• ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging Norms Interest Group Midwinter 2019 Programming

    The ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging Norms Interest Group is pleased to announce its program at the ALA Midwinter conference held in Seattle

    Date and time: January 26, 2019 (Saturday), 10:30-11:30 am

    Location: The Hyatt Regency Seattle, Jr. Ballroom West B

    There will be three presentations that are relevant to what catalogers are dealing with today.  The presentations will be 15 minutes long, and there will be time for Q&A at the end of the session.

    Lower the Barrier and Be Empowered: Creating and Including Linked Data Vocabularies for Digital Collections

    By Sai (Sophia) Deng, University of Central Florida

    Linked data has been explored and adopted by the library and archive community in recent years, but it has remained a relatively high bar to implement for most librarians and catalogers in their daily work. To lower the barrier, the librarians at the University of Central Florida (UCF) Libraries have adopted open source tools and platforms such as OpenRefine and Wikidata to their workflows to include linked data for their collections in the digital repositories as well as the library catalog. This presentation will review digital repositories' capabilities in accommodating linked data and show several cases of adding linked data vocabularies, such as those from the Library of Congress' authority files and the Virtual International Authority File, to the UCF Libraries' digital collections. The added linked data are meant to enhance the collections by enriching contexts to various entities or fields such as individual and corporate authors, thesis advisors, contributors and subjects. OpenRefine is used in this process to edit data and reconcile data against external vocabularies. In the case of no standard vocabulary is found, Wikidata is used to create linked data for local terms so that they can be added to the digital collections and shared with the larger community. This presentation will also address highlights and challenges of working with linked data, such as distinguishing between various terms, searching for sufficient information in establishing terms and presenting them in meaningful ways.
    Enhancing Metadata and Improving Discoverability for Digital Collections

    By Dave Van Kleeck, and Chelsea Dinsmore, University of Florida

    The University of Florida (UF) Digital Collections (UFDC) are an actively growing, open access, digital library comprised of over 500,000 records. In 2017 the University of Florida Libraries engaged in a pilot project to examine the efficacy of applying machine assisted indexing as a means of improving findability of content in a large scale digital collection. By applying controlled vocabularies from a broader selection of thesauri and achieving a larger number of relevant subject terms per title, we posited that more productive user searching with better and more accurate results would be achieved. The enhanced metadata will be added to openly available catalog records, including OCLC records, making the enhancements available to the majority of North American libraries. As with any large scale digital library, a well-known challenge is the varying quality and quantity of legacy metadata available for each title. A secondary, but critically important goal of the pilot project was to develop tools for integrating retrospective metadata clean-up into the process of incorporating enhanced subject terms into the metadata record. This presentation will provide an overview of the pilot project, an update on the progress made to date, and plans for expansion of the project scope.
    Responsibilities & workflows: keeping agile in a rapidly changing environment

    By Tricia Mackenzie and Kimberley Edwards, George Mason University

    Cataloging departments are expected to be more and more nimble, from migrating to new systems, to adapting linked data into their daily workflows. In 2018 this was reinforced when the George Mason University Libraries migrated to Ex Libris' Alma platform, and in the process moved from working in a stand-alone environment to a shared catalog with 12 other libraries. In this presentation we will discuss cataloging processes and workflows developed both internally and at the consortium level, how staff duties were adjusted to fit the new environment, and how we used the migration as an opportunity for strengthening relationships between the cataloging and acquisitions departments.
    Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in the session!

    ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging Norms Interest Group (CNIG)

    Rachel Turner ( and Paul Heyde (, Co-Chairs

    Keiko Suzuki ( and Liza Hickey ( us), Co-Vice Chairs