Crosswalks to the Future: Library Metadata on the Move

Thursday, April 15, 2010
College of Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

8:30 – Registration & Refreshments
9:15 – Program Begins
3:30 – Adjourn

Morning Keynote Address:

Building Blocks for the Future: Making Controlled Vocabularies Available for the Semantic Web by Dr. Barbara B. Tillett, Chief, Policy and Standards Division, Library of Congress. Efforts have been underway for several years to lay some of the building blocks for linked data, cloud computing, and foundations for the Semantic Web. How are libraries contributing? Some of the projects that the Library of Congress has initiated are described: the Virtual International Authority File, the site for posting LC’s own controlled vocabularies, like the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) in SKOS (Simple Knowledge Organization Schema) format; and the controlled vocabularies prepared for the new cataloging code, RDA: Resource Description and Access.

Slides for Barbara Tillett’s Keynote Address (PDF, 1.38 MB)

Afternoon Keynote Address:

Creating a Trillion-Field Catalog: Metadata in Google Books by Jon Orwant, Engineering Manager, Google Books, Google Magazines, and Google Patents. Google Books ingests metadata from over a hundred different sources, all of which are incomplete, inaccurate, and ill-formatted. Jon will talk about Google’s techniques for coping with the chaos, showing some interesting successes and failures.

Slides for A Future for Libraries are not available

Morning Breakout Sessions:

Managing Objects and Data: from Call Numbers to Namespaces by Mark J. Caprio, Digital Services and Cataloging Librarian, Phillips Memorial Library, Providence College and Martha Rice Sanders, Knowledge Management Librarian, the HELIN Consortium

Over the last decade, formats within our collections have multiplied and collections have become distributed. Digital technologies have presented new challenges, tools, and vocabularies. However, has the intellectual analysis of collections or the need for rules governing their context across the expanse of collections changed? In this session, the presenters will argue, No! It is still about creating structures, identifying relationships, and learning from user/collection interactions using both traditional and newly created tools. Taking this position, they will moderate an open group discussion, highlighting future work, tools, and opportunities.

Slides for Managing Objects and Data (PDF, 4.23 MB)

Mapping Bibliographic Metadata by Jean Godby, Research Scientist, OCLC

This session will start with a presentation of OCLC’s recent work on metadata mapping. Godby will give her perspective on how the subject should be scoped, why mapping is necessary, what has been successful, and where the outstanding problems are. The presentation will be followed by a discussion with the audience about how the library community can advance understanding of this important issue.

Slides for Mapping Bibliographic Metadata (PDF, 1.34 MB)

Tradition, Transition, and Transformation: A Look at Next Generation Library Systems by John Larson, URM Requirements Analyst, the Ex Libris Group

As libraries consider current and future library management needs, the emphasis falls on three areas in which strong support is needed: the traditional tasks that libraries have done – and will need to continue to do; transitional activities that allow new, more efficient workflows and realignment of staff resources; and transformational functionality, which enables the library to extend its mission and strengthen its role within the larger institution. In this session, John will discuss the ways in which a next-generation library services framework will serve this spectrum of needs, pulling in examples from the work Ex Libris has done in developing its Unified Resource Management (URM) platform.

Slides for Tradition, Transition, and Transformation (PDF, 287 KB)

Afternoon Breakout Sessions:

Metadata 101 by Kelcy Shepherd, Digital Interfaces Librarian, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries

Metadata plays an essential role in the discovery, delivery, administration, and preservation of both traditional and digital collections. Understanding metadata and its uses goes far beyond the standard definition of metadata as “data about data.” Designed for those with little or no prior knowledge of metadata, this session will explain fundamentals such as structure, schemas, and standards; review different types of metadata and their purposes; and provide an overview of current metadata standards in the library, archives, and visual resources communities.

Slides for Metadata 101 (PDF, 201 KB)

Go fish! How to catch and clean MARC records using Z39.50 and MarcEdit by Benjamin Abrahamse, Head, Serials Cataloging Section, Cataloging and Metadata Services, MIT Libraries

In this presentation we will explore using MarcEdit’s integrated Z39.50 client to query bibliographic databases on the Web and look at how to manipulate MARC data using various MarcEdit functions, in particular the ability to export MARC as tab-delimited text. We will also take a brief look at various ways of exporting MARC records from MarcEdit into other applications.

Slides for Go Fish! (PDF, 2.10 MB)

Another full service bibliographic utility for cataloging: why this matters by Leslie Straus, President, SkyRiver

The arrival of the SkyRiver bibliographic utility has sparked an exceptional level of interest within technical services circles. There are various reasons for this which will be elucidated during this session.

Slides for Another Full Service Bibliographic Utility are not available

Schedule of the Day
Links within the Schedule of the Day may be broken. If available, links to additional materials are provided above.

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