Patrick Flanigan

Position: Lead Cataloging Specialist
Phone:(619) 594-8775
Department Affiliation: Content Organization and Management
Foreign Language: Spanish [write, speak, read, understand, basics]
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-8050
Mail Code: MC-8050
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About Patrick

Patrick Flanigan is the Lead Cataloging Specialist at the SDSU Library where he catalogs materials in both print and digital formats.  His focus is on improving the discovery of library resources and collections.  Patrick is an alumnus of SDSU and has spent the last 30 years combining his passion for music with his enjoyment of working in libraries.  As a student working at the SDSU Library he was in many bands and frequently recorded his musical efforts both in professional and home studios.  After graduation from SDSU he worked as a cataloger at National University by day and pursued his music career by night, eventually leaving the library world to work in the booming internet industry.  Years later with the emergence of digital resources and technology, he received a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Missouri with a focus on digital resources.  He continues to record music today for his project Punk Rock Drum Machine, using an 8 track digital recorder with analog controls and mastering the WAV files using Audacity.  Patrick uses his expertise in Audacity and sound recording to support the Digital Humanites Center and the NHC Regional Podcast Institutes.  He supports Arsenal Football Club.

Professional History

Lead Cataloging Specialist
San Diego State University Library, 2016-
Information and Technical Services Librarian
Gemological Institute of America Library, 2011-2016
I-Net Admin Specialist
University of Missouri - St. Louis, 2006-2011
Database Analyst Technician
Cox Communications, 2001-2005
Technical Support Supervisor, 1999-2001
Catalog Technician
National University Library, 1991-1999
Student Supervisor
San Diego State University Library, 1986-1991


Masters of Library and Information Science
University of Missouri, 2010
BA, Liberal Arts & Sciences Psychology
San Diego State University, 1991

Selected Publications & Presentations

Flanigan, P. (2021). Using Basecamp Project Management Software to Improve Communication and Efficiency. In Kimberley A. Edwards and Tricia Mackenzie (Ed.), Telling the technical services story : communicating value (1st., pp. 21-33). Chicago, IL: ALA Editions.

Flanigan, P. (2019, June). Nailing the Landing: Shelf Readers Working as a Team. Poster session presented at the meeting of the American Library Association, Washington, D.C..

Flanigan, P. (2019, August). “Analytics for Quality Control” ULMS Summer Meeting, August 2019. Presentation at the meeting of the CSU ULMS Summer Meeting, Cal State Northridge, Northridge, CA.

Flanigan, P. (2012, October). Rare Book Cataloging at GIA Library. Presentation at the meeting of the San Diego Regional Librarians, San Diego, CA.

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