Below is a list of digital library-friendly sessions for Midwinter 2008. If you would like to blog any of the sessions, please contact Jen Wolfe at email@example.com with your name, e-mail address, and preferred session.
• Tag You’re It: A Revolution in Patron-Library Interaction
2008-01-12 ; 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM ; Pennsylvania Convention Center in 201 B/C ; RUSA – MARS
• Catalog Form and Function Interest Group
2008-01-12 ; 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM ; Sofitel Philadelphia in Versailles Room ; ALCTS
• CCS Cataloging and Classification Research Discussion Group
2008-01-12 ; 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM ; Sofitel Philadelphia in Dijon Room ; ALCTS – CCS
• Cataloging Norms Discussion Group
2008-01-12 ; 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM ; Pennsylvania Convention Center in 109 B ; ALCTS – CCS ; NRMIG blogger: Jen Wolfe
• Collaborative Digitization Discussion Group
2008-01-12 ; 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM ; Pennsylvania Convention Center in 202 A ; ASCLA – ICAN
• Standards Interest Group
2008-01-12 ; 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM ; Marriott Philadelphia in Salon A ; LITA
• Networked Resources and Metadata Interest Group
2008-01-13 ; 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM ; Four Seasons in Ballroom South ; ALCTS ; NRMIG blogger: Sai Deng
• Guidelines for Digitization of Special Collections Task Force
2008-01-13 ; 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM ; Marriott Philadelphia in Room 310 ; ACRL – RBMS ; NRMIG blogger: Rebekah Irwin
• Resource Description and Access (RDA) Update Forum
2008-01-13 ; 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM ; Philadelphia Convention Center in Lecture Hall ; ALCTS ; NRMIG blogger: Richard N. Leigh
• Digital Library Technologies Interest Group
2008-01-13 ; 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM ; Marriott Philadelphia in Salon K/L ; LITA ; NRMIG blogger: Holley Long
• CCS Forum on The Report of the LC Working Group for the Future of Bibliographic Control
2008-01-13 ; 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM ; Pennsylvania Convention Center in Room 204 C ; ALCTS – CCS
• ALCTS Forum: Moving Library Services to the Network Level
2008-01-14 ; 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM ; Pennsylvania Convention Center in Room 108 A ; ALCTS
• Continuing Resources Cataloging Committee Update Forum
2008-01-14 ; 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM ; Pennsylvania Convention Center in Room 109 B ; ALCTS ; NRMIG blogger: Erin Stalberg
Fuller descriptions (when available):
Tag You’re It: A Revolution in Patron-Library Interaction
Jointly sponsored by MARS Products and Services and the Hot Topics Discussion Group, this Midwinter Hot Topics Discussion will bring three speakers to Philadelphia to discuss their libraries’ experiences implementing Web 2.0 social software, which enables “tagging” to enhance patrons’ interaction with the library and its resources. Jennifer Sweda, Cataloging Librarian for the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, will speak about the well-known PennTags project. Like del.icio.us, PennTags software allows readers to tag cataloged items and works as a social bookmarking tool for locating, organizing, and sharing favorite resources. Lauren Stokes, Virtual Library Manager at the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District will speak about how her library system is enabling the community to add reviews to resources in their catalog. Hot Topics’ third speaker, Kate Sheehan, Coordinator of Library Automation at Danbury Public Library, will discuss how they have implemented LibraryThing and how it has increased patron interaction with the catalog.
Catalog Form and Function Interest Group
Join us for a presentation by John Mark Ockerbloom, a digital library architect and planner at the University of Pennsylvania who has done some interesting transformations on Library of Congress Subject Headings to create hierarchical subject navigation and clustering for the Online Books Page, a directory of 25,000 free books on the Web. This will be followed by a group discussion of experiences, learnings and implications of use of traditional catalog data in new contexts and new user interfaces, along with the mixture of MARC catalog data with metadata from new and sometimes “non-standard” sources, and other topics. We will also discuss planning for a Forum at ALA annual on these themes.
CCS Cataloging and Classification Research Discussion Group
Presentations for Discussion:
1. Metadata Creation and Metadata Quality Control Across Digital Repositories, by Jung-ran Park, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, College of Information
Science and Technology, Drexel University.
2. The Usefulness of A History Ontology to Facilitate Access To, and Use of A Collection of Digital Primary Source Materials, by Cristina Pattuelli, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the Pratt Institute, New York.
3. A Statistical Profile of Personal Names Associated Bibliographically with Monographs, by Gregory Wool, Associate Professor and Monographs Cataloger at the Iowa State University Library.
Cataloging Norms Discussion Group
The ALCTS/CCS Cataloging Norms Discussion Group cordially invites you to join our discussion group at Mid-Winter in Philadelphia to hear three presenters and their discussions of how three cataloging departments faced the challenges of growing interactions between cataloging and digital initiatives and changing norms.
Our speakers are:
• Rebecca L. Lubas, Head of Cataloging & Metadata Services, MIT Libraries
Speaking on: “Creating a Metadata Services Unit at MIT Libraries”
In response to the changing needs of collections and users, the Cataloging Department at MIT created a Metadata Services Unit. We partnered with the OpenCourseWare (OCW) project, an effort to provide course materials for all of MITs courses online, free to anyone with Internet access. OCW has thousands of digital resources that need metadata for better searching and preservation. We participated in the testing and design of the content management system for OCW, and hired a Metadata Production Assistant and a Metadata Librarian. The new unit faced challenges that traditional cataloging work had not before, such as paying customers, evolving best practices, and dependence on non-librarians for bibliographic information. The presentation also addresses how catalogers’ work and responsibilities changed.
• Charlene Chou, Catalog Librarian, Columbia University Libraries
Speaking on: “Expanding the Cataloger’s Role in the Era of Global Digital Libraries”
In response to the changing demands of next-generation catalogs and global digital libraries, the role of catalogers has been redefined and will change drastically in the coming years. Users need better catalogs. In addition to analyzing current developments, this presentation will give examples of current projects at Columbia University to illustrate how catalogers have used their specialized skills in languages and subject analysis to contribute to the formation of global digital libraries. With the development of Web 3.0 as a reference to the semantic Web, are catalogers ready for the next wave of challenges coming soon?
• Patricia Dragon, Cataloger, Cataloging Department, Joyner Library, East Carolina University
Speaking on: “Authority Control Challenges Presented by Regional Cultural Heritage Digitization Projects”
For many institutions, a key component of their digital library programs is the digitization of regional significant cultural heritage materials for a wider community as well as the academic community. Authority control adds value to a discovery tool and is traditionally performed by catalogers. At ECU’s Joyner Library, we view it as part of our information service to the region to perform authority work on regionally significant names for our digitization program and discovery tools. The addition of digital projects to the traditional library cataloging environment creates a number of challenges for authority control and catalogers to create and ensure a seamless discovery environment, and specifically, a quality federated search function across discovery tools. I will explore how (and why) to meet these challenges and solicit ideas from the audience.
Collaborative Digitization Discussion Group
The Collaborative Digitization Discussion Group, formerly known as “Digistates,” meets every ALA to discuss issues related to collaborative digitization efforts on state, regional and local levels. Everyone involved in or considering collaborative digitization projects or programs is invited and encouraged to participate.
Standards Interest Group
The agenda includes two topics:
• A Standards Update by NISO Managing Director Todd Carpenter
• Beyond the IP address: Shibboleth and electronic resources by Holly Eggleston, Assistant Department Head, Acquisitions, University of California – San Diego
Networked Resources and Metadata Interest Group
• Maureen Walsh, Metadata Librarian, Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University Libraries
Topic: Institutional Repository Metadata
Walsh will speak on the work she does as a Metadata Librarian for the Ohio State University’s Institutional Repository (The Knowledge Bank). In presenting on institutional repository metadata, she will discuss some of the following issues: metadata schemes; crosswalking (for example, harvesting metadata from our library catalog to ingest in our repository using crosswalks); data normalization; harvesting from the viewpoint of shareable metadata; metadata displays and user interfaces; technical and preservation metadata. In particular, she will present how she uses customized metadata displays and user interfaces for individual communities of submitters (author self-archiving) to add a measure of data control in our institutional repository in the interests of both quality metadata and shareable metadata.
• Amy Jackson ( & Myung-Ja Han), Project Coordinator, IMLS Digital Collections and Content, University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign
Topic: Changes in Interoperability of Dublin Core Metadata Records Over Time
The past decade has seen increased interest in and awareness of metadata quality issues relevant to digital library interoperability and the use of harvested metadata. Advice for creating shareable metadata has been presented in several venues, and metadata should be improving in shareable qualities over time. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) analyzed Dublin Core metadata records harvested through OAI-PMH for two metadata aggregations hosted by the UIUC library to determine if metadata are becoming more shareable. Records created over a period of five years were analyzed for quantitative and qualitative changes over time in shareable metadata quality as well as general crosswalking errors, and findings show little change over time. This presentation will focus on harvested metadata, crosswalking, and interoperability of metadata records in an aggregated environment. It will give the audience a concrete data point as to the current state of metadata practice and highlight shareable metadata issues still needing to be addressed by practitioners.
• Kristin Martin, Electronic Resources Cataloger, Catalog Department, UNC Chapel Hill
Topic: Building a Collection of Electronic Theses and Dissertations: Metadata Issues and Lessons Learned
The University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are responsible for providing access to electronic theses and dissertations submitted by students as part of the requirements of the Graduate School. Beginning in Spring 2006, electronic submission of theses was presented as a option to students, and starting in Spring 2008, electronic submission will be mandatory. The University Library and Health Sciences Library traditionally have been responsible for the cataloging of theses, and have continued to hold this responsibility in the electronic realm. The Libraries have developed an online collection to provide access to the electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) as well as continuing to provide access through the catalog. The collection, which resides in CONTENTdm along with many other digital projects, uses an expanded version of Dublin Core to describe the documents.
This presentation will focus on the descriptive metadata standard UNC developed to describe the ETDs, and how that scheme was developed while trying to meet the requirements of a national ETD program, be consistent with other local digital collections’ metadata, and accommodate previous cataloging practice for paper dissertations and theses. It will also go through the process used to map the metadata records into MARC for loading into the catalog, the reasons for choosing to crosswalk from Dublin Core to MARC rather than the other direction, and some of the lessons learned in the mapping process.
Resource Description and Access (RDA) Update Forum
John Attig, ALA Representative to the Joint Steering Committee for the Revision of AACR (JSC) will provide an update on the status of RDA. Most of the session will be devoted to discussion among the attendees and representatives from the JSC.
Digital Library Technologies Interest Group
The meeting will include: 1) Discussion of the upcoming DLTIG annual meeting program in Anaheim, CA titled Institutional Repositories, Mass Digitization, and Preservation; 2) a regular business meeting; and 3) a Share Online Stuff (SOS*) open forum for participants to demonstrate innovative projects and programs.
*SOS provides an open forum for participants to share short demonstrations (5/10 minutes) of innovative digital library projects and programs with attendees. In addition to sharing new digital initiatives, we hope this will spark discussion on program ideas for 2009 ALA annual in Chicago.
CCS Forum on The Report of the LC Working Group for the Future of Bibliographic Control
Catalogers waited, sometimes anxiously, for the report of the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control. Join CCS as two members of the Working Group, Diane Dates Casey and Bob Wolven discuss the report. Mary Catherine Little, Queens Public Library, will comment on the report from the public library perspective, and Mary Charles Lasater will provide a few comments about the ALCTS response. There will be time for questions and comments from the audience.
ALCTS Forum: Moving Library Services to the Network Level
Libraries are increasingly challenged to present their collections and services to their users where those users live and work. Presenting those collections and services on the Open Web has the potential to change the face of library technical services. On Monday, January 14, 10:30 am–Noon in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 108A, Diana Brooking of the University of Washington and Karen Calhoun, Matt Goldner, and Glenn Patton of OCLC will discuss questions and issues raised by these changes from the perspective of cataloging, catalog management, and discovery.
Continuing Resources Cataloging Committee Update Forum
1. LC/ISSN report by Regina Reynolds, Library of Congress
2. CONSER report by Les Hawkins, CONSER
3. CC:DA report by Kevin Randall, Northwestern University
4. RDA report by Kevin Randall, Northwestern University
5. Yee Cataloging Rules, or, Alternative RDA : an experiment in designing a different approach to FRBR-izing the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules with a focus on the rules for continuing resources by Martha Yee, UCLA Film & Television Archive and Ed Jones, National University.
To learn more about Yee Cataloging Rules go to: http://myee.bol.ucla.edu/