ALA Midwinter 2018 Presentation Slides Available

The ALA Midwinter 2018 Presentation Slides are available through ALA Connect. The slides are also available below as attachments for your convenience.

Title: Developing A Framework for Measuring Reuse of Digital Objects: Project Update at the Metadata Interest Group, ALA Midwinter 2018

Presenter: Ayla Stein, Metadata Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Abstract: Content reuse, or how often and in what ways digital library materials are utilized and repurposed, is a key indicator of the impact and value of a digital collection. Traditional library analytics focus almost entirely on simple access statistics, which do not show how users utilize or transform unique materials digital collections. This lack of distinction, combined with a lack of standardized assessment approaches, makes it difficult to develop user-responsive collections or highlight the value of these materials. The grant project, Developing a Framework for Measuring Reuse of Digital Objects, an IMLS-funded project (LG-73-17-0002-17) by the Digital Library Federation Assessment Interest Group, is working to address this critical area. This presentation will illustrate the variety of ways digital library objects (including metadata) are being reused; share the results of the grant team’s work, including preliminary findings from the initial survey results as well as in-person and virtual focus groups sessions. The presentation will conclude with the team’s early findings and will engage the audience to contribute their feedback on the project and deliverables.

Developing A Framework for Measuring Reuse of Digital Objects

 

Title: National Strategy for Shareable Local Name Authorities

Presenter: Chew Chiat Naun, Head, Metadata Creation, Harvard University

Abstract: Libraries create local authorities to serve a variety of purposes, usually within an institutional context. It is becoming increasingly evident, however, that identities have much greater potential value if they can be shared. The IMLS Shareable Authorities forum brought together representatives from a wide range of stakeholders to explore themes including minimum viable specifications, data provider obligations, and reconciliation as a service. The objective of the forum is to identify services and practices that will be needed, and assumptions that will have to be made – or changed – to allow authorities to work across domains and at scale.

Presenter Bio: Chew Chiat Naun is a Graduate of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and recently joined Harvard Library as Head of Metadata Creation. Previously he was at Cornell University, where he and his then colleagues hosted the first IMLS Shareable Local Authorities forum. He is active in the Program for Cooperative Cataloging and co-chairs (with Ed Jones) the Standing Committee on Standards.

IMLS Shareable Local Name Authorities

 

 

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Come Join the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group at ALA Annual!

We hope to see you on Sunday, June 24th, 9:00am-10:00am in Room 298 of the Morial Convention Center (MCC).

Presentation (9:00am-9:30am)

Title: The Cataloging Lab: Encouraging Collaboration for a More Effective and Inclusive LCSH Proposal Process

Presenter: Violet Fox

Abstract: Applying Library of Congress Subject Headings is a large part of the subject analysis that catalogers perform every day, but most catalogers are unaware of the process of how headings are revised and added. The Cataloging Lab is a new wiki where anyone who is interested in making LCSH more responsive to users’ needs can work together with others to create proposals to add or change headings. By empowering all library workers to understand and contribute to the process of changing LCSH, we can emphasize the necessity for thoughtful collaboration to provide high quality, user-centered metadata.

Presenter Biography: Violet Fox is a cataloging and metadata expert in central Minnesota. She completed her MLIS at the University of Washington iSchool in 2013. Her research interests include the intricacies of zine cataloging and the ethical implications of classification.

Business Meeting (9:30am-10:00am)

Agenda is forthcoming!

Previous meeting minutes are available here: https://connect.ala.org/alcts/viewdocument/ala-midwinter-2018-metadata-inter?CommunityKey=45b67b1a-f188-4e33-988f-a491aae3f94c&tab=librarydocuments.

Please note that during the business meeting, the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group will be holding elections for incoming officers and welcomes nominations (feel free to nominate yourself!) for the following roles:

  • Vice Chair/Chair Elect
  • Program Co-Coordinator
  • Blog Coordinator

These positions are held for two years, and attendance at ALA annual and ALA midwinter is expected. The positions begin after ALA Annual, and would run from July 2018-June 2020. Please let Anna Neatour (anna.neatrour@utah.edu) know if you are interested in any of these positions and would like more information about working with the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group. This is a great opportunity to be more involved with the metadata community at ALA!

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ALCTS Metadata IG Presents: Implementing Linked Open Data in the Real World at ALA Annual in New Orleans

Going to ALA Annual in New Orleans?  Want to learn about ongoing linked data projects?  Then come join the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group, in conjunction with the ALCTS/LITA Linked Library Data Interest Group, on Saturday, June 23 at 10:30-11:30am as they present “Implementing Linked Open Data in the Real World.”

This program will introduce participants to ongoing projects focused on linked data application, including challenges inherent to moving towards a Linked Open Data ecosystem. Presentation topics include:

  1. Linked Data for Production: Pathway to Implementation (LD4P Phase 2)
    Presented by Philip Schreur, PhD (Stanford University)
  2. Linked Data URI Workflows at the Digital Virginia’s DPLA Hub
    Presented by Jeremy Bartczak (University of Virginia)
  3. Rare Materials Ontology Extension: from Modeling to Implementation
    Presented by Jason Kovari (Cornell University) & Francis Lapka (Yale University)

This program is included with the full conference registration and will be held at the Morial Convention Center in room 392. Don’t forget to add it to your conference scheduler.

@LODLAM @ALCTS #metadataIG #alaac18 #alctsac18 #linkeddata

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Metadata Interest Group – Call for Nominations

Nominations are open for leadership roles in the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group! The ALCTS MIG welcomes nominations (feel free to nominate yourself!) for the following roles:

  • Vice Chair/Chair Elect
  • Program coordinator (2 people collaborate on programming, with overlap for one year)
  • Blog Coordinator

These positions are held for two years, and attendance at ALA annual and ALA midwinter is expected. The positions begin after ALA Annual, and would run from July 2018-June 2020. Please let Anna Neatrour (anna.neatrour@utah.edu) know if you are interested in any of these positions and would like more information about working with the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group. This is a great opportunity to be more involved with the metadata community at ALA!

Elections will be held during the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group Annual Meeting, Sunday, June 24th from 9-10am.

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Midwinter Meeting Minutes Available

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

https://connect.ala.org/HigherLogic/System/DownloadDocumentFile.ashx?DocumentFileKey=4cd9c456-0cba-3f81-ca57-c0dc25e43776&forceDialog=0

Many thanks to Secretary Wendy Robertson!

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Call for Proposals on the Topic of Linked Open Data Implementation!

Exposing bibliographic and cultural heritage information as linked open data makes possible new modes of resource access and discovery. It also supports reuse and visualization of collections in novel ways. This program will introduce participants to linked open data in the real world through both introductory and intermediate level presentations on its application, including challenges inherent to moving towards a linked open data ecosystem.

Potential topics include:

  • Implementation of linked data project
  • Metadata analysis and evaluation
  • Linked open data visualizations
  • Entity reconciliation
  • Ontology alignment/mapping

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Darnelle Melvin (darnelle.melvin@unlv.edu) or Anne Washington (awashington@uh.edu), ALCTS MIG Programming Co-Chairs.

Please fill out the submission form with your proposal abstract by Wednesday, February 21, 2018. “Implementing Linked Open Data in the Real World” will take place during the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

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Metadata Interest Group Meeting at ALA Midwinter 2018

Join the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver to hear project updates about two IMLS-funded grants on Sunday, February 11th from 8:30-10:00 AM in Room 703 during our regular scheduled meeting. Alya Stein, Metadata Librarian from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will be giving a presentation on the current work the Digital Library Federation Assessment Interest Group has been doing to create a framework to measure digital object reuse. Chew Chiat Naun, Head of Metadata Creation from Harvard University, will discuss current work being done to share and scale local name authorities. The business meeting will follow. Looking forward to seeing you all in Denver, and be sure to add this event to your ALA Conference Scheduler.

Title: Developing A Framework for Measuring Reuse of Digital Objects: Project Update at the Metadata Interest Group, ALA Midwinter 2018

Presenter: Ayla Stein, Metadata Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Abstract: Content reuse, or how often and in what ways digital library materials are utilized and repurposed, is a key indicator of the impact and value of a digital collection. Traditional library analytics focus almost entirely on simple access statistics, which do not show how users utilize or transform unique materials digital collections. This lack of distinction, combined with a lack of standardized assessment approaches, makes it difficult to develop user-responsive collections or highlight the value of these materials. The grant project, Developing a Framework for Measuring Reuse of Digital Objects, an IMLS-funded project (LG-73-17-0002-17) by the Digital Library Federation Assessment Interest Group, is working to address this critical area. This presentation will illustrate the variety of ways digital library objects (including metadata) are being reused; share the results of the grant team’s work, including preliminary findings from the initial survey results as well as in-person and virtual focus groups sessions. The presentation will conclude with the team’s early findings and will engage the audience to contribute their feedback on the project and deliverables.

Title: National Strategy for Shareable Local Name Authorities

Presenter: Chew Chiat Naun, Head, Metadata Creation, Harvard University

Abstract: Libraries create local authorities to serve a variety of purposes, usually within an institutional context. It is becoming increasingly evident, however, that identities have much greater potential value if they can be shared. The IMLS Shareable Authorities forum brought together representatives from a wide range of stakeholders to explore themes including minimum viable specifications, data provider obligations, and reconciliation as a service. The objective of the forum is to identify services and practices that will be needed, and assumptions that will have to be made – or changed – to allow authorities to work across domains and at scale.

Presenter Bio: Chew Chiat Naun is a Graduate of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and recently joined Harvard Library as Head of Metadata Creation. Previously he was at Cornell University, where he and his then colleagues hosted the first IMLS Shareable Local Authorities forum. He is active in the Program for Cooperative Cataloging and co-chairs (with Ed Jones) the Standing Committee on Standards.

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FAST and not so FAST faceting in digital collections

My library recently migrated away from a vendor-based digital asset management system to a homegrown system built with open source components. For additional background, check out this article in D-Lib, which addresses an aspect of the migration. We also recently published an article focusing on the tools and processes we used to migrate our metadata. While we did do some metadata clean-up prior to migration, there’s still a great deal of work to do with metadata remediation and enhancement after the migration. In our new system, one of the features I was particularly eager to try out was the ability to add custom facets for different collections. I developed a workflow for a part-time student to work on enhanced faceting. We’ve been experimenting with adding FAST headings to many of our oral history collections such as Interviews with Jews in Utah and the Carbon County Oral Histories. Right now, the default display shows all the facets in place for a collection, but showcasing just the top facets by record count with an option to expand is part of the future development plan for the system.

There are a few collections where just going only with FAST headings didn’t make sense, and I thought I would highlight them in this post and ask to see what other people might be doing with custom facets for their digital collections. One of the developers at the library, Alan Witkowski, implemented custom faceting for our Sanborn maps collection, where patrons can browse by year and by location. A librarian, Jessica Colbert, recently completed metadata enhancements in our Football Videos collection, which blends FAST headings for the teams, along with high interest facets specific to that collection such as “Away Games” and “Losses”.

Just having the ability to easily create custom facets for digital collections when we weren’t able to do that before is opening up new possibilities for digital collections at the University of Utah. For those of you who have added FAST headings to your digital collections, have you also run into situations where you wanted to add some additional faceting terms? What were your strategies for doing so? Feel free to share here, in a future guest post or in comments on this blog!

Anna Neatrour is the Digital Initiatives Librarian at the University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library. You can find her on twitter as @annaneat.

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