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Heads of Cataloging Interest Group

Monday, June 30, 2014
8:30 am to 10:00 am, US/Pacific

The ALCTS Heads of Cataloging Interest Group invites you to join our two distinguished speakers in Las Vegas. We continue our theme from the last Midwinter Meetings discussing how to “transform” the areas of cataloging and metadata. I. What’s the use?: Searching for catalog user tasks beyond finding, identifying, selecting, and obtaining (Presenter: Marty Kurth) The prospect of the widespread exposure of library bibliographic data on the open web offers librarians the opportunity to question our assumptions about how users typically engage those data. In this presentation, Marty Kurth will present preliminary findings from his examination of the generic tasks of library catalog users defined in Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records in light of both the migration of bibliographic data to the web and of the web’s collaborative capabilities. Speaker’s Bio: Marty Kurth is the Director of Knowledge Access and Resource Management Services at the NYU Division of Libraries. He has worked in academic libraries since 1988 and at NYU since 2010. Marty’s research interests concern the future of the library catalog and the role of library bibliographic data in how people seek and share information on the web. II. Local problems, shared solutions (Presenter: Chia Naun Chew) A theme that came out of a recent Cornell management retreat was that it was in our interests to seek global solutions to local problems wherever possible. Collaboration, however, can mean a number of quite different things. This talk will consider the different forces that come into play when libraries undertake shared efforts. Speakers’ Bio: Chew Chiat Naun is Director, Cataloging & Metadata Services at Cornell University Library. He is a graduate of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and has held cataloguing positions there and at the University of Illinois and the University of Minnesota. He has been active in ALCTS and PCC. 

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Presentation Slides from 2014 ALA Annual Meeting