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Cataloging and Classification Research Interest Group Midwinter 2018 Program

  • 1.  Cataloging and Classification Research Interest Group Midwinter 2018 Program

    Posted Dec 13, 2017 07:58 AM

    Cataloging and Classification Research Interest Group (ALCTS CaMMS)
    Sunday, February 11, 2018
    10:30-11:30 am
    Colorado Convention Center, Rm 303

    During this year's meeting, the CaMMS Cataloging and Classification Research Interest Group will offer two presentations and discussions of cataloging related research and projects.  The presentations are:  Innovative Ways to Recruit and Train New Generation of Catalogers (Anita Kazmierczak, Auburn University) and Expanding the Metadata Librarian Horizon: Reflections on the Metadata Practice in the Web and Digital Repositories (Sai Deng, University of Central Florida).


    Innovative Ways to Recruit and Train New Generation of Catalogers, by Anita Kazmierczak, Auburn University

    The field of cataloging is changing. The 21st century brings challenges to traditional cataloging practices with new formats, new interfaces and new standards.These changes call for the professional librarians who work with cataloging and metadata to face the challenges and adapt to the new environment. How do we redesign and rediscover cataloging so that it responds to present and future needs? How do we find and recruit individuals to become metadata librarians? Is Library education sufficient?  Should coursework be followed-up with practical training and apprenticeships? In order to preserve the cataloging profession, we must reform it.  During her presentation, Anita Kazmierczak, Metadata Librarian at Auburn University will reflect on the professional literature and discuss the current paths to cataloging and the future of professional “hybridization.”  She will suggest ways the current cataloging profession can be redesigned to respond to a library’s current and future metadata needs.


    Expanding the Metadata Librarian Horizon: Reflections on the Metadata Practices in the Web and Digital Repositories, by Sai Deng, University of Central Florida

    The growing amount of digital resources on the web and in libraries have been rapidly changing the ways data is organized, shared and discovered, and the Metadata Librarians’ roles and practices have been constantly reshaped under this larger environment. In light of related literature and the author’s experiences in web archiving and working with several digital repositories including CONTENTdm, Islandora, Digital Commons, DSpace and Omeka, this presentation will discuss the ongoing changes in metadata practices in various areas, such as identity management, authority control, repository design and capability, metadata, its presentation and discovery, and linked data. Besides addressing the Metadata Librarian’s working with data and collections in digital repositories, it will cover the more recent metadata services aimed at helping students and faculty researchers within and beyond the library and the institution. It will also reflect on the metadata practices in the library community and the web practices in classifying and discovering data, and explore the web’s impact on library cataloging and the metadata profession. The changing environment and practices call for the Metadata Librarian’s flexibility in working with different digital library systems and personnel from other departments, an open mindset, and new understandings and skill sets related to vocabulary management, document encoding, data processing, and innovative ways of or semi-auto cataloging and classification.