ALCTS CRS (Continuing Resources Section) Section
Are you a member of ALA’s Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) who works with continuing resources? Would you like to become more active in ALCTS? If you answered “yes!” to both of these questions, the Continuing Resources Section of ALCTS might be for you.
The Continuing Resources Section of ALCTS seeks volunteers for its committees and award juries. Committee appointments are for two years and run from July 2015-June 2017. Award jury appointments are for one year and run from July 2015-June 2016. Virtual appointments are available for those who are unable to attend ALA Midwinter and ALA Annual in person, but who are still interested in being involved.
For more information about the Continuing Resources Section and its committees and award juries, visit the Continuing Resources Section’s page on the ALA website (http://www.ala.org/alcts/mgrps/crs).
Though the ALCTS appointment cycle is drawing to a close, it’s not too late to get involved. To volunteer for a Continuing Resources Section committee, fill out the volunteer form (http://www.ala.org/alcts/mgrps/howto/vol_form) or contact me directly (email@example.com). Feel free to contact me directly with any questions you might have about the Continuing Resources Section and its committees.
Thanks, in advance, for your consideration.
Chair-Elect, ALCTS Continuing Resources Section (2014-2015)
Joint forum of the CRS Holdings Information Committee and the CRS Cataloging Committee. The first hour will be presentations about Linked Data and holdings and the second hour will be hands on case studies of creating Linked Data using the free tool Viewshare.
From pre-conferences to webinars, there is a lot of talk recently about Linked Data. However, so far only large resource-rich organizations seem to have projects underway. Is the utilization of Linked Data even possible—or relevant—for my library? How would I even get started? Join the Holdings and Cataloging Committees to learn more. Richard Wallis from OCLC will discuss the recent release of records for Linked Data. Eric Miller of Zepheira will explain why the use of Linked Data is so exciting from a holdings perspective. The second half of our forum will show real life examples put together using free tools by brave volunteers from libraries just like yours! We know you are out there, come share your experiences with those eager to begin linking data!
>Richard Wallis, distinguished thought leader in Semantic Web and Linked Data technology, joined OCLC in 2012 as Technology Evangelist.
Richard has been at the forefront of emerging Web and Semantic Web technologies in the wider information world for over 20 years. He is an active blogger, and was a regular podcaster in the "Talking with Talis" series. From 2008 to 2010, he hosted and chaired "Library 2.0 Gang," a monthly round-table podcast series that brought together thought leaders, movers and shakers, and executives from leading organizations in library technology.
Richard most recently had been with Talis, a Linked Data and Semantic Web technology organization in the United Kingdom. He is based in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
>Eric Miller is the President of Zepheira, Inc. which provides both technology and business solutions to effectively integrate, navigate and manage data across personal, group and enterprise boundaries.
Most recently, Eric led the Semantic Web Initiative for the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) at MIT. During his work at the W3C, Eric's responsibilities included the architectural and technical leadership in the design and evolution of the Semantic Web. Responsibilities also included working with W3C members to develop global Web standards and conventions that support Semantic Web requirements and to establish liaisons with other technical standards bodies and related industries to ensure compliance with existing Semantic Web standards and collect requirements for future W3C work in this area.
Before joining the W3C, Eric was a Senior Research Scientist at OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. in Dublin, Ohio and the co-founder and Associate Director of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, an open forum engaged in the development of interoperable online metadata standards that support a broad range of purposes and business models.
Eric holds a Research Scientist position at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory where he is a Principal Investigator on the MIT SIMILE project focused on developing robust, open source tools based on Semantic Web technologies that improve access, management and reuse among digital resources.