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Attending the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, GA?  Are you interested all things metadata?  Mark your calendars and attend our lightning talk session during the Metadata Interest Group Meeting on Sunday, January 22 from 8:30-10:00 in Georgia World Congress Center, room B204.  Following the lightning talks, a business meeting of the Metadata Interest Group will be held.  Presenters include:

Presentation Title: Automating XML remediation with Python’s lxml package and schematron

Join the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group in Orlando for our meeting at ALA Annual 2016 at the Orange County Convention Center, Room W102A. We will have two presentations (see below) followed by our business meeting and election. Please join us!

Diverse and Inclusive Metadata: Developing Cultural Competencies in Descriptive Practices, part 2

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Discussion Metadata Interest Group Program at ALA Annual 2017

by Michael Bolam on Tue, May 16, 2017 at 10:59 am

Are you preparing to migrate out of a legacy system?  Do you have questions about metadata remediation, repurposing, or enhancement?  Of course, you do and we are here to help.  During ALA Annual in Chicago, The ALCTS Metadata Interest Group will be sponsoring Metadata Migrations: Managing Methods and Mayhem on Sunday June 25th from 3-4 pm in Room W185bc.

Are you preparing to migrate out of a legacy system?  Do you have questions about metadata remediation, repurposing, or enhancement?  Of course, you do and we are here to help.  During ALA Annual in Chicago, The ALCTS Metadata Interest Group will be sponsoring Metadata Migrations: Managing Methods and Mayhem on Sunday June 25th from 3-4 pm in Room W185bc.  During this time, come hear experiences from the front lines with presentations from Maggie Dickson-Metadata Architect from Duke University Libraries; and Gretchen Gueguen-Data Services Coordinator from DPLA. Looking forward in seeing you all in Chicago.  Do not forget to add this event to your ALA Conference Scheduler.

Title: Looking Back, Moving Forward: Remediating 20+ Years of Digital Collections Metadata

Maggie Dickson
Metadata Architect
Duke University Libraries

Abstract: In 2015, DUL began the process of migrating its digital collections to the Duke Digital Repository, a Fedora/Hydra/Blacklight-based platform. In preparation for this migration, we undertook a large-scale analysis and remediation of metadata describing approximately 112,000 items, created over the course of twenty years, by many different people, and using many different schemas and standards (or not). We formed a task group to make decisions, identify and engage stakeholders, and guide the workflow. This involved reviewing existing properties and values and evaluating the adoption of standards and vocabularies, with an eye toward linked open data and sharing our resources with the DPLA and beyond. The remediation itself (which at the time of this proposal is ongoing) is being completed using OpenRefine, scripting, and many good old spreadsheets. This presentation will describe the process, its challenges and successes, and future directions.

Title: The Never-Ending Migration

Gretchen Gueguen
Data Services Coordinator
Digital Public Library of America

Abstract: What if all you did was migrate metadata from one system to another? In a sense, that is what metadata mapping at DPLA is like. The first 2.5 million records were harvested and mapped in 2013 from 500 initial partners. Since then DPLA's collection has grown to nearly 15 million records from more than 2000 contributing institutions. Since the project relies on metadata harvesting and synchronization, metadata is continually being harvested and mapped. This presentation will explore the tools and techniques that DPLA uses to analyze and map metadata from a variety of standard and bespoke metadata formats into a normalized application profile. Recently DPLA has been developing a new open source tool that can be used by anyone to harvest and map and analyze metadata from common data sources such as OAI feeds. Work on the creation of these tools as well as data quality efforts at DPLA will be reviewed.

 

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Discussion Metadata Interest Group Meeting at ALA Annual

by Michael Bolam on Tue, May 16, 2017 at 10:57 am

Join the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group in Orlando for our meeting at ALA Annual 2017 at McComick Place, Room W102A, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM. We will have a presentation by the ALCTS/LITA Metadata Standards Committee on evaluating metadata standards, followed by our business meeting and election. Please join us!

Evaluating Metadata Standards – Principles into Practice

Join the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group in Orlando for our meeting at ALA Annual 2017 at McComick Place, Room W102A, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM. We will have a presentation by the ALCTS/LITA Metadata Standards Committee on evaluating metadata standards, followed by our business meeting and election. Please join us!

Evaluating Metadata Standards – Principles into Practice

Jenn Riley, Lauren Corbett, and Erik Mitchell will present on their work in the Metadata Standards Committee in applying the principles (http://metaware.buzz/2016/08/04/principles-for-evaluating-metadata-standards/) to an example standard (the NISO Sample Tag Suite).  The principles for evaluation were developed in 2016 to give metadata communities a common tool to explore standards design.  The team will discuss the process for identifying standards to evaluate and approach to reviewing standards as well as the outcomes, lessons learned and next steps for the metadata principles.

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Online Doc Call for Nominations 2017

by Liz Woolcott on Thu, May 11, 2017 at 12:58 pm

The ALCTS Metadata Interest Group has the following offices open for election:

  • Vice-Chair/Chair Elect (Vice-Chair 2017-2018, Chair 2018-2019)
  • Program Co-Chair (2017-2019)
  • Secretary (2017-2019)

Terms are two years and begin following ALA Annual 2017. Officers must be able to commit to attending both ALA Midwinter and ALA Annual during their terms.

Elections will be held during the Metadata Interest Group meeting on Sunday, June 25th, 8:30 am to 10:00 am, McCormick Place W179b.

The ALCTS Metadata Interest Group has the following offices open for election:

  • Vice-Chair/Chair Elect (Vice-Chair 2017-2018, Chair 2018-2019)
  • Program Co-Chair (2017-2019)
  • Secretary (2017-2019)

Terms are two years and begin following ALA Annual 2017. Officers must be able to commit to attending both ALA Midwinter and ALA Annual during their terms.

Elections will be held during the Metadata Interest Group meeting on Sunday, June 25th, 8:30 am to 10:00 am, McCormick Place W179b.

Anyone interested in standing for election to one of these offices is invited to get in touch with Mike Bolam (mrbst20@pitt.edu) and/or Liz Woolcott (liz.woolcott@usu.edu) prior to ALA. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or wish to announce your intent to run in advance. Additional nominations will be taken prior to the election at the meeting.

 

Chair Responsibilities

  • Organize Metadata Interest Group (MIG) Meeting at ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference - Create agenda, coordinate with external group liaisons for reports, and facilitate the business meeting portion of the meeting

  • Communicate with ALCTS Leadership regarding IG business/programming

  • Submit IG reports after ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference

  • Post relevant content to Metadata IG ALA Connect page, including meeting agendas, meeting minutes, program slides, and calls for proposals.

  • Assist with programming, proposal review, and speaker selection.

Vice-Chair Responsibilities

  • Assist chair with meeting and conference reports

  • Assist with programming, proposal review, and speaker selection.

  • Coordinate Elections - Draft and distribute call for nominations. Run election at MIG business meeting at ALA Annual.

Program Co-chairs Responsibilities

  • Submit program proposals to ALCTS/ALA for consideration at ALA Annual/Pre-Conference

  • Develop and promote calls for proposals, coordinate program proposal reviews, speaker selection, and communicate with speakers

  • Promote programs via email, Metadata Blog, ALA Connect, and other social media platforms prior to conferences

  • Facilitate programs and events at conferences

Blog Coordinator Responsibilities

  • Post MIG information to Metadata Blog (http://www.alcts.ala.org/metadatablog/), including meeting agendas, meeting minutes, and calls for proposals.

  • Post about other metadata related events, meetings, etc.

  • Curate other content for the blog, including follow-up posts on programs, profiles on MIG members, etc

  • Assist with programming, proposal review, and speaker selection.

Secretary Responsibilities

  • Take minutes at the MIG Meetings at ALA Annual and Midwinter.

  • Submit minutes to MIG Chair and Blog Coordinator for posting on ALA Connect and Metadata Blog.

  • Assist with programming, proposal review, and speaker selection.

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Online Doc Presentation Slides: Midwinter 2017 Lightning Talks

by Michael Bolam on Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 08:54 am

Slide decks will be added as they are received by the Metadata Interest Group. 

 


 

Presentation Title: Automating XML remediation with Python’s lxml package and schematron

Presenter: Jeremy Bartczak – Metadata Librarian
Affiliation: University of Virginia

Slide decks will be added as they are received by the Metadata Interest Group. 

 


 

Presentation Title: Automating XML remediation with Python’s lxml package and schematron

Presenter: Jeremy Bartczak – Metadata Librarian
Affiliation: University of Virginia

Abstract: The University of Virginia (UVa.) contributes thousands of digitized photographs to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Plans are underway to submit additional objects from multiple legacy digital conversion projects. These projects were implemented in MODS over the course of several years. As local policies evolved, descriptive metadata practices differed across collections. The UVa. Library’s Metadata Analysis and Design team is now in the midst of a large-scale project to remediate this data. Thanks to detailed documentation online about the DPLA’s metadata application profile, and helpful analysis from DPLA staff, a strategy has been implemented to ensure consistent metadata display for UVa. content. Remediation is accomplished using the Python programming language’s lxml package and validated with a custom schematron file. This lightning talk will present some of the changes required for the remediation and review how lxml and schematron automated the process.

Presentation Title: Overcoming the Challenges of Implementing Standardized Metadata Practices in a Digital Repository

Presenter: Sai Deng – Metadata Librarian
Affiliation: University of Central Florida

Abstract: While implementing standards in cataloging digital collections is often a Metadata Librarian’s conscience or inner desire, sometimes it’s a challenge to do so if a system is not built to accommodate such standardized practices. This kind of dilemma is not uncommon in the metadata and digital repository arena. This presentation will address the various challenges in working with metadata in digital repositories such as, name authority control for authors, departments and colleges, type values selection, keywords and subject choices, whether to add linked data URIs to various fields in the records and data discrepancies in harvesting data into the OCLC’s Digital Collection Gateway. Sometimes trying to follow controlled vocabularies or standardized metadata practices seems to be at odds with what the system can accommodate or what many non-catalogers prefer. This presentation will discuss how the Metadata Librarian, Digital Initiatives people and other librarians work together to make careful, practical and conscientious choices.

Presentation Title: Using MarcEdit to retool existing MARC records of paper maps for use in an online geoportal

Presenter: Tim Kiser – Special Materials Catalog Librarian
Presenter: Nicole Smeltekop – Special Materials Catalog Librarian
Affiliation: Michigan State University

Abstract: The Michigan State University Libraries recently joined the Big Ten Academic Alliance Geoportal, a consortial online discovery tool for maps and geographic data. Contributing our scanned paper maps to the geoportal required submission of metadata suitable for the generation of ISO 19115-compliant records. To accomplish this, we devised a workflow using MarcEdit to convert our existing MARC records for paper maps to MARC records for digital maps — which could then be delivered to the geoportal as MARCXML records. This lightning talk will outline our considerations for the project and the steps taken to accomplish it.

Presentation Title: Metadata Migration to Leverage Linked Data in an Institutional Repository

Presenter: Brian Luna Lucero – Digital Repository Coordinator
Affiliation: Columbia University

Abstract: This talk will present the project of migrating records to a new cataloging tool for Academic Commons, Columbia’s institutional repository, with an emphasis on metadata modeling for the new application and transformation of the subjects for all records from the ProQuest vocabulary to FAST.

Over the last year, Columbia University Libraries has supported development of a new cataloging tool, codenamed Hyacinth, for digital collections in order to unify the workflows of several departments and ease the demands for maintenance of multiple platforms. Hyacinth also provides an upgrade over older tools by operating on Hydra architecture and incorporating linked data at its core. Creating one tool that suits the cataloging needs of different departments and projects presented its own technical challenges, however.

Hyacinth serializes records in MODS XML, but was designed to be scheme-agnostic. Achieving this aim required input from metadata experts familiar with the various projects and materials that would be handled by Hyacinth. Normalizing labels for names, genres, academic units, and subjects across numerous projects and departments also presented a challenge. This led to the creation of a URI service that is integral to Hyacinth. The URI service can pull information from external authorities as well as mint local URIs for entities not identified elsewhere.

The migration of Academic Commons records also required a transformation of subjects for approximately 20,000 records to the FAST vocabulary in order to capitalize on Hyacinth’s linked data architecture. We used OpenRefine and a mapping table to replace ProQuest subjects with equivalent FAST terms and add FAST URIs to the records. We also piloted text matching processes to see if any can automatically suggest FAST subjects that match keywords in abstracts. These experiments have produced mixed results.

Presentation TitleMetadata Librarian’s Little Helper: OpenRefine Reconciliation Services

Presenter: Greer Martin – Discovery & Metadata Librarian
Affiliation: Illinois Institute of Technology

Abstract: OpenRefine has many vocabulary reconciliation options, not only with Library of Congress Authorities and VIAF, but also with homegrown data such as a local authority file. With unruly legacy metadata, reconciliation was a major chapter in the story of our records migration to ArchivesSpace. Taking a systematic approach to our vocabulary reconciliation and using OpenRefine’s reconciliation services allowed non-catalogers to assist in this crucial stage of metadata cleanup. This lightning talk will explain how two OpenRefine reconciliation services were incorporated into our migration workflow, with special attention paid to Reconcile-csv, which resolves to a CSV file.

Presentation Title: Git a Grip: Using GitHub to Manage your Metadata Application Profile

Presenter: Anne Washington – Metadata Librarian
Affiliation: University of Houston

Abstract: Local Metadata Application Profiles and input guidelines are always evolving. GitHub provides a simple way to manage metadata documentation with the added benefit of versioning. This allows metadata specialists to see changes in practice over time. Learn how University of Houston Libraries is using GitHub to create and manage their Metadata Application Profile.

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Discussion Metadata Lightning Talks at the Metadata Interest Group Meeting, ALA Midwinter 2017

by Michael Bolam on Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 12:42 pm

Attending the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, GA?  Are you interested all things metadata?  Mark your calendars and attend our lightning talk session during the Metadata Interest Group Meeting on Sunday, January 22 from 8:30-10:00 in Georgia World Congress Center, room B204.  Following the lightning talks, a business meeting of the Metadata Interest Group will be held.  Presenters include:

Presentation Title: Automating XML remediation with Python’s lxml package and schematron

Attending the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, GA?  Are you interested all things metadata?  Mark your calendars and attend our lightning talk session during the Metadata Interest Group Meeting on Sunday, January 22 from 8:30-10:00 in Georgia World Congress Center, room B204.  Following the lightning talks, a business meeting of the Metadata Interest Group will be held.  Presenters include:

Presentation Title: Automating XML remediation with Python’s lxml package and schematron

Presenter: Jeremy Bartczak – Metadata Librarian
Affiliation: University of Virginia

Abstract: The University of Virginia (UVa.) contributes thousands of digitized photographs to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Plans are underway to submit additional objects from multiple legacy digital conversion projects. These projects were implemented in MODS over the course of several years. As local policies evolved, descriptive metadata practices differed across collections. The UVa. Library’s Metadata Analysis and Design team is now in the midst of a large-scale project to remediate this data. Thanks to detailed documentation online about the DPLA’s metadata application profile, and helpful analysis from DPLA staff, a strategy has been implemented to ensure consistent metadata display for UVa. content. Remediation is accomplished using the Python programming language’s lxml package and validated with a custom schematron file. This lightning talk will present some of the changes required for the remediation and review how lxml and schematron automated the process.

Presentation Title: Overcoming the Challenges of Implementing Standardized Metadata Practices in a Digital Repository

Presenter: Sai Deng – Metadata Librarian
Affiliation: University of Central Florida

Abstract: While implementing standards in cataloging digital collections is often a Metadata Librarian’s conscience or inner desire, sometimes it’s a challenge to do so if a system is not built to accommodate such standardized practices. This kind of dilemma is not uncommon in the metadata and digital repository arena. This presentation will address the various challenges in working with metadata in digital repositories such as, name authority control for authors, departments and colleges, type values selection, keywords and subject choices, whether to add linked data URIs to various fields in the records and data discrepancies in harvesting data into the OCLC’s Digital Collection Gateway. Sometimes trying to follow controlled vocabularies or standardized metadata practices seems to be at odds with what the system can accommodate or what many non-catalogers prefer. This presentation will discuss how the Metadata Librarian, Digital Initiatives people and other librarians work together to make careful, practical and conscientious choices.

Presentation Title: Using MarcEdit to retool existing MARC records of paper maps for use in an online geoportal

Presenter: Tim Kiser – Special Materials Catalog Librarian
Presenter: Nicole Smeltekop – Special Materials Catalog Librarian
Affiliation: Michigan State University

Abstract: The Michigan State University Libraries recently joined the Big Ten Academic Alliance Geoportal, a consortial online discovery tool for maps and geographic data. Contributing our scanned paper maps to the geoportal required submission of metadata suitable for the generation of ISO 19115-compliant records. To accomplish this, we devised a workflow using MarcEdit to convert our existing MARC records for paper maps to MARC records for digital maps — which could then be delivered to the geoportal as MARCXML records. This lightning talk will outline our considerations for the project and the steps taken to accomplish it.

Presentation Title: Metadata Migration to Leverage Linked Data in an Institutional Repository

Presenter: Brian Luna Lucero – Digital Repository Coordinator
Affiliation: Columbia University

Abstract: This talk will present the project of migrating records to a new cataloging tool for Academic Commons, Columbia’s institutional repository, with an emphasis on metadata modeling for the new application and transformation of the subjects for all records from the ProQuest vocabulary to FAST.

Over the last year, Columbia University Libraries has supported development of a new cataloging tool, codenamed Hyacinth, for digital collections in order to unify the workflows of several departments and ease the demands for maintenance of multiple platforms. Hyacinth also provides an upgrade over older tools by operating on Hydra architecture and incorporating linked data at its core. Creating one tool that suits the cataloging needs of different departments and projects presented its own technical challenges, however.

Hyacinth serializes records in MODS XML, but was designed to be scheme-agnostic. Achieving this aim required input from metadata experts familiar with the various projects and materials that would be handled by Hyacinth. Normalizing labels for names, genres, academic units, and subjects across numerous projects and departments also presented a challenge. This led to the creation of a URI service that is integral to Hyacinth. The URI service can pull information from external authorities as well as mint local URIs for entities not identified elsewhere.

The migration of Academic Commons records also required a transformation of subjects for approximately 20,000 records to the FAST vocabulary in order to capitalize on Hyacinth’s linked data architecture. We used OpenRefine and a mapping table to replace ProQuest subjects with equivalent FAST terms and add FAST URIs to the records. We also piloted text matching processes to see if any can automatically suggest FAST subjects that match keywords in abstracts. These experiments have produced mixed results.

Presentation TitleMetadata Librarian’s Little Helper: OpenRefine Reconciliation Services

Presenter: Greer Martin – Discovery & Metadata Librarian
Affiliation: Illinois Institute of Technology

Abstract: OpenRefine has many vocabulary reconciliation options, not only with Library of Congress Authorities and VIAF, but also with homegrown data such as a local authority file. With unruly legacy metadata, reconciliation was a major chapter in the story of our records migration to ArchivesSpace. Taking a systematic approach to our vocabulary reconciliation and using OpenRefine’s reconciliation services allowed non-catalogers to assist in this crucial stage of metadata cleanup. This lightning talk will explain how two OpenRefine reconciliation services were incorporated into our migration workflow, with special attention paid to Reconcile-csv, which resolves to a CSV file.

Presentation Title: Git a Grip: Using GitHub to Manage your Metadata Application Profile

Presenter: Anne Washington – Metadata Librarian
Affiliation: University of Houston

Abstract: Local Metadata Application Profiles and input guidelines are always evolving. GitHub provides a simple way to manage metadata documentation with the added benefit of versioning. This allows metadata specialists to see changes in practice over time. Learn how University of Houston Libraries is using GitHub to create and manage their Metadata Application Profile.

http://www.alcts.ala.org/metadatablog/2016/12/metadata-lightning-talks-at-the-metadata-interest-group-meeting-ala-midwinter-2017/

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Online Doc Agenda for Midwinter 2017 meeting (Atlanta)

by Michael Bolam on Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 12:42 pm

AGENDA  

ALCTS Metadata Interest Group Meeting

ALA Midwinter 2017 (Atlanta)

Sunday, January 22, 2016, 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Georgia World Congress Center, B204

 

AGENDA  

ALCTS Metadata Interest Group Meeting

ALA Midwinter 2017 (Atlanta)

Sunday, January 22, 2016, 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Georgia World Congress Center, B204

 

Our Scheduler: http://bit.ly/2hRQdd4

Our Connect Page: http://connect.ala.org/node/65847

 

Lightning Talks -- 8:30 - 9:30 am

Business Meeting -- 9:30 - 10:00 am

 

Lightning Talks

More information on the presentations, including abstracts available at the Metadata Interest Group Blog:

http://www.alcts.ala.org/metadatablog/2016/12/metadata-lightning-talks-at-the-metadata-interest-group-meeting-ala-midwinter-2017/

 

Automating XML remediation with Python’s lxml package and schematron

Presenter: Jeremy Bartczak – Metadata Librarian

Affiliation: University of Virginia

 

Overcoming the Challenges of Implementing Standardized Metadata Practices in a Digital Repository

Presenter: Sai Deng – Metadata Librarian

Affiliation: University of Central Florida

 

Using MarcEdit to retool existing MARC records of paper maps for use in an online geoportal

Presenter: Tim Kiser – Special Materials Catalog Librarian

Presenter: Nicole Smeltekop – Special Materials Catalog Librarian

Affiliation: Michigan State University

Metadata Migration to Leverage Linked Data in an Institutional Repository

Presenter: Brian Luna Lucero – Digital Repository Coordinator

Affiliation: Columbia University

 

Metadata Librarian’s Little Helper: OpenRefine Reconciliation Services

Presenter: Greer Martin – Discovery & Metadata Librarian

Affiliation: Illinois Institute of Technology

 

Git a Grip: Using GitHub to Manage your Metadata Application Profile

Presenter: Anne Washington – Metadata Librarian

Affiliation: University of Houston

Business Meeting Agenda

  1. Welcome and introductions

  2. Approval of minutes from ALA Annual 2016 - http://connect.ala.org/files/ALCTS_MIG-2016AC_minutes_0.docx

  3. Liaison Reports

    1. MLA (Music Library Association) - Jim Soe Nyun

    2. CC:DA - Jessica Hayden

    3. Others?

  4. Officer Reports

    1. Programming activities for 2017 - Anna Neatrour and Darnelle Melvin

    2. Secretary - Janet Ahrberg

    3. Blog Coordinator - Deborah E. Kulczak

    4. Chair & Vice-Chair - Mike Bolam and Liz Woolcott

    5. Upcoming Officer Recruitment

      1. Mike will create a ballot for the election of the following roles at ALA Annual 2017. Contact him at mrbst20@pitt.edu if interested!

        1. Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect for July 2017 - June 2019

        2. Program Co-Chair for July 2017 - June 2019

        3. Secretary for July 2017 - June 2019

  5. ALA Annual Conference Remodel - http://connect.ala.org/node/262302
  6. Metadata Blog

    1. Revitalizing the Metadata Blog.

    2. Reaching out the community to become contributors.

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Online Doc Metadata Interest Group Meeting Minutes

by Michael Bolam on Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 12:41 pm

Metadata Interest Group Meeting Minutes for Annual Conference and Midwinter Meetings, from Midwinter 2000 to Annual 2016.

Discussion Program Slides: Hidden Stories, Inclusive Perspectives: Describing Photographs of Jewish Refugees in Shanghai

by Michael Bolam on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 at 02:46 pm

Presentation slides from the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group Program at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando are available below as an attachment (pdf). 

Hidden Stories, Inclusive Perspectives: Describing Photographs of Jewish Refugees in Shanghai   

Presenter: Rachel Wen-Paloutzian, Loyola Marymount University

Abstract:

Presentation slides from the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group Program at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando are available below as an attachment (pdf). 

Hidden Stories, Inclusive Perspectives: Describing Photographs of Jewish Refugees in Shanghai   

Presenter: Rachel Wen-Paloutzian, Loyola Marymount University

Abstract:

When a collection of over 600 photographs and negatives was discovered in the backlog of Loyola Marymount University LMU Library’s Department of Archives and Special Collections, there were moments of surprise, intrigue, and fascination. While information about the collection is limited, the pictures have presumably been taken by Werner von Bolternstern, a photographer and avid postcard collector, who donated the collection among many others to LMU. The Werner von Bolternstern Shanghai Photograph and negative Collection offers rare visual records and remarkable documentation of life in Shanghai, China, from 1937 to 1949. Besides Shanghai urban landscapes, historical  architecture, and street scenes, the photographs offer a unique glimpse into the community of Jewish refugees living in Shanghai at the time, including social life, businesses,  community events, and government documents of Jewish refugees who fled the Holocaust.

Through contemplating various strategies for developing accurate and inclusive metadata, this presentation will discuss the research and creation process of descriptive metadata for the Werner von Bolternstern Shanghai Photograph and Negative Collection. It will highlight ethical and political questions in terms of how to appropriately describe the photographs and how to create sensible description out of uncertainty. As the presentation will evaluate controlled vocabularies and subject headings, especially for images of people who might or might not be Jewish refugees, it illustrates the importance  of metadata in historical identification and narratives. Part of the research for metadata creation is to understand the historical and social context of these images, not making a conclusion but opening the door to more meaningful conversation on this topic.  Further, this presentation will explore two strategies to ensure inclusiveness and enhance description: the strategy of crowdsourcing with the community of Jewish refugees who lived in Shanghai during the 1930s and 1940s, as well as the strategy of maintaining  a balance between description and interpretation in order to sensitively represent diverse communities from different perspectives. Perhaps the most important strategy for increasing cultural inclusiveness of metadata is to be open and flexible, as we treat metadata as dynamic living narration of stories and perspectives.      

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Discussion Program Slides: Impacts and Limitations of Culturally Responsive Subject Headings in Tribal College Libraries

by Michael Bolam on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 at 02:44 pm

Presentation slides from the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group Program at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando are available below as an attachment (pptx). 

Impacts and Limitations of Culturally Responsive Subject Headings in Tribal College Libraries

Presenter: Hannah Buckland, Leech Lake Tribal College

Abstract:

Presentation slides from the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group Program at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando are available below as an attachment (pptx). 

Impacts and Limitations of Culturally Responsive Subject Headings in Tribal College Libraries

Presenter: Hannah Buckland, Leech Lake Tribal College

Abstract:

At tribal college libraries, prejudice embedded in controlled subject vocabularies impedes students’ access to library materials.  The Eurocentric terminology and viewpoint underpinning Library of Congress Subject Headings, for example, often exclude tribes which have not been federally recognized, favor anglicized generalization over local precision, and treat concepts as mutually exclusive entities rather than overlapping, interrelated pieces, as is more consistent with Native worldview.  Culture directly molds classification; while no classification system is free of cultural bias, mass-adopted classification systems like LCSH are troubling in that they fail to reflect the full spectrum of diversity, both of the collection and of library users.

At the Bezhigoogahbow Library—a joint-use academic/community library serving both students of Leech Lake Tribal College LLTC and residents of the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota—locally assigned, culturally responsive subject headings improve access to LLTC-owned materials.  Strategies for developing this metadata will be discussed.  Despite  local successes, however, library staff have observed students familiar with the specialized vocabulary of the Bezhigoogahbow Library’s online catalog struggle when conducting subject searches in the consortial catalog and databases where LCSH remain the norm.  While inclusive metadata may originate on a local level, implementation on a larger scale remains necessary.

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Discussion Metadata Interest Group Election Results

by Michael Bolam on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 09:46 am

The Metadata Interest Group would like to thank all those who were willing to run for an elected position. The following members were elected at our business meeting at ALA Annual 2016 in Orlando.

  • Vice-Chair/Chair Elect - Liz Woolcott
  • Program Co-Chair - Darnelle O. Melvin
  • Blog Coordinator - Deborah E. Kulczak 
  • Secretary - Janet Ahrberg

Congratulations to the new members of the leadership group!

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