Program Announcement: ALCTS Metadata Interest Group Meeting at ALA Annual 2019

Please join the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group during ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C. for a presentation and Q&A on the Library of Congress Web Archiving Program on Sunday, June 23, 2019, 9:00-10:00AM, Marriott Marquis, Archives Room during our regular scheduled meeting. The speakers are Rick Fitzgerald, Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate of the Library of Congress, and Grace Thomas, Digital Collections Specialist for the Library of Congress. We are looking forward to seeing you all in Washington, D.C. Be sure to add this event to your ALA Conference Scheduler.

The Library of Congress Web Archiving program, in existence since 2000, has had varying approaches over the years related to creating metadata records and making them accessible. While the program has been in a state of continuous evolution since its inception, the past six years have seen significant advancement in how the Library conceptualizes a web archive, and is therefore able to describe it.

This re-conceptualization was integral for assigning appropriate permissions to archived web content and indeed led to more accurate description. However, the implementation was part of an overall system migration and was lengthy, resulting in a backlog of over 4,000 undescribed, inaccessible web archives. Additionally, with the Library’s 2017 Digital Collecting Plan, which calls for an expansion of web archiving, the Library’s event and thematic web archive collections have only continued increasing in number, depth, and breadth.

Their talk will explain the recent history of web archives description at the Library of Congress, the process to implement a new model of description, outline the current model represented publicly as Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS) records incorporated into the loc.gov Solr index, share the process and triumph of clearing the backlog, set our work among other institutions participating in web archiving and description of web archives, and finally look toward the future in describing research projects we hope will enhance our description.

Speaker Bios

Rick Fitzgerald is a Librarian in the Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate of the Library of Congress. He has been the primary cataloger for the Library of Congress Web Archives since 2010, and has taken an active role in many of its transitions over the past several years.

Grace Thomas became a Digital Collections Specialist for the Library of Congress Web Archiving Team in August 2016. Currently, many of her tasks revolve around streamlining ways to facilitate description of and access to resources in the Library’s 1.7 petabyte web archive.

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CC:DA Liaison Blog Post

After my recent appointment as the Metadata Interest Group’s liaison to the Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (CC:DA), I reached out to outgoing liaison Jessica Hayden to inquire about her experience.  One of her principle recommendations was to use Metadata Interest Group (MIG) channels like the blog to grow awareness of RDA revision proposals an other CC:DA business relevant to MIG members, and to use these channels to get feedback and ideas from a broader segment of stakeholders within the community of metadata librarians.

But first a bit of background.  CC:DA “is the body within the American Library Association responsible for developing official ALA positions on additions to and revisions to RDA: Resource Description and Access.” For the past two years, changes to the RDA standard have been frozen because of the RDA Toolkit Restructure and Redesign (commonly known as the 3R Project), which will not only change the look, feel, and functionality of the RDA Toolkit, but also incorporate much of the IFLA Library Reference Model (LRM) into the text and structure of RDA.  In April, a “stabilized” English version of the new RDA text was released as part of the Beta RDA Toolkit. Neither this stabilized text nor the Beta RDA Toolkit will supplant the current version until the RDA Steering Committee (RSC) declares the 3R Project complete, which in all likelihood will not happen before the end of 2019.  In the meantime, the focus of the 3R Project will shift to translations and the development of policy statements, such as LC/PCC-PS.

In the meantime, addition and revision proposals to RDA are still frozen, although minor revision proposals, such as error or typo corrections, may be submitted.  However, the release of the stabilized text provides an excellent opportunity to review what will likely represent a major revision to RDA.  The incorporation of the LRM should be of especial interest to our community at the Metadata Interest Group, as this stabilized text represents a further shift towards an entity-based approach, with many ramifications for linked data implementation.  If you have ideas for revisions and additions, I’d love to hear them–feel free to contact me directly at trm2151 [at] columbia [dot] edu.

Timothy R. Mendenhall

Metadata librarian at Columbia University Libraries, performing both traditional MARC cataloging and non-MARC work in the digital library collections. Participant in the PCC.  Formerly a processing archivist and still active as an art cataloger at the Frick Art Reference Library.

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Nominations are opened for leadership roles in the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group

Announcement:

The ALCTS MIG seeks nominations (self-nominations welcomed) for the following offices:

  • Vice-Chair/Chair Elect (Vice-Chair 2019-2020, Chair 2020-2021)
  • Program Co-Chair (2019-2021)
  • Secretary (2019-2021)

These positions are held for two years, and attendance to ALA Annual and ALA Midwinter is expected. Service duties begin July 1, and would run through June 2021. Continue reading

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Panel Program on Crowdsourcing Metadata Presentations Available

Metadata Interest Group Meeting Panel Program: Crowdsourcing Metadata

At the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group meeting during ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, on Sunday, January 27, 2019, there was a panel presentation on crowdsourcing metadata.

 

Crowdsourcing metadata: the revolutionary cataloging interface and how it can help your library expose and promote hidden collections

This presentation draws on recently completed original research (in press, to be published in the Journal of Library Metadata, vol. 18, issue 2) to analyze and explain the automated quality control features of Zooniverse’s crowdsourcing metadata platform. The results, it is argued, are truly revolutionary. Case studies are cited to demonstrate successful use of the platform by major institutions including the University of Oxford, the Folger, the Imperial War Museum and the Huntington. Similar initiatives based on proprietary platforms designed by the Smithsonian and the National Archives are also noted. Clearly, therefore, crowdsourcing of metadata to expose and promote hidden collections is a significant and rapidly growing development in libraries, archives and museums. We conclude with a description of an experimental project at Cal State Fullerton designed to ascertain whether such developments can succeed at a local institutional level. Finally, an invitation is extended for attendees to consider whether such initiatives may also be implemented for the benefit of their own respective institutions and users.

Samuel T. Barber

Cataloging & Metadata Librarian

California State University, Fullerton

Slides

 

Wisdom of the Crowd

Utah State University Libraries’ Cataloging and Metadata Unit has successfully used several methods to engage the public in metadata creation for USU’s Digital History Collections. Most, if not all the techniques we have tested, have yielded positive results and have improved the relevancy and accuracy of our descriptive metadata. During this presentation we will discuss different tools and techniques we have used to foster communication between our metadata specialists and the communities they serve, as well as approaches that were tried and did not yield the results we were hoping for. Attendees will be able to see what has been done at Utah State University and take those ideas and create new innovative approaches to collect crowdsourcing metadata at their own institutions.

Slides

Becky Skeen

Special Collections Cataloging Librarian

Utah State University

 

Andrea Payant

Metadata Librarian

Utah State University

 

About the Metadata Interest Group

The ALCTS Metadata Interest Group provides a broad framework for information exchange on current research developments, tools, and activities affecting networked information resources and metadata; coordinates and actively participate in the development and review of standards concerning networked resources and metadata in conjunction with the divisions’ committees and sections, other units within ALA, and relevant outside agencies; and develops programs and fosters and sponsors education and training opportunities that contribute to and enhance an understanding of networked resources and metadata, their identity, content, technology, access, control, and use; and to plan and monitor activities using the association’s strategic and tactical plan as a framework.

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Midwinter 2019 Meeting Minutes Available

The minutes from the Metadata Interest Group’s 2018 Midwinter program and business meeting are now available.

Additional information about Midwinter is coming soon, including slides from the presentations at the MIG program!

Thank you to Rachel Tillay (blog coordinator) for taking notes during the business meeting and to Wendy Robertson (secretary) for putting together these minutes!

 

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Last Reminder: ALCTS Metadata Interest Group Meeting at ALA Midwinter 2019

Please join the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group during ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle for a panel presentation on crowdsourcing metadata on Sunday, January 27, 2019, 8:30-10:00AM, Washington State Convention Center, Room 3A during our regular scheduled meeting. Speakers Samuel T. Barber, from California State University, Fullerton, and Becky Skeen & Andrea Payant, from Utah State University, will present on approaches to crowdsourcing metadata, followed by Q&A. Looking forward to seeing you all in Seattle. Be sure to add this event to your ALA Conference Scheduler.

For more information, see the presenter bios and abstracts: https://wp.me/p70q4y-66

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Crowdsourcing Metadata Panel Presentation Reminder and Bios

Join the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group during ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle for a panel presentation on crowdsourcing metadata on Sunday, January 27, 2019, 8:30-10:00AM, Washington State Convention Center, Room 3A during our regular scheduled meeting. Speakers Samuel T. Barber, from California State University, Fullerton, and Becky Skeen & Andrea Payant, from Utah State University, will present on approaches to crowdsourcing metadata, followed by Q&A. Looking forward to seeing you all in Seattle. Be sure to add this event to your ALA Conference Scheduler.

Presenters and abstracts:

Samuel T. Barber

Cataloging & Metadata Librarian

California State University, Fullerton

Bio: Following a semi-successful semi-professional career as a musician, recording artist and sound engineer, Samuel T. Barber emigrated from the UK to the USA in 2013 with a newly-acquired MILS from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, and a renewed desire to contribute to the advancement of librarianship and information science. Past cataloging and metadata work at Glasgow University, the Autry National Center and Cal State Fullerton has included exposing hidden collections formerly owned by luminaries ranging from the Scots psychiatrist R.D. Laing to Los Angeles author, ethnographer, historian and ‘celebrity librarian’ Charles Fletcher Lummis. His main research interest is the crowdsourcing of descriptive metadata and related interfaces, which he believes merit the term ‘revolutionary cataloging interfaces’. Samuel’s favorite book is ‘What’s going on’ by Marvin Gaye, and yes, he’s fully aware that this is a record and not a book.

Crowdsourcing metadata: the revolutionary cataloging interface and how it can help your library expose and promote hidden collections

This presentation draws on recently completed original research (in press, to be published in the Journal of Library Metadata, vol. 18, issue 2) to analyze and explain the automated quality control features of Zooniverse’s crowdsourcing metadata platform. The results, it is argued, are truly revolutionary. Case studies are cited to demonstrate successful use of the platform by major institutions including the University of Oxford, the Folger, the Imperial War Museum and the Huntington. Similar initiatives based on proprietary platforms designed by the Smithsonian and the National Archives are also noted. Clearly, therefore, crowdsourcing of metadata to expose and promote hidden collections is a significant and rapidly growing development in libraries, archives and museums. We conclude with a description of an experimental project at Cal State Fullerton designed to ascertain whether such developments can succeed at a local institutional level. Finally, an invitation is extended for attendees to consider whether such initiatives may also be implemented for the benefit of their own respective institutions and users.

Andrea Payant

Metadata Librarian

Utah State University

Bio: Andrea Payant is the Metadata Librarian at USU’s Merrill-Cazier Library. She has been working for USU Libraries for over ten years. She received her MLIS from San Jose State University. Her research interests include metadata quality benchmarks, research data management, crowdsourcing metadata, and technical services outreach.

Becky Skeen

Special Collections Cataloging Librarian

Utah State University

Bio: Becky Skeen is the Special Collections Cataloging Librarian at Utah State University’s Merrill-Cazier Library. She coordinates a majority of Special Collections cataloging projects for her library and helps with the creation of metadata for special collections’ digitized materials.

 

Wisdom of the Crowd: Successful ways to engage the public in metadata creation

Utah State University Libraries’ Cataloging and Metadata Unit has successfully used several methods to engage the public in metadata creation for USU’s Digital History Collections. Most, if not all the techniques we have tested, have yielded positive results and have improved the relevancy and accuracy of our descriptive metadata. During this presentation we will discuss different tools and techniques we have used to foster communication between our metadata specialists and the communities they serve, as well as approaches that were tried and did not yield the results we were hoping for. Attendees will be able to see what has been done at Utah State University and take those ideas and create new innovative approaches to collect crowdsourcing metadata at their own institutions.

 

About the Metadata Interest Group

The ALCTS Metadata Interest Group provides a broad framework for information exchange on current research developments, tools, and activities affecting networked information resources and metadata; coordinates and actively participate in the development and review of standards concerning networked resources and metadata in conjunction with the divisions’ committees and sections, other units within ALA, and relevant outside agencies; and develops programs and fosters and sponsors education and training opportunities that contribute to and enhance an understanding of networked resources and metadata, their identity, content, technology, access, control, and use; and to plan and monitor activities using the association’s strategic and tactical plan as a framework.

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Program Announcement: ALCTS Metadata Interest Group Meeting at ALA Midwinter 2019

Join the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group during ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle for a panel presentation on crowdsourcing metadata on Sunday, January 27, 2019, 8:30-10:00AM, Washington State Convention Center, Room 3A during our regular scheduled meeting. Speakers Samuel T. Barber, from California State University, Fullerton, and Becky Skeen & Andrea Payant, from Utah State University, will present on approaches to crowdsourcing metadata, followed by Q&A. Looking forward to seeing you all in Seattle. Be sure to add this event to your ALA Conference Scheduler.

Presenters and abstracts:

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Call for Proposals on the topic of metadata automation!

New technologies, collaborations, and ways of working have transformed metadata workflows. Have you implemented new tools to streamline your workflows? Are you experimenting with automated approaches to metadata creation? If so, we want to hear from you! Consider submitting your proposal for a 15 minute presentation at the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group session, followed by discussion.

Potential topics include:

  • Metadata automation workflows
  • Crowdsourcing metadata
  • Automated transcription
  • Automatic image recognition (e.g. facial/object recognition)

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Anne Washington (awashington@uh.edu) or Mingyan Li (mli5@uic.edu), ALCTS MIG Programming Co-Chairs.

Please fill out the submission form with your proposal abstract by Friday, November 16, 2018. The Metadata Interest Group meeting will take place during the 2019 ALA Midwinter Conference in Seattle, WA on Sunday, January 27, 2019 8:30-10:00 am.

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