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Cataloguing and Metadata Librarian


Cataloguing, Metadata, and Digitization




613-520-2600 x8151



Research interests

Resource Description and Access, metadata standards, gaming and academic libraries, library and information technology education and training.


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Cross, Emma & Tucci, Ryan. “The emerging technology collection at Carleton University Library: supporting experiential learning in the University curriculum.” Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research. (vol.12, no.1, 2017).

Accompanying material in RDA: discussion paper for RDA Steering Committee. Joint American Library Association, Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access / Canadian Committee on Cataloguing Working Group. (Emma Cross, Co-chair for Canadian Committee on Cataloguing Working Group). July 29, 2016.

Cross, Emma; Mould, David and Smith, Robert. "The protean challenge of game collections at academic libraries." New Review of Academic Librarianship. (Vol. 21, no. 2, 2015): 129-145.

Best practices for cataloging video games using RDA and MARC21. June 2015. Video Game RDA Best Practices Task Force, Cataloging Policy Committee, Online Audiovisual Cataloguers, Inc.

Cross, Emma; Andrews, Susan; Grover, Trina; Oliver, Chris and Riva, Pat. “In the company of my peers: implementation of RDA in Canada.” Cataloging and Classification Quarterly. (Vol. 52, issues 6-7, 2014): 747-774.  Special international issue on RDA around the world.

Cross, Emma. “Cataloguing with RDA: practical application”. Pan-Canadian Working Group on Cataloguing with RDA. (Posted: October 16, 2012). Peer reviewed materials used as part of a national RDA training program

Selected recent conference presentations

Emma Cross. Getting ready for the new RDA Toolkit: The 3R project. L’Association des bibliothécaires du Québec / Quebec Library Assocation. Friday March 23, 2018. Redpath Library, McGill University.

Emma Cross and Chris Oliver, University of Ottawa Library. RDA update: current issues and future trends. Ontario Library Association Super Conference. February 1, 2018.

Game Services in Ontario Academic Libraries: Current Issues and Hot Topics. Emma Cross, Michelle Goodridge, Wilfrid Laurier University, Matthew Rohweder, George Brown College. Ontario Library Association Super Conference. Wednesday Jan 31, 2018.

Shelley Gullikson and Emma Cross. User experience from a technical services point of view. Access 2017. Friday Sept. 29, 2017

Richard Anderson, Vaughan Public Library; Lesa Balch, Kitchener Public Library; Emma Cross, Carleton University. Virtual reality panel: stories from the field. Digital Odyssey (June 2017). OCAD University, Toronto, Ontario.

Emma Cross, Ryan Tucci and Jennifer Whitney. Setting up a technology lending library: experience from Carleton University. Ontario Association of Library Technicians / Association des bibliotechniciens de l’Ontario conference (May, 2017), Ottawa, Ontario.

Emma Cross. Cataloguing streaming media with RDA and MARC 21. Ontario Association of Library Technicians / Association des bibliotechniciens de l’Ontario conference (May, 2017), Ottawa, Ontario.

Emma Cross and Christine Oliver, University of Ottawa. "Top ten challenges when cataloguing with RDA." Ontario Library Association Super Conference. Wednesday January 27, 2016.

Emma Cross and Colin Harkness, Carleton University. "Board game palooza!" Ontario Library Association Super Conference. Thursday January 28, 2016.

Pam King, University of Toronto, Mississauga; Emma Cross and Robert Smith, Carleton University; Rhonda Moore, McMaster University. “Creative collaborations: development of game services at Ontario academic libraries” Ontario Library Association Super Conference, Friday January 30, 2015.

“Game zone”, Ontario Library Association Super Conference, Friday January 30, 2015. Emma Cross, Colin Harkness, Ryan Tucci, Scott Turner and Robert Smith, Carleton University. "Unconference” session to provide information about the value of board games in Library collections.

Emma Cross. Cataloguing audio-visual materials with RDA. Ontario Library Association Super Conference, Wednesday January 28, 2015

Pat Riva, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec; Emma Cross, Carleton University Library. L’implantation de RDA au Canada / RDA implementation in Canada. Congrès des milieux documentaires 2014, Montreal, Quebec. December 3, 2014.

Emma Cross. “RDA training and implementation in Canada: the experience of English and French cataloguing communities”. American Library Association International Relations Round Table Preconference. Las Vegas, NV. June 27, 2014

Sue Andrews, University of British Columbia Library; Emma Cross, Carleton University Library; Trina Grover, Ryerson University Library and Pat Riva, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec. “RDA implementation in Canada”. Canadian Library Association Conference 2014, Victoria, British Columbia, Thursday May 29, 2014.

Conference poster presentations

Emma Cross and Christopher Carr, Concordia University Library. Safety in numbers: building a Canadian network for cataloguing and metadata standards advocacy. Ontario Library Association Super Conference 2018, Toronto, Ontario. (January 31 to February 3, 2018).

Emma Cross. The future of information science education in Canada: issues and discussion. Canadian Association of Information Science conference. (May, 2017). Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2017, Toronto, Ontario.

Emma Cross and Helena Merriam. Bachelor of Information Technology – Information Resource Management: joint program with Carleton University and Algonquin College. Ontario Association of Library Technicians / Association des bibliotechniciens de l’Ontario conference (May, 2017), Ottawa, Ontario.

Emma Cross. The emerging technology collection at Carleton University Library: supporting experiential learning in the university curriculum. Presented at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference (February 2017), Toronto, Ontario. 

Emma Cross, Angela Hayward and Louise McGreal, Carleton University Library. "Value added proposition: the evolution of e-book cataloguers at Carleton University Library". Canadian Library Association conference. June 4, 2015. Accompanying handout.

Emma Cross and Helena Merriam, Co-coordinator, Library and Information Technician Program, Algonquin College. “Bachelor of Information Technology - Information Resources Management: a joint initiative between Carleton University and Algonquin College”. Canadian Library Association conference, Friday May 30, 2014.

Emma Cross and Robert Smith. “Level up! Designing a gaming lab at Carleton University Library.” Ontario Library Association Superconference. Friday January 31, 2014.

Emma Cross. “Getting ready for RDA: a modular approach to training Library staff” Ontario Library Association Superconference. Friday February 1, 2013.

Emma Cross and Robert Smith. “Power up! Building a games collection in an academic library: the experience of Carleton University Library.” Canadian Library Association Conference. June 2, 2012. Awarded “Best poster presentation 2012” by a panel of judges.

Emma Cross. "Carleton University Library: library technician internship pilot project.” Ontario Library Association Conference. February 3, 2012.

Emma Cross. “Graduate students and copyright: informing graduate students about copyright issues in relation to their thesis”. Canadian ETD and Open Repositories Workshop. May 10, 2010 at Carleton University.