As Principal Cataloger at the Duke University Libraries, I provide leadership and cohesion in the continual design, implementation, and training on the application of cataloging standards and practices in Technical Services. I work to strengthen existing partnerships and work in close collaboration with TS managers across the system who are responsible for original and copy cataloging. In addition, I work with my colleagues to build on Duke’s longstanding participation in national and international programs, such as the Program for Cooperative Cataloging, while bringing renewed intentionality and engagement to our participation in new opportunities like Linked Data for Production, which emphasizes a transition to BIBFRAME.

I also catalog books and other monographic materials in Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, Galician, and related languages. I create and enhance bibliographic records in the global database WorldCat as well as in Duke's library catalog to ensure access to our rich collections of Latin American and Iberian materials by local users and researchers around the world. I also catalog rare books belonging to the Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library; my current primary Rubenstein project is cataloging the Edwin and Terry Murray Comic Book Collection. The 55,000 pieces in this remarkable collection complement our already-strong graphic novel resources at Lilly Library to give the Duke University Libraries one of the largest and best-described collections of comic books and sequential art in the world.


I have 24 years of experience as a technical services librarian in large academic libraries, most of which I've spent concentrating on Romance-language materials. Before coming to Duke in 2002, I worked as a Latin American and Iberian resources cataloger at Vanderbilt University and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My research and writing interests focus on career development for librarians and other information professionals, particularly those early in their careers; I'm the co-author of 2012's What Do Employers Want?: A Guide for Library Science Students, co-editor of 2007's A Day in the Life: Career Options in Library and Information Science, and have had many articles and book chapters published on librarianship as a profession. I've been an active member of the American Library Association and have presented at conferences and in universities on library career issues, metadata, cataloging, and digital collections. My current professional focus involves cataloging comic books, graphic novels, and sequential art, and I am involved in a number of initiatives that are developing standards, policies, and best practices for cataloging these important research materials.

I'm a native of Raleigh and earned my BA in International Studies and MS in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. When I'm not at work, you may find me traveling the world: my favorite places include London, Dublin, Moorea, Taipei, Paris, Sydney, Singapore, and Hong Kong. I'm currently learning Irish agus tá cúpla focal agam.


Language Skills

  • French
  • Irish
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
Richard Murray

  • Pronouns
    He / Him / His

  • Mailing Address
    Box 90188
    Durham, NC 277080188
  • Location
    114 South Buchanan Blvd.
    Smith Warehouse - Bay 10
    Durham, NC 27708