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Cataloging Norms Interest Group - Annual Meeting in DC

ALA ALCTS CCS Cataloging Norms Interest Group
Saturday, June 26, 2010, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

1. Authority control and the digital repository: what happens to controlled vocabulary once it's outside the ILS?
Karen Miller (Monographic/Digital Projects Cataloger, Northwestern University Library)

[See attached file below for slides]

Most libraries have figured out how to update the ILS with MARC authority changes, but authority control in digital repositories is another story. As catalogers become more integrated into digital projects workflow, they incorporate controlled vocabulary into metadata used outside the ILS and the realm of traditional authority control. Catalogers may be creating MARC records which are repurposed by export from the ILS or they may be creating metadata outside the ILS directly in XML, but drawing on a controlled vocabulary. Controlled vocabulary terms slowly but inevitably become out of synch with the original authority file used to supply them. Preferred terminology changes, people die, and authority files are updated. This presentation will examine the scope of metadata synchronization issues with special focus on authority control and describe efforts underway at NUL to address them.

2. Best Practices for CONTENTdm Users Creating Shareable Metadata
Sheila Bair (Metadata & Cataloging Librarian, Western Michigan University)
Myung-Ja Han (Metadata Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

[See attachment below for slides]

The OCLC CONTENTdm Metadata Working Group consists of thirty-four members representing libraries, archives, and museums. Meeting from August through December of 2009 through bi-weekly telephone conferences, the group discussed issues dealing with mandatory core elements, Dublin Core-to-MARC mapping, and content standards relevant to the use of CONTENTdm and the OCLC Digital Collection Gateway. The group has developed a draft “Best Practices for CONTENTdm Users Creating Shareable Metadata.” The presentation will introduce some of the issues related to migrating metadata from CONTENTdm to WorldCat (from Dublin Core to MARC) using the Gateway and the solutions the group has developed so far.

3. Discovery Layer or Monster Mash?

Marliese Thomas (Database Enhancement Librarian, Auburn University Libraries)

Discovery solutions have recently allowed us to search more and search more differently than ever before. However, when Auburn University began working with VuFind, and later EBSCO Discovery Service, we "discovered" exactly how important metadata placement and consistency can be. See how we have identified these trouble areas and how we are trying to resolve mapping issues to maximize the benefits of these new technologies. http://prezi.com/zt6fdp7wn24l/ala-cataloging-norms/