Heads of Cataloging Departments Interest Group (ALCTS CCS - Cataloging & Classification Section) Community
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 (email@example.com), 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.
Heads of Cataloging Interest Group -- Notes and Presentation Slides from 2011 ALA Annual Conference Meeting (New Orleans, LA)by Christopher Cronin on Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 01:06 pm
"Preparing Copy Catalogers for RDA"
Topic overview: During this session, presenters will discuss the RDA Toolkit, preparation of staff for non-book formats using RDA, and other formal and informal training used to ready catalogers for RDA.
Presenters: Troy Linker, Publisher, ALA Digital Reference, American Library Association; Jeannette Ho, Coordinator of Cataloging, Texas A & M University Libraries; Nancy Kall, Catalog Librarian, Douglas County Libraries, Colorado; Robert Rendall, Principal Serials Cataloger, Columbia University Libraries