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Event Applying Agile Practices to Metadata Workflows: Data and People in Transition

by E. Shieh on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 04:29 pm

 

 

Dates: Monday, June 26 @ 8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Conference Venue: McCormick Place: MCP W190a

Session title: 

Applying Agile Practices to Metadata Workflows: Data and People in Transition

 

Description:

 

Research activities are heavily dependent upon content found on the web. Moreover, the web is moving rapidly from the document-based web to the semantic web where anyone can say anything about any topic (the AAA slogan). http://goo.gl/qHvmST

 

The Semantic Web is a jungle where data are rich and massive, interconnected without roadmaps, index, or guidance. What it has is a series of tools and languages that are making their way into libraries' working spaces. Ontologies, linked data, RDF, data modeling, metadata, identity management, etc., have been morphed into common vocabularies for information services. Our cataloging and metadata community embraced the RDF language as a potential replacement for MARC as the current encoding standard. Cataloging professionals have begun preparing the alignment of libraries' very siloed MARC data to linked open data. While many of us still consider the semantic web that moves library data toward linked data as a daunting revolution for the profession, others remain skeptical of its potential and usefulness.

 

In adjusting to the challenges of transitioning library data toward linked data, library technical services managers have been looking for practices that will enable them to create robust and responsive services in order to deliver more returns. Some have found the trend in software development industry of applying agile principles for deliverables very applicable and attractive for managing library projects. Its acceptance is gaining momentum in libraries beyond their IT departments. How will the team-based approach help transitioning workflows that involve library data and library staff who need reassurances about their talents and contributions? In an effort to offer new ways of thinking about how metadata and cataloging work is accomplished, this session will look at both an implementation of a linked data-based workflow and a separate environment that utilizes agile project management to deliver results.

 

Speakers:

Lisa Lorenzo
Metadata Librarian
Michigan State University
lorenzo7@mail.lib.msu.edu

Kate Harcourt
Director, Original and Special Materials Cataloging
Columbia University Libraries
harcourt@columbia.edu

Melanie Wacker, @mwacker3
Metadata Coordinator
Columbia University Libraries
mw2064@columbia.edu

 


Speaker Bios & Abstracts:

Agile and Scrum in the Michigan State University Libraries Digital Repository

Lisa Bio:

Lisa Lorenzo is a metadata librarian at Michigan State University Libraries working primarily with the library’s digital repository metadata. She is a member of an Agile development team working to improve and expand the MSUL digital repository and is responsible for transforming metadata from various sources and formats into standards-compliant MODS and Dublin Core to facilitate searching within the repository and metadata reuse in other systems, such as the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Lisa’s recent projects undertaken with her colleagues on the development team include normalizing MODS records across all collections in the repository, updating and implementing local metadata guidelines documentation, and dynamically generating JSON-LD metadata as part of an experimental search engine optimization initiative. She also has a quarter-time appointment as a reference librarian and participates in national and regional professional organizations.

 

 

Abstract:
In 2014, Michigan State University Libraries (MSUL) launched its online digital repository, a Fedora Commons repository with an Islandora front end. As the repository’s development team (RepoTeam) grew and more collections were slated for ingestion into the site, the need for a structured project management approach became apparent. In 2016, Scrum, an Agile project management framework, was adopted. RepoTeam’s use of the Scrum framework has evolved as its members have changed and the digital repository has expanded to include more collections. This presentation will outline the Scrum-based Agile framework used in the development of the MSUL digital repository with particular attention to how this process has improved metadata creation and maintenance. It will also provide a discussion on the challenges and limitations of adapting a project management style designed for a corporate software development setting to a library environment.

 

 

Applying Agile Practices to People in Transition

Kate Bio:

Kate Harcourt is the Director of Original And Special Materials Processing at Columbia University Libraries and Information Services. The Division consists of 9 librarians and  6 support staff. She manages original cataloging including rare books, digital metadata and special formats such as Music and Serials.  The Division is the home for projects and new initiatives such as web archiving and she has been active in Mellon and CLIR grants including  2CUL and LD4P (Linked Data for Production).  Kate has been Columbia’s PCC BIBCO representative since 1997 and is the outgoing Chair of the PCC.  During her tenure as Chair, several key committees were formed in response to the PCC Vision, Mission and Strategic Directions to move the community forward in linked data and identities management. She has published papers in Library Resources and Technical Services and Collaborative Librarianship.


Abstract:
This presentation will address ways in which managers can use agile practices developed for software development to empower staff and create a workplace culture that encourages collaboration and experimentation.  
 

 

Managing Ongoing Change in Columbia's Metadata Workflows

Melanie Bio:

Melanie Wacker is Metadata Coordinator at Columbia University Libraries and Information Services. She works with colleagues across the organization to ensure the integration of digital metadata with local and national systems to enable information discovery. Her responsibilities include development of application profiles for digital collections, metadata creation, training, consultations, and NACO/SACO work. Melanie is currently the Columbia lead for her institution’s LD4P (Linked Data for Production) project participation. She is active in several national and international committees and task forces and has published papers in Library Resources and Technical Services, Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, Alexandria, and Journal of Library Metadata.
 


Abstract:
Columbia University Libraries’ non-MARC metadata workflow does not exist in a vacuum. Many outside influences have introduced change in recent years. Faceted discovery interfaces, new cataloging rules (RDA), metadata doing double duty in various systems, more sprint-oriented development approaches and a move towards linked data have played a role. Adapting to ongoing change has become the new normal.


This presentation will explore first the types of changes that have become necessary to our workflow both in response to current developments and in order to produce more linked-data ready metadata for the future and then take a look at the impact that this has had on staff development and responsibilities.

 

Speaker slides will be attached when available.

 

 

 

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Spectrum & Diversity Scholars Community

Discussion Call for Proposals: Tech Tools Lightning Round (July 13 at Adler University in Chicago) - Chicago Distance Library Services Group

by Twanna Hodge on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 02:23 pm

Deadline is June 30th, 2017. 
 
The Chicago Distance Library Services Group is calling for presenter submissions for a Tech Tools Lightning Round to be held on Thursday, July 13, at Adler University in Chicago, IL. Share the free or inexpensive tech tools you use to reach distance or online library users! Tell us about the problems these tools have helped you solve, and share examples of your process or projects.
 

Deadline is June 30th, 2017. 
 
The Chicago Distance Library Services Group is calling for presenter submissions for a Tech Tools Lightning Round to be held on Thursday, July 13, at Adler University in Chicago, IL. Share the free or inexpensive tech tools you use to reach distance or online library users! Tell us about the problems these tools have helped you solve, and share examples of your process or projects.
 
Speakers should expect to speak for no longer than 10 minutes, with a few minutes reserved for questions. For consideration, submit proposals to our online submission form by June 30th, 2017.

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Spectrum & Diversity Scholars Community

Discussion JoVE Librarian Travel Award

by Twanna Hodge on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 02:00 pm

Apply TODAY for the Charleston Edition of the Award: Deadline is 8/18/17 @ Midnight PT.
MLA Award Recipients have been announced: Meet the 3 librarians awarded
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Apply TODAY for the Charleston Edition of the Award: Deadline is 8/18/17 @ Midnight PT.
MLA Award Recipients have been announced: Meet the 3 librarians awarded
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The JoVE Librarian Travel Award

JoVE will award 6 librarians who are taking leadership roles to raise awareness about Scientific Research Reproducibility in their communities with (1) a travel grant to the MLA'17 Annual Meeting or the 2017 Charleston Conference and (2) the opportunity to showcase their initiative(s) with video.  

How to Apply

To apply, please create an account at the bottom of this page. Once logged in, submission fields will appear at the bottom of the page. Fill out the form and submit your application materials. You will receive a confirmation email after you have submitted. Should you have any questions, please contact us at librarianaward@jove.com 

Terms and Eligibility

Each awarded librarian will be reimbursed up to $1,500 for conference related expenses. Interviews and video shoots about each librarian's initiative will happen at their institution or on site at the conference. 

  • Applicants must be currently employed as Librarians in an Academic, Medical, or Research Institution.
  • Applicants must select if they are applying to attend the MLA or the Charleston conference. A librarian who wants to be considered for both the conferences should submit two individual applications; however please note that the same person can only receive the award for only one conference.
  • Applications must be received by the deadline (MLA deadline is 2/24/17, Charleston deadline is 8/18/17). 

 

Application Requirements

JoVE empowers:

  • Collaboration between librarians and scientists/faculty/students in the context of the reproducibility crisis.
  • The use of new technologies for scientific research in the context of the reproducibility crisis.
  • Creative ways libraries spread information within academic and non academic institutions.

In that spirit, each applicant should submit:

A one-page essay (500 words max.) describing the librarian’s initiative to raise awareness on the reproducibility crisis, including the tools they make available to their researchers and faculty. Providing specific examples of initiatives are encouraged and supporting materials* can be uploaded together with the essay but it is not mandatory. Any results or evaluation data from past initiatives will also be considered as supporting materials. 

* For example but not limited to the following: Libguides URLs, Flyers, Email and Social Media Campaigns, Blogs, Orientation Packages, Videos, etc. 

Evaluation Criteria

A jury of academic librarians will judge the applications using a 'blind review' process. The five main criteria on which applications will be judged are: (1) Submission is well written and addresses the theme, (2) Specific examples of campaigns or activities are provided, (3) Specific resources, tools, or technologies selected by librarians for scientists' use or for communication are shared, (4) The initiative(s) are well designed and creative, and (5) Submission includes how the initiative(s) will be assessed and evaluated. 

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ALCTS CMS Collection Management and Electronic Resources Interest Group

Event E-Resource Preservation Strategies (CMERIG Session @ ALA Annual 2017)

by Sunshine Carter on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 01:20 pm

The ALCTS Collection Management and Electronic Resources Interest Group (CMERIG) is pleased to announce its program for ALA Annual in Chicago. The program’s theme is “E-resource Preservation Strategies”  and will feature three speakers.

TimeSunday, June 25, 3:00-4:00 PM

LocationMcCormick Place, Room W178a

Program: 

The ALCTS Collection Management and Electronic Resources Interest Group (CMERIG) is pleased to announce its program for ALA Annual in Chicago. The program’s theme is “E-resource Preservation Strategies”  and will feature three speakers.

TimeSunday, June 25, 3:00-4:00 PM

LocationMcCormick Place, Room W178a

Program: 

The Band-Aid Approach: Providing Access to Locally Hosted Perpetual Access

Sunshine Carter, Electronic Resources Librarian, University of Minnesota Libraries

Figuring out how to handle post-cancellation access can be a daunting task.  Hear about an informal approach being tested at the University of Minnesota Libraries to provide both discovery and access for acquired data sets, PDF documents and post-cancellation access.

Internet Archive: Ideas for Proactive and Patron-Friendly Use

Susan J Wishnetsky, Assistant Collections Librarian, Northwestern University

When open access titles, small society newsletters, or government agency publications disappear from their web sites, we know that Internet Archive is likely to have saved a backup, often with all the content still available and intact.  Instead of suppressing our catalog records and directing patrons to the Wayback Machine to perform another search, why not use Internet Archive’s links to make the process seamless for our patrons?  And with Internet Archive’s “Save Page Now” feature, we can also make sure that vulnerable content is captured before it’s too late, helping to ensure its preservation for the future.

Workarounds for Post-Cancellation Access Rights and Records in Electronic Resource Management Tools

Christina Geuther, Electronic Resources Librarian & Assistant Professor, Kansas State University

Electronic resource management tools were not built for cancellations, but adding to collections.  In an environment of cuts and cancellations, metadata and acquisitions departments at Kansas State University put their heads together to activate perpetual access for electronic collections, provide for their record discovery when it was no longer hosted, and document the status within the Ex Libris Alma system.  In a few cases, the consortial agents of license agreements were by this time defunct.  The librarians tracked down paper trails from a ten year period, at a time when licenses were just starting to include post-cancellation rights language.

See you in Chicago! 

Sunshine Carter (Chair) & Michael Fernandez (Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect)

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ALCTS Publisher / Vendor Library Relations (PVLR) Interest Group

Online Doc ALCTS Publisher/Vendor/Library Relations (PVLR) Interest Group seeks new Co-Chair

by Lee Sochay on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 12:26 pm

The ALCTS Publisher-Vendor-Library Relations IG (PVLR) is looking for one (1) new co-chair for 2017-2019 to serve alongside two new co-chairs, Elizabeth Wallace from the University of Alberta Libraries and Carolyn Morris from Baker & Taylor. Terms begin after the 2017 ALA Annual Conference and co-chairs are expected to attend both ALA Annual and Midwinter conferences. The PVLR is a long-standing interest group with roots in fostering communication and discussing issues of mutual interest.

Charge: PVLR will create formal and informal settings for the discussion of issues and trends of interest to publishers, vendors, librarians, and others concerned with the business aspects of library collections and technical services, and will highlight best practices among our constituent groups.

With work divided among three (3) Co-Chairs, the demands on time are quite manageable and the discussions are worthwhile to all constituent groups.

Co-Chairs need to be or become an ALCTS member and have an active interest in developing programs and discussions to benefit the relations of publishers, vendors, and libraries.

Please respond with your interest to:

Suzanne Kemperman (Co-Chair, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)

(kempers@oclc.org)

Lee Sochay (Co-Chair, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)

sochayle@msu.edu

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ALCTS Publisher / Vendor Library Relations (PVLR) Interest Group

Online Doc ALCTS Publisher/Vendor/Library Relations (PVLR) Interest Group at ALA Annual 2017

by Lee Sochay on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 12:13 pm

The ALCTS Publisher/Vendor/Library Relations (PVLR) Interest Group invites you for a discussion on Streaming Videos - Opportunities and Challenges in Libraries.

About the topic:

The ALCTS Publisher/Vendor/Library Relations (PVLR) Interest Group invites you for a discussion on Streaming Videos - Opportunities and Challenges in Libraries.

About the topic:

Today, people increasingly demand access to content where and when they want it. Streaming video and video-on-demand has become a very popular format for entertainment and informational purposes. There are many new vendors in this growing market place. Libraries are experiencing an increasing number of requests for these types of resources. At the same time, there are many challenges that make acquiring these resources unmanageable, restrictive or impossible for libraries. Among these challenges are the understanding and management of different business models such as PDA, DDA, or subscription-based services and the fact that licensing requirements may be either non-existent or not friendly to library services. In addition, purchasing requirements from a diverse pool of vendors cause inefficiency in acquisitions workflows. There are varying quality of metadata in MARC records for video materials and hurdles in the management of authentication and the accessibility, including compliance with usability and accessibility standards for users with physical disabilities.  

 This session will bring librarians and industry professionals together for a discussion of ideas and suggestions for best practices and to improve standardization, compliance and efficiency within the marketplace so the needs of library users can be met. 

Presenters:

Tom Humphrey, COO, Kanopy

Kanopy is a video streaming platform for colleges and public libraries. Kanopy’s collection includes over 30,000 documentaries, indie films, foreign language cinema, and learning titles. Tom has a passion for film and believes firmly in its role in its power to engage, educate, and impact. Tom holds Law and Business degrees from the University of New South Wales and a MBA from Harvard University.

Peter Ciuffetti, VP of Product Development, Alexander Street Press

Pete has been a technologist in the industry for over 30 years working for companies that produce library information products.  He's held senior technical positions at SilverPlatter, KnowledgeCite, HW Wilson and Credo Reference.  Pete gets inspired working with librarians, many of who are early adopters, passionately service oriented and can accomplish amazing things with limited resources.

Amanda Maple, Music Librarian and Acting Head Arts and Humanities Library, Penn State University Libraries

As music librarian at the Penn State University Libraries, Amanda Maple provides leadership for music and video collections and services. She earned a Master of Science degree from the School of Library Service at Columbia University in New York, and a Master of Music degree from Florida State University. Before joining the Penn State University Libraries in 1994, Amanda held library positions at St. Olaf College and at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Matthew J. Wayman, Head Librarian, Ciletti Memorial Library, Penn State Schuylkill

Matthew has been serving for the past year as Acting Acquisitions Librarian for Penn State University, in addition to his regular duties. He earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Library Service degrees from Rutgers University, as well as a Master of Arts in History from Temple University. He joined Penn State University as a reference librarian at Penn State Abington in 2000, and has worked at Penn State Schuylkill since 2008.

About the event:

Time: Monday, June26, 8:30am-10:00am

Location: McCormick Place West, Room W175c

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ACRL LES Membership Committee (Literatures in English Section)

Event LES General Membership Forum - changing roles of liaison librarians

by Meg Meiman on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 12:09 pm

Has your role as a liaison librarian changed over time? Have your job
expectations and duties as liaison librarian recently shifted a bit--or
dramatically?

If your answer is yes, please join us! The LES
General Membership Forum will be on Saturday, June 24 from 4 pm - 5:30 pm in
Palmer House, La Salle 2. Then join us for the LES Social afterward.

Has your role as a liaison librarian changed over time? Have your job
expectations and duties as liaison librarian recently shifted a bit--or
dramatically?

If your answer is yes, please join us! The LES
General Membership Forum will be on Saturday, June 24 from 4 pm - 5:30 pm in
Palmer House, La Salle 2. Then join us for the LES Social afterward.

For more details, click on this insanely long Google doc link:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gyjFm6rG9tcDIC0l1JQGWGCO9h8B7sgahupd21IhLOI/edit?usp=sharing

Hope to see you there! And if you're interested in helping to kick off the
discussion, email me at meg.meiman@gmail.com.

Cheers,
Meg Meiman
Head of Teaching & Learning
Indiana University, Bloomington

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GODORT (Government Documents Round Table)

Discussion Final Reminder: GODORT 101 & Happy Hour

by Rachel Dobkin on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 11:59 am

Full Schedule: http://wikis.ala.org/godort/images/4/42/Conference_Schedule_annual_2017.pdf

 

especially:

GODORT 101-- everyone should come! Friday, June 23 3-4 Palmer

 

GODORT Happy Hour: Friday June 23 4:30-6:30 Miller's Pub

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