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ALCTS e-Forum: Cataloging and Metadata Education

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 9:00 am to Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 5:00 pm, US/Central

ALCTS e-Forum: Cataloging and Metadata Education

March 20-21, 2018


Moderated by Christopher Dieckman, Erin Elzi, and Janelle Zetty


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.


To maintain relevance in a rapidly evolving and increasingly complex information landscape, cataloging and metadata specialists must continually reassess formal L.I.S. education and its relationship to their work. This e-forum intends to address the current state of postgraduate education in cataloging and metadata and its efficacy in preparing students for professional practice. Topics may include, but are not limited to, how cataloging and metadata is covered in library science courses, whether this information is applicable with current demands, and what we can do to change or contribute to it.



Christopher Dieckman is a Metadata & Cataloging Librarian at Iowa State University. In addition to other projects, he oversees the copy cataloging of serials and media as well as performs original cataloging on a variety of format types. He earned his M.L.I.S. from Kent State University in 2013.


Erin Elzi is the Design and Discovery Librarian at the University of Denver. Prior to this, she held the position of Cataloging and Metadata Librarian at DU, and Technical Services Librarian at the Bard Graduate Center. She also teaches Metadata Architectures in DU's LIS program.


Janelle Zetty is the Head of Cataloging at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is the departmental librarian for the College of Engineering and an indexer for the Bayou State Periodicals Index. She has previous experience cataloging in a public library.


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.