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GODORT Steering

Event GODORT Happy Hour

by Samantha Hager on Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 11:43 am

M.J. O'Connor's Irish Pub., in the “Park Room”

(Next to the Boston Park Plaza Hotel)

27 Columbus Avenue

 Boston, MA

 Map: http://tinyurl.com/yausm87

Please stop by to enjoy a brew, catch up with old friends, and make new ones! Everyone is welcome, whether you're a new or long-time GODORT member or just want to hang out with great people.

LIRT Web Advisory Committee (Library Instruction Round Table)

Event Meeting at Midwinter, Seaport Hotel, Seaport A/B

by Amanda Izenstark on Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 11:07 am

The LIRT Web Advisory Committee will be meeting:

Date: Saturday, January 16
Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 noon
Place: Seaport Hotel
Room: Seaport A/B

Maine Library Association

Discussion New MLA mugs at our Cafepress Store

by Sonja Eyler on Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 10:29 am

Please see our online store in Cafepress to promote the Maine Library Association.  New today, coffee mugs!  http://www.cafepress.com/MaineLibraries.424928107

Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL)

Event ARSL Exhibit for the Iowa Small Libraries Association Online Conference

by Sonja Eyler on Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 10:22 am

ARSL is exhibiting at this online conference for the second year in a row.  For more information please go here:  http://sites.google.com/site/islocinfo/

Libraries Foster Community Engagement

Discussion Libraries Foster Civic Engagement Membership Initiative Group Midwinter Meeting, Sunday, January 17, 2010, 1:30 pm

by Nancy Kranich on Tue, Dec 29, 2009 at 03:47 pm

Libraries Foster Civic Engagement Membership Initiative Group
2010 ALA Midwinter Conference – Boston, MA
Sunday, January 17, 2010, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Westin Waterfront, Lewis Room

AGENDA
1. Deliberative Dialogue Public Policy Institute (PPI)  
Late Breaking News: Kettering Foundation Names ALA a PPI
Plans for the Upcoming Year
Launch of ALA's PPI Advisory Committee
Watch for a Press Release Soon!

Libraries Foster Civic Engagement Membership Initiative Group
2010 ALA Midwinter Conference – Boston, MA
Sunday, January 17, 2010, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Westin Waterfront, Lewis Room

AGENDA
1. Deliberative Dialogue Public Policy Institute (PPI)  
Late Breaking News: Kettering Foundation Names ALA a PPI
Plans for the Upcoming Year
Launch of ALA's PPI Advisory Committee
Watch for a Press Release Soon!

2 . Privacy: Who Do You Trust?  
Upcoming Forums
Resources from the OIF Privacy Revolution Website

3. Updates--Civic Engagement Activities Around the Country

4. Other--Send Suggestions to nancy.kranich@nyu.edu

Join Us. Bring Your Colleagues

Civic Engagement Blog-http://discuss.ala.org/civicengagement/
Join us on ALA Connect
Subscribe to ALA's Civic Engagement listserv:
1.     Go to: http://lists.ala.org/wws
2.     Click on “View All Lists”
3.     Scroll down to “deliberate@ala.org
4.     Click on “Subscribe”

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ALA Task Force on proposed Google Book Search (GBS) settlement

Discussion Background on creation of Google Settlement Task Force

by James Rettig on Tue, Dec 29, 2009 at 01:58 pm

The Google Setttlement Task Force was created by an action of the ALA Council at the 2009 Annual Conference in Chicago.  It waf several action recommendations in the report of the Committee on Legislation.  See #20.3 on page 2 of the attached document.

JPEG 2000 in Archives and Libraries Interest Group (LITA)

Event JPEG2000 in Archives and Libraries IG Meeting

by Peter Murray on Mon, Dec 28, 2009 at 03:27 pm

The JPEG2000 in Archives and Libraries Interest Group (J2KIG) will be meeting during the ALA Annual Conference in the Logan Room of the Palmer House on July 11 from 1:30p to 3:00p.

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JPEG 2000 in Archives and Libraries Interest Group (LITA)

Event LITA JPEG2000 Interest Group Meeting

by Peter Murray on Mon, Dec 28, 2009 at 03:26 pm

The JPEG2000 in Libraries and Archives Interest Group will hold a meeting and informal discussion during ALA Midwinter on Saturday, January 16, 2010 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm in room 157B of the Boston Convention Center. All are welcome.

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ALA Emerging Leaders Interest Group

Discussion Emerging Leaders reunion/meetup at ALA MW 2010...

by JP Porcaro on Mon, Dec 21, 2009 at 01:10 pm

The 2010 ALA Emerging Leaders would like to invite all past ALA ELs to our get-together during ALA MW 2010.

The Party for 2010 Emerging Leaders starts at 7, the reunion/meetup for past ELs starts at 9! Hope to see you there!

The 2010 ALA Emerging Leaders would like to invite all past ALA ELs to our get-together during ALA MW 2010.

The Party for 2010 Emerging Leaders starts at 7, the reunion/meetup for past ELs starts at 9! Hope to see you there!

We narrowed down the places to host it to http://jjfoleyscafe.com/ or http://www.districtboston.com/ Please let us know what works for you.

If you have facebook, you can RSVP to our event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=211542317971

Hope to see you there. JP

 

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Cataloging Rules

Discussion Scholarly Article Review

by Jeffrey Beall (non-member) on Sat, Dec 26, 2009 at 04:14 pm

Dolski, Alex A. (2009).  “Information Discovery Insights Gained from MultiPAC, a Prototype Library Discovery System.” Information Technology and Libraries, volume 28, number 4, pages 172-180.

Dolski, Alex A. (2009).  “Information Discovery Insights Gained from MultiPAC, a Prototype Library Discovery System.” Information Technology and Libraries, volume 28, number 4, pages 172-180.

I’ve read hundreds of articles like this one that describe new and experimental discovery systems  in libraries, and, while this article fits into that category, it stands out for what it says about metadata quality. The author, a web and digitization application developer at the University of Nevada Las Vegas libraries, really understands the importance of high quality, consistent metadata that conforms to accepted standards.

Here are two selections from the article that discuss metadata:

“Quality metadata—characterized by unified schemas; useful crosswalking; and consistent, thorough description—facilitates finding and gathering. In practice a surrogate record is as important as the resource it describes. Below a certain quality threshold, its accompanying resource may never be found, in which case it may as well not exist.” (page 178)

“The results from the MultiPAC project suggest that metadata rules should be applied strictly and comprehensively according to library-wide standards that, at our libraries, have yet to be enacted. Surrogate records must be treated as must-have (rather than nice-to-have) features of all resources.  Resources that are not yet described in a system that supports searchable surrogate records should be transitioned to one that does … ” (page 179)

 It’s refreshing to read a discussion of the importance of metadata quality, and in this case, it’s especially refreshing because the author is someone from the technology side of library operations, as opposed to a metadata specialist. I hope that information discovery system designers will  come to appreciate the  value that metadata adds to quality information management and discovery as this author has.

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