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ALCTS e-Forum: Adapting Cataloging Workflows to a Batch Processing Environment

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 9:00 am to Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 5:00 pm, US/Central

ALCTS e-Forum: Adapting Cataloging Workflows to a Batch Processing Environment

November 14-15, 2017


Moderated by Ethan Fenichel, Ariel Turner, and Susan Wynne


Please join us for an e-forum discussion. It’s free and open to everyone!

Registration information is at the end of the message.


Each day, discussion begins and ends at:

Pacific: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Mountain: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Central: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Eastern: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Libraries increasingly rely on vendor-supplied records to improve efficiency and reduce duplication of effort. The quality of records may vary widely, and libraries may also need to make changes for local systems or workflows. Batch processing can be an efficient strategy to correct or enhance sets of records, but the power of batch processing tools also comes with many challenges and complexities. In this e-Forum, we will discuss the technical and organizational opportunities associated with managing vendor records, including issues of quality, techniques and tools for batch processing and loading, and workflows and best practices for vendor record sets.



Ethan Fenichel is the E-Resources Access Management Librarian at the Florida Atlantic University. His responsibilities include developing and overseeing workflows for ingesting MARC records in batch. Ethan handles automation but with safety gloves. Find him on Twitter at @ethandf


Ariel Turner is the Interim Director of Technical Services at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. She has previously worked as the Discovery Librarian and the Automation and Batch Cataloging Librarian, also at Kennesaw State.


Susan Wynne recently became the Catalog Management Librarian (unofficial title: Catalog Wrangler) at the University of Iowa. Previously, she worked at Georgia State University and the University of Wyoming. Susan is chair of the CaMMS Executive Committee for 2017-2018. Find her on Twitter at @wynne_susan


What Is an e-Forum?

An ALCTS e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate with other participants through an email discussion. Most e-forums last two to three days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it's free.


For information about upcoming e-forums, please visit http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/e-forum


How to Register

You must register your email address to subscribe to or access an electronic discussion list on ALA's Mailing List Service. Once you have registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the list. Find instructions for subscribing and unsubscribing online. (http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/e-forum/sympa)


If you have any problems, please contact alcts-eforum-request@ala.org.