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:

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 ( 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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