Transformation of Cataloging and Metadata Operations and Application of Scrum Principles

When:  Jan 23, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM (ET)

ALA Midwinter 2017

Location: Atlanta, GA
Dates: Monday, January 23 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Conference Venue: GWCC A312
Twitter: #alctsmw17hoc


Session title:  Transformation of Cataloging and Metadata Operations and Application of Scrum Principles

Description: Heads of metadata and cataloging departments are continuously facing ample opportunities to implement and adjust daily and routine workflow from the smallest and specifics to wider and broader scale. Many are making changes to their management of resource based on evidence-based data analyses using business models and values. Library managers are increasingly adopting principles and strategies from software development industry. These driving strategies enable libraries to developing robust and responsive services to produce and deliver more returns. Metadata and cataloging heads are not exempted from this trend. In the business world, customer input and collaboration are at the heart of this trend which is also the focal point of library services.

Scrum is an agile development method, which concentrates particularly on how to manage tasks within a team-based development environment. Scrum is the most popular and widely adopted agile method. It enables teams to:

  • Figure out how to do the work

  • Do the work

  • Identify what's getting in its way

  • Take responsibility to resolve all the difficulties within its scope

  • Work with other parts of the organization to resolve concerns outside their control


Review of program

Title: Organization and Structure of Cataloging Units in Academic Libraries Research Project.


Jeremy Myntti
Head of Digital Library Services, University of Utah

Liz Woolcott
Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services, Utah State University


Title: Two weeks at a time: Applying agile frameworks to library practice


Hannah Sommers @hsommers
Associate University Librarian
George Washington University