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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 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!

Discussion Program Slides: Creating Inclusive and Discoverable Metadata: Practices at Fresno State

by Michael Bolam on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 09:41 am

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

Creating Inclusive and Discoverable Metadata: Practices at Fresno State 

Presenter: Tiewei Liu, California State University, Fresno

Abstract:

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

Creating Inclusive and Discoverable Metadata: Practices at Fresno State 

Presenter: Tiewei Liu, California State University, Fresno

Abstract:

Today, it is very important that academic libraries make efforts to increase cultural inclusiveness and cross-cultural discoverability in their metadata services. This presentation introduces such efforts to be made in the new institutional repository services at the Henry Madden Library of the California State University, Fresno, a highly diverse campus with a lot of faculty and students with international background.

In this presentation, the speaker will share the experiences and best practices in creating inclusive and discoverable metadata in Fresno State's institutional repository hosted by DSpace. This collaborative project involves faculty and students to join in metadata creation and implementing authority control. The presenter will also share the conceptualization for this process. Attendees will learn concepts and methods applicable to metadata creation and management in other settings as well.

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Discussion Call for Officer Elections at ALA Annual 2016

by Ayla Stein on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 09:39 am

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

  • Vice-Chair/Chair Elect (Vice-Chair 2016-2017, Chair 2017-2018)
  • Program Co-Chair
  • Blog Coordinator
  • Secretary - Effective immediately to finish out current secretary’s term (through ALA Annual 2017)

Terms are two years and begin following ALA Annual 2016. Officers must be able to commit to attending both ALA Midwinter and ALA Annual during their terms.

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

  • Vice-Chair/Chair Elect (Vice-Chair 2016-2017, Chair 2017-2018)
  • Program Co-Chair
  • Blog Coordinator
  • Secretary - Effective immediately to finish out current secretary’s term (through ALA Annual 2017)

Terms are two years and begin following ALA Annual 2016. 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 26th, 8:30 am to 10:00 am, Orange County Convention Center, Room W102A.

Anyone interested in standing for election to one of these offices is invited to get in touch with Ayla Stein (astein@illinois.edu) and/or Mike Bolam (mrbst20@pitt.edu) prior to ALA if you have any questions or wish to announce your intent to run in advance. Anyone can be added to the ballot at the meeting itself also.

Best,

 

Ayla Stein
Chair, ALCTS Metadata Interest Group
Assistant Professor, Metadata Librarian
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
 

 

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Discussion Program Slides: Digital Library North: Engaging with communities to develop culturally appropriate and aware Metadata

by Michael Bolam on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 09:37 am

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

Digital Library North: Engaging with communities to develop culturally appropriate and aware Metadata

Presenter: Sharon Farnel, University of Alberta

Abstract:

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

Digital Library North: Engaging with communities to develop culturally appropriate and aware Metadata

Presenter: Sharon Farnel, University of Alberta

Abstract:

Digital Library North (https://www.ualberta.ca/~dln/) is a four year collaboration between researchers at the University of Alberta Edmonton, Canada), staff at the Inuvialuit Cultural Resource Centre in Inuvik, Canada, and communities within the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR) Northwest Territories, Canada to develop a digital library infrastructure to support access to cultural resources. A key objective of the project is to work with the communities to develop a culturally appropriate metadata framework for resource description and discovery. We are seeking to define and develop a culturally appropriate metadata framework through multiple parallel processes: a) investigation and critical examination of the scholarly literature around cultural approaches to metadata, b) examination and assessment of the characteristics of the proposed content of the digital library, c) close collaboration with community members to understand the metadata elements important to meeting their information needs, and d) design of metadata based on information seeking behaviours of community members.

In this session, we will a report on early investigations into the literature of culturally relevant metadata, b) discuss the results of early engagement - interviews, surveys, information audits - with the communities and assessment of sample digital library content, c) describe how this influenced the initial metadata design and application to sample materials, d) and discuss the processes for taking the design and application to the communities for testing and feedback.

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Discussion Metadata Interest Group ALAAC16 Program & Business Meeting

by Ayla Stein on Sun, Jun 12, 2016 at 06:59 pm

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

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

Digital items can be misrepresented when the people cataloging them don’t have a background in the cultural contexts from which they originate. How are metadata creators developing methods to encourage the creation of metadata that represents diverse points of view? How does using sources of authority control such as LCSH contribute to misrepresentation of cultural heritage materials? This program provides a discussion venue for ideas to promote cultural competencies and inclusivity in the metadata process. Sponsored by ALCTS Metadata Interest Group. Co-Sponsored by Black Caucus of ALA (BCALA), National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA), Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA), American Indian Library Association (AILA), and the Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT).

Speakers:

1. Digital Library North: Engaging with communities to develop culturally appropriate and aware Metadata

Presenter: Sharon Farnel, University of Alberta

Abstract:

Digital Library North (https://www.ualberta.ca/~dln/) is a four year collaboration between researchers at the University of Alberta Edmonton, Canada), staff at the Inuvialuit Cultural Resource Centre in Inuvik, Canada, and communities within the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR) Northwest Territories, Canada to develop a digital library infrastructure to support access to cultural resources. A key objective of the project is to work with the communities to develop a culturally appropriate metadata framework for resource description and discovery. We are seeking to define and develop a culturally appropriate metadata framework through multiple parallel processes: a) investigation and critical examination of the scholarly literature around cultural approaches to metadata, b) examination and assessment of the characteristics of the proposed content of the digital library, c) close collaboration with community members to understand the metadata elements important to meeting their information needs, and d) design of metadata based on information seeking behaviours of community members.

In this session, we will a report on early investigations into the literature of culturally relevant metadata, b) discuss the results of early engagement - interviews, surveys, information audits - with the communities and assessment of sample digital library content, c) describe how this influenced the initial metadata design and application to sample materials, d) and discuss the processes for taking the design and application to the communities for testing and feedback.

 

2. Creating Inclusive and Discoverable Metadata: Practices at Fresno State 

Presenter: Tiewei Liu, California State University, Fresno

Abstract:

Today, it is very important that academic libraries make efforts to increase cultural inclusiveness and cross-cultural discoverability in their metadata services. This presentation introduces such efforts to be made in the new institutional repository services at the Henry Madden Library of the California State University, Fresno, a highly diverse campus with a lot of faculty and students with international background.

In this presentation, the speaker will share the experiences and best practices in creating inclusive and discoverable metadata in Fresno State's institutional repository hosted by DSpace. This collaborative project involves faculty and students to join in metadata creation and implementing authority control. The presenter will also share the conceptualization for this process. Attendees will learn concepts and methods applicable to metadata creation and management in other settings as well.

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Discussion ALCTS Metadata Interest Group ALA Midwinter 2016 Program Announcement

by Ayla Stein on Sun, Jun 12, 2016 at 06:47 pm

Join the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group in Boston for the Midwinter Meeting for the following program at in the Boston Convention Center, room 107AB. We will have a business meeting at 8:30, followed by these exciting programs at 9:00:

Principles for Evaluating Metadata Standards   

Presenters: Jennifer Liss and Kevin Clair

Program Description:

Join the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group in Boston for the Midwinter Meeting for the following program at in the Boston Convention Center, room 107AB. We will have a business meeting at 8:30, followed by these exciting programs at 9:00:

Principles for Evaluating Metadata Standards   

Presenters: Jennifer Liss and Kevin Clair

Program Description:

Jennifer Liss and Kevin Clair of the ALCTS/LITA Metadata Standards Committee (MSC) will be presenting the draft document, Principles for Evaluating Metadata Standards.The document is intended for use by libraries, archives, and museum (LAM) communities for the development, maintenance, governance, selection, use, and assessment of metadata standards. The MSC welcomes feedback on the draft Principles document at the Metadata Interest Group meeting, the Metadata Standards Committee meeting, or at http://metaware.buzz.

Rightsstatements.org: An International Framework for Standardized Rights Statements for Cultural Heritage

Presenters: Emily Gore

Program Description:

An international committee with representatives from the Digital Public Library of America, Europeana and Creative Commons have developed a set of standardized rights statements for digital cultural heritage materials to be available as URIs along with additional technical requirements for implementation.  The work of the committee, the recommended statements and the upcoming launch of rightsstatements.org will be discussed.  It is anticipated that a first-look preview of the rightsstatements.org site will be demonstrated for the audience.  Rightsstatements.org is expected to launch in early 2016

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Discussion Final Call for Presentations - ALCTS Metadata Interest Group - ALA Annual 2016: ‘Diverse and inclusive metadata: Developing cultural competencies in descriptive practices’

by Ayla Stein on Sun, Jun 12, 2016 at 06:46 pm

***Please Excuse cross-postings***

The ALCTS Metadata Interest Group seeks presentation proposals for the program “Diverse and inclusive metadata: Developing cultural competencies in descriptive practices” during the 2016 ALA Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. This program is scheduled to take place on Sunday, June 26, at 4:30pm. Presentations are 30 minutes in total -- 20 minutes for the presentation, 10 minutes for questions.

Program details:

***Please Excuse cross-postings***

The ALCTS Metadata Interest Group seeks presentation proposals for the program “Diverse and inclusive metadata: Developing cultural competencies in descriptive practices” during the 2016 ALA Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. This program is scheduled to take place on Sunday, June 26, at 4:30pm. Presentations are 30 minutes in total -- 20 minutes for the presentation, 10 minutes for questions.

Program details:

Digital items can be misrepresented when the people cataloging them don’t have a background in the cultural contexts from which they originate. How are metadata creators developing methods to encourage the creation of metadata that represents diverse points of view? How does using sources of authority control such as LCSH contribute to misrepresentation of cultural heritage materials? This program provides a discussion venue for ideas to promote cultural competencies and inclusivity in the metadata process.

Potential topics could include:

  • Strategies for evaluating inclusivity or exclusivity of metadata

  • Tools and educational resources for developing inclusive metadata

  • Strategies for working with diverse communities

Participants will be able to identify ways to increase cultural inclusiveness of their metadata, leading to enhanced description and better representation.

Thinking of presenting but have questions about the process? Join Anna and Liz at Google Hangouts on November 20th from 12:00-1:00 MT: https://plus.google.com/events/cs6av394geq2dpf405nl9roen5k

The deadline for proposals is Nov. 21, 2015.  Proposals may be submitted through this form : http://goo.gl/forms/SokamLy7u9.

If you have any difficulties with this form, please feel free to submit your proposals directly by email to liz.woolcott@usu.edu or anna.neatrour@utah.edu .

Thank you!

ALCTS Metadata Interest Group Programming Chairs:

Liz Woolcott, Utah State University

Anna Neatrour, University of Utah

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Discussion Metadata Interest Group Meeting Notes from ALA Midwinter and ALA Annual 2015

by Ayla Stein on Sat, Jan 9, 2016 at 09:11 pm

Hi All,

 

Here are the meeting minutes/notes from the Metadata Interest Group meetings at ALA Annual  2015 and ALA Midwinter Meeting 2015.

Discussion Program Slides: Using Metadata Skills for a Course Inventory

by Ayla Stein on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 04:45 pm

Presentation slides from the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group Meeting at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco are available below as attachments (pdf and pptx formats available)

Using Metadata Skills for a Course Inventory

Lee Richardson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Health Sciences Library

Presentation slides from the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group Meeting at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco are available below as attachments (pdf and pptx formats available)

Using Metadata Skills for a Course Inventory

Lee Richardson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Health Sciences Library

Metadata and information organization activities in libraries often focus on digital projects, institutional repositories and library catalogs. This presentation will report on a project that applies skills developed from these traditional activities to something a little different. I will talk about a project to help the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Health Affairs schools create a system to gather and organize information about interprofessional education courses and learning activities. Previous experiences in evaluating taxonomies, applying controlled vocabularies, creating data dictionaries, and understanding when to select from valid data verses using free text all informed better discernment of possible problems and solutions. While this project is still in early stages of development, I will share what’s been done so far, mistakes made, lessons learned and what comes next.

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Discussion Program Slides: Metadata for Project Gutenberg Using GitHub

by Ayla Stein on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 04:15 pm

Presentation slides from the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group Meeting at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco are available below as attachments (pdf and pptx formats available). 

Metadata for Project Gutenberg Using GitHub

Eric Hellman, Free Ebook Foundation

GITenberg is a distributed project working to improve Project Gutenberg texts using the online collaboration and version control tools at GitHub. We received a prototype grant from the Knight Foundation to work on improving the metadata in Project Gutenberg for use by libraries.

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Provides a broad framework for information exchange on current research developments, tools, and activities affecting metadata.

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