technical Services Quarterly.

Davis, K. (2018). Linked Data Forum Summary. ALCTS News.

Davis, K. (2018). RDA Toolkit Redesign Update & Preview. ALCTS News.

Davis, K., Gemberling, T., Sprochi, M. Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records Interest Group presentation at ALA Annual 2017, Chicago, Illinois.  June 25, 2017.

Davis, K., Hatinen, A., Turner, J. Living Banned Books. Minnesota Library Association 2012 Annual Conference.

Davis, K., Kujawa, C. Living Banned Books. North Dakota Library Association 2011 Annual Conference.

Davis, K. Mapping Immigrant Churches Across America poster presentation at the ALA Annual Conference in the SJSU ISchool Community Impact Showcase, New Orleans, Louisiana.  June 23, 2018.

Kalan Knudson Davis