Heads of Cataloging Departments Interest Group (ALCTS CCS - Cataloging & Classification Section) Community
The Heads of Cataloging IG will be discussing BIBFRAME testing at George Washington University and the BIBFLOW project  at the University of California Davis (in collaboration with Zepheira).
In addition to updates on their respective projects, we will ask our two speakers to help us think about strategic priorities, e.g.: What kind of investments are needed in training and infrastructure? What skills need to be developed to prepare staff for a future of linked data catalogs and workflows? How do we marshal our limited resources to have the biggest impact on our strategic goals? What conversations do we need to have with stakeholders throughout our library and institution?
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.
We have two fabulous speakers who will discuss their efforts to transform their catalog departments beyond the traditional boundaries and successfully implement innovative changes.
I. Living Up to One’s Digital Potential in a Traditional Cataloging Unit (Presenter: John Riemer)
Speaking from lengthy personal experience, John Riemer is going to address how a traditional cataloging unit can actively enter the digital age and successfully undertake new roles for catalogers and metadata. Along the way he will reflect on the reasons why catalogers should want to do this and on what some of the rewards have been.
Currently the Head of the UCLA Library Cataloging & Metadata Center since 2000, John Riemer previously worked as Digital Cataloging Coordinator for the Digital Library of Georgia (1999- 2000) and led serials cataloging for over 15 years at University of Georgia. In 2010/2011 he was Chair of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging, serving a 2009-2012 elected term on the PCC Policy Committee. During this time he has led an effort to expand the PCC’s scope to include both traditional MARC/AACR2 cataloging and digital library project metadata/new metadata roles. He is a member of the OCLC Research Library Partners Metadata Managers Focus Group. He serves as a member of the Cataloging & Classification Quarterly Editorial Board and writes guest columns for Technicalities. Among his recent publications is “The Expansion of Cataloging to Cover the Digital Object Landscape” (CCQ, 2010)
II. Evolution, Revolution, Transfiguration (Presenter: Philip Schreur)
From the massive redesign of its Technical Services in 1996, the remodeling of its Catalog Department in 1999 and its “elimination” in 2008, the transition to RDA in 2009, and its recent postings for a Linked Data Technologist and a Metadata Strategist in 2013, the Stanford University Library’s Metadata Department has undergone explosive, directed evolution for the past 16 years. Each step has been driven by its own advance in technology and business need. The presentation will focus on the drivers for these changes and the innovations developed to support them. Last will be a look to the future and the unprecedented pressures and opportunities that are coalescing to push us from revolution to transfiguration.
Philip Schreur received his PhD in Musicology from Stanford University in 1987 and his Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of California Berkeley in 1988. He is currently the Head of the Metadata Department at Stanford University where he serves as Metadata Strategist and has strong interests in the automatic generation of descriptive and controlled metadata stemming from his work as Knowledge System Developer for HighWire Press (2000-2005). He served as chair of the Policy Committee for the Program for Cooperative Cataloging from 2012-2013 focusing attention on RDA implementation and authorities in a non-MARC environment. His recent article “The Academy Unbound: Linked Data as Revolution” (LRTS 2012) won Best of LRTS award. He is part of a linked-data skunkworks group at Stanford University investigating the digital repository as database of record, authority management through linked data, ontology mapping, and BIBFRAME implementation.
Please join the Heads of Cataloging Interest Group as we complete our series on assessment for cataloging operations. Over the course of two previous meetings, we have heard an introduction to assessment as well as learned about specific examples of assessment programs, and this series will conclude by looking towards the future for assessment in cataloging. The session will include presentations from two speakers, detailed below, as well as ample opportunity for discussion.
Robert Wolven, Columbia University
Comparing Assessment Across Institutions: An Administrator’s Perspective
Under the rubric of 2CUL, the libraries of Columbia and Cornell universities have been working to achieve a deep integration of their technical services operations. Detailed comparison of policies, procedures, and workflows reveals both similarities and differences in the way cataloging is assessed. Sometimes this assessment is explicit, but often it's implicit in institutional culture and mindset, driven by actors and factors external to technical services. Achieving true integration will mean recognizing and reconciling the ways we evaluate cataloging services and measure success.
Ted Fons, OCLC
With the advent of new metadata initiatives, such as BIBFRAME, will we need to rethink current assessment plans? Exploring current measures and comparing them against the objectives of such new initiatives may point to a need for future shifts in practice.
Please join the Heads of Cataloging Interest Group as we continue our series on assessment for cataloging enterprises. Following on June’s introduction to assessment, this Midwinter program will provide an opportunity to learn about active quantitative and qualitative assessment programs. The session will include presentations from two speakers, detailed below, as well as ample opportunity for discussion.
Casey Chaney, Backstage Library Works
Implementing tools to quantitatively measure work produced will allow managers to better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the staff and the current workflow process. Quantitative assessment will allow managers to put together accurate project schedules, pinpoint areas of inefficiency or high efficiency, potential quality issues and may play a key role in setting standards for the institution. This presentation will highlight a few methods and tools available and how they can play a role in any organization.
Rebecca Mugridge, University at Albany
Qualitative assessment activities, when conducted regularly and methodically, can help managers and administrators understand the impact and value of the work that they do for their customers. Are we meeting our customers' needs? Are there services that we could provide but currently do not? What are their priorities? Are we responsive to their questions and issues? This presentation will explore the use of customer service surveys, focus groups, quality initiatives, and other methods to evaluate and assess the work that we do.
Heads of Cataloging Departments Interest Group
Monday, June 25, 2012 - 8:00am to 10:00am
Anaheim Convention Center, 209B
The Heads of Cataloging Departments Interest Group is pleased to announce the first of what we hope will be a series of meetings focused on assessment. The first session will be held at the ALA 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim.
The cataloging and technical services communities have long struggled with making evidence-based decisions about their particular areas of librarianship. Without robust and tested metrics for evaluating technical services operations, and without a strong contingent of assessment experts existing within our ranks, it has been difficult to define and develop a broad culture of assessment for cataloging.
To help foster the growth of assessment expertise within our community, the Heads of Cataloging Departments Interest Group will be dedicating several meetings to the topic. At Annual 2012, we will sponsor a seminar-style presentation on the essentials of assessment. This session will be lead by Joyce Chapman, Project Librarian for the Triangle Research Libraries Network. Joyce will provide attendees with an understanding of the basics of assessment theory, help managers acquire an understanding of assessment best practices and techniques, and facilitate a group discussion on why, how, and when assessment techniques could be most beneficial within the specific context of cataloging and technical services.
This initial “Assessment 101” session will set the stage for future Heads of Cataloging IG meetings, starting with Midwinter 2013, where we will invite speakers who have implemented an assessment project within their cataloging/metadata/TS unit to share their experiences and best advice.
Speaker Bio: Joyce Chapman is Project Librarian for the Triangle Research Libraries Network's "Content, Context, and Capacity" grant, where she leads quantitative and qualitative project evaluation efforts. Previously, Joyce was a Libraries Fellow at North Carolina State University. In this role, she conducted research to assess the cost and value of metadata creation and maintenance workflows, and led data analysis and visualization initiatives to help staff better understand how patrons use library spaces and services. Joyce serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the journal Evidence Based Library and Information Practice. She received her Masters in Information Science from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2009.
A copy of Joyce’s presentation will be posted on the Interest Group’s homepage on ALAConnect after the conference: http://connect.ala.org/node/66155. Please contact Chris Cronin (firstname.lastname@example.org), Chair of the ALCTS Heads of Cataloging Departments Interest Group, with any questions.
The theme for our discussion is “Developing Service-Oriented Models for Cataloging and Metadata,” and we are delighted to be joined by a distinguished panel of speakers. • Jee Davis & Jina Wakimoto will present “Cataloging IS a Public Service: Repositioning Cataloging and Metadata Services” • Teressa Keenan will present “Charting a Course with NOMAP: Integrating Metadata Workflows into a Traditional Cataloging Unit” • Jennifer O’Brien Roper will present “Envisioning Culture Shift: Building a Strategic Framework for Service Oriented Cataloging” • Sharon Wiles-Young will present “Technical Services Involvement with New Service: Are there Silos Within the Library?” Presentations will be followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A. Please contact Christopher Cronin (croninc [at] uchicago.edu), Chair of the ALCTS Heads of Cataloging Interest Group, for more information.