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Rebecca Kemp Goldfinger

Librarian III
Head, Continuing Resources & Database Management
Collection Services
2200 McKeldin Library
7649 Library Lane
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
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Rebecca Goldfinger currently serves as the Head of Continuing Resources & Database Management at the University of Maryland University Libraries. Her department is responsible for continuing resource acquisitions, cataloging, integrated library system database management (which includes facilitating large-scale deselection and transfer projects) and e-resource access problem troubleshooting.  Since 2004, she has served as a continuing resources librarian specializing in e-resource management. She holds a master's degree from the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2004) and an AB degree from Princeton University (2002).

Rebecca is a member of the Association for Libraries Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Continuing Resources Section, which she chaired in 2013-2014, and for which she has most recently served on the Nominating Committee (2018-2019). She has also served as ALCTS E-Forum Co-Coordinator (2015-2017), and she is currently on the ALCTS Publications Committee (2018-2019). She is also a member of NASIG (formerly the North American Serials Interest Group), for which she has served on the Conference Planning Committee (2008-2009). She is also a former member of the planning committee for the North Carolina Serials Conference and a former member of the North Carolina Library Association Resources & Technical Services Section, which she chaired (2009-2011).

Rebecca's scholarship/creative work has focused on e-resource usage statistics, e-resource management systems, continuing resource cataloging, e-resource access problems, and discovery service usability.

Rebecca has presented at various local and national conferences on different aspects of e-resource management.

Selected Publications


Kemp, Rebecca. E-Resource Evaluation & Usage Statistics: Selectors' Choices. Saarbrücken: VDM Verlag Dr. Mueller, 2008.

Refereed Articles

Hemhauser, Mark and Goldfinger, Rebecca Kemp. “Looking for Trouble (Tickets): A Content Analysis of University of Maryland, College Park E-Resource Access Problem Reports.” Serials Review, 42, issue 2 (2016): 84-97.

Kemp, Rebecca. “MARC Record Services: A Comparative Study of Library Practices and Perceptions.” The Serials Librarian, 55, no. 3 (2008): 379-410.

Kemp, Rebecca. “Catalog/cataloging changes and Web 2.0 functionality: New directions for serials.” The Serials Librarian, 53, no. 4 (2008): 91-112.

Master’s Thesis

Kemp, Rebecca. “Selectors' Choices: Statistics for Evaluating E-Resources” (master’s paper, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science), 74, .

Additional Publication

Rebecca Kemp Goldfinger, “WorldCat UMD Usability Final Report” (project report). (2017), .

Selected Presentations

Invited Presentations

Karl Maria Fattig, Rebecca Kemp, Bob McQuillan, and Christine Stamison, “ERMS Integration Strategies: Opportunity, Challenge or Promise?” Panel presentation at the annual meeting of the North American Serials Interest Group, Marriott Renaissance Hotel, Asheville, NC, June 6, 2009.

Rebecca Kemp, “Technical Services 2.0: ‘Mashing up’ traditional and new services,” presentation at the Annual Symposium of the Greater New York Metropolitan Area Chapter of the Association of College & Research Libraries, Baruch College, New York, NY, November 30, 2007. Presentation slides available at

Cecilia Genereux, Rebecca Kemp, and Paul Moeller, “Doing less to do more: incorporating outsourced MARC records and brief bibs for serials discovery,” panel presentation for the ALCTS Serials Section Research Libraries Discussion Group at the annual meeting of the American Library Association, Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C., June 24, 2007.

Other Presentations

Rebecca Kemp Goldfinger and Mark Hemhauser, “Looking for Trouble (Tickets): Developing a Standard Vocabulary to Support Data-Driven Communication about E-Resource Access Problems,” presentation at the annual meeting of Electronic Resources and Libraries, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, April 3, 2017. Presentation slides available at .

Rebecca Kemp Goldfinger, Lizzie Gall, Lynnea Jacobson, Rachel Minkin, and Steve Shadle, “Let’s Play Family Feud: A Public Services/Technical Services Dialogue,” presentation at the annual meeting of the American Library Association, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL, June 26, 2016.

Rebecca Kemp, Leigh Ann DePope, and Mark Hemhauser, “Building a Foundation for Collection Management Decisions: Two Approaches,” presentation at the annual meeting of the North American Serials Interest Group, Hyatt Regency Buffalo Hotel, Buffalo, NY, June 8, 2013.

Rebecca Kemp, Rachel Radom, Adina Riggins, and Laura Wiegand, “Launching ‘Seahawk DOCKS,’ a Consortial Institutional Repository,” presentation at the conference of SAIL, a regional group of the International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers, University of North Carolina Wilmington Center for Marine Science, Wilmington, NC, May 11, 2009.

Rebecca Kemp and Kristin Martin, “Implementing ERMs: Opportunities and Challenges,” presentation at the 27th annual Charleston Conference, Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston, SC, November 9, 2007.