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Holdings Information Forum: Quality Standards in Batch Records and Adventures in Cooperative Cataloging: Many Hands Make Light Work

Saturday, June 23, 2012
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

US/Pacific (-7)

In the information rich, content heavy world of today’s cataloging, you might end up with too much of a good thing—or in the case of batch records, what you end up with might not be good enough. Come learn about the valuable experience that large scale digitization projects such as HathiTrust have in collecting record information for content ingest and in creating tools to help institutions get records. Also, hear an update on the HathiTrust Print Holdings Database Project.

Cooperative cataloging allows for shared work to benefit from a variety of experienced participants. The CONSER Open Access Journal Project cooperatively targets the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) to assure that CONSER records are available for all journals in the collection. It is designed to provide on-going coverage of new titles added to DOAJ. CONSER records are used by electronic resource management and access systems to track e-journal collections such as DOAJ and other e-journal collections. Come hear more about the project and plans for future projects. Finally, some libraries have decided that they no longer want to load individual MARC records at all. Learn what other options might be possible in the form of publisher reported holdings via OCLC Worldcat. Working together, we can accomplish more.


Jonathan E. Rothman, Head, Library Systems Office, University of Michigan University Library
Jon Rothman is the Head of the Library Systems Office at the University of Michigan, where he has been managing the collection and use of bibliographic and holdings–related metadata for the HathiTrust. He has been working with batch-processing of library metadata for over 30 years.

Les Hawkins, CONSER Coordinator, Library of Congress
Les Hawkins has worked at the Library of Congress in several positions since 1982 and has been coordinator of the CONSER program since 2003. CONSER is the Cooperative Serials Program of the PCC, an authoritative source for bibliographic records, documentation, and training materials for serials cataloging. As CONSER Coordinator Les provides support to CONSER members in developing cooperative cataloging projects, training material and documentation.

Theodore Fons, Executive Director, WorldCat Global Metadata Network, OCLC
Ted directs three different components of OCLC's metadata services: The Batch Services group coordinates the loading and ongoing synchronization of thousands of library catalogs with WorldCat. Ted brings more than a decade of experience in the integrated library system industry to his role as Director of the WorldCat Global Metadata Network.

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