Cataloging Norms Interest Group

Saturday, January 31, 2015 -
10:30am to 11:30am

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“Utility of the legacy MARC records: Analyses and Ways to Support Discovery Services.”

The role of metadata is changing in the context of large digital initiatives that depend on bibliographic control to support discovery of digitized books and serials for users from diverse academic backgrounds. Such large-scale digital initiatives require accurate, reliable, and detailed metadata to support the research needs of users searching the corpus. In order to help meet the challenges faced by researchers, the HathiTrust Research Center was launched to develop software and tools for computational access to digital texts. Our research looks closer at MARC fields to characterize the consistency of the data used in HathiTrust. This presentation reports on how catalogers used MARC data in practice by analyzing a sample set of MARC records supplied by HathiTrust.

“Ready…Set…URIs… Actionable! --Experiencing a Linked Data Mindset Now. --Preparing For the Next Generation Search and Discovery Environment.”

Linked Data has gained momentum in the library community. Many colleagues outside of technical services have equipped themselves with skills that will usher library research to a level of service that Web platforms already provide. The George Washington University Libraries, in its role as one of the BIBFRAME Experimenters and Testers, introduced the use of $0 to convey the concept of linking an authorized access point. This presentation proposes to share: 1) Ways in which $0 has anchored staff education about linked data concepts, e.g. identities, vocabularies, and “things not strings”—data, and how it has demonstrated more concretely the use and benefits of actionable URIs contributed by information professionals; and 2)Tools and techniques for incorporating URIs into regular cataloging workflows at the time of cataloging or batch processing.

“MarcMaker: A Metadata Creation Tool.”

The Library has to work with an ever-increasing number of resources, notably foreign language materials and gift collections that should be made accessible to users in a timely manner. In order to make these resources searchable and discoverable in the OPAC, each item should have descriptive metadata that requires intensive training to create. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library launched a project, MarcMaker, to improve the productivity of metadata workflow and visibility of Library’s hidden collections to users. The goal of the project is to build a web application that would facilitate a metadata workflow that is simple, easy, and fast. By exploiting metadata workflows and technologies that are already in use, e.g., JavaScript, XSLT, and other web technologies, the project develops a web form that allows anyone to add information that is essential to resource discovery. This presentation will showcase the web application developed by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library as well as challenges encountered and plans for future development and use cases.

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Why did this session begin evidently well in advance of the 10:30 advertised start time? The session was in progress by around 10:20.

Where can we find the slides for the presentations?

The presentation slides will be posted on our ALA Connect site.

This session did begin a few minutes early--maybe five. Typical ALA overflow crowd. Good presentations!