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As Associate Dean for Technical Services, Mechael Charbonneau is responsible for the overall administration and coordination of library operations pertaining to all aspects of technical services, including acquisitions, receiving, e-resources management, cataloging, preservation and metadata creation. She oversees approximately 70 library staff engaged in acquiring and making accessible research resources in multiple formats, languages and disciplines. She provides leadership in the implementation of continually evolving technologies and in the development of efficient workflow design.
Mechael received both her Master of Library Science and Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Indiana University. She began her career at the IU Libraries as Head of Serials Cataloging, later earning appointments as Head of the Cataloging Division and Director of Technical Services. She has held her current title as Associate Dean for Technical Services since 2010.
During the course of her more than 30 years with the IU Libraries, she has held leadership positions in ALA’s Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) and the CIC’s Library Directors of Technical Services. Her leadership expands beyond the national arena, as evidenced by her past role as chair of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging, an international effort aimed at setting standards and expanding access to library collections in partnership with the Library of Congress and cataloging experts around the globe. Her presentations and publications have been influential in the cataloging field, addressing such areas as cooperative cataloging, production benchmarks, and the economics of bibliographic data.