Planning for the Evolving Role of Metadata Services

Planning for the Evolving Role of Metadata Services, is a series of online virtual Preconference (June 2-4, 2015) meeting organised by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services.  There are 3 planned sessions to be covered  over three days. Each session begins at 2 p.m. Eastern time|1.p.m Central time| 12 noon Mountain |11 a. Pacific time.

Abstract of the Virtual Preconference

Although relatively new to the library scene, expectations for metadata services within and outside the library are changing. This preconference explores some of the emerging responsibilities for metadata specialists by focusing on the need for metadata consultation within the data management lifecycle, the assessment of metadata workflows situated in traditional cataloging departments, and the movement to standardize and share local vocabularies.

Session 1: Metadata Services for Research Data Management (June 2)

Librarians continue to engage in active partnerships with researchers who seek assistance in describing and organizing their data to meet federal mandates and to promote the discoverability and preservation of their work. This session will examine different ways that librarians collaborate with researchers to manage metadata workflows for research data. It includes to presentations:

  • Research Data Support at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG): a Metadata Perspective by Anna Craft (Metadata Cataloger at the UNCG
  • Using the DDI Metadata to Support Research Data Management,  by Jared Lyle Director of Curation Services, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan;

Session 2: Assessing Metadata Staffing and Workflows (June 3)

Many metadata programs have moved beyond the beginning stages of developing workflows for digital library content. Planning for future development requires analyzing current costs and workflows. This program will discuss ways in which metadata creators and coordinators gather, assess, and report metrics in order to evaluate staffing and workflows. This session will include two presentations:

  • Evolving Workflows for Metadata Ingest at The UC San Diego Library by Arwen Hutt, Metadata Librarian at UC San Diego Library
  • Integrating New Services into Existing Metadata Workflows by Nathan B.Putnam and Bria L.Parker, Metadata Services at the University of Maryland

Session 3: Techniques and Technologies for Developing Local Controlled Vocabularies (June 4)

Best practices for managing local controlled vocabularies have grown rapidly in recent years with the development of standards such as the Encoded Archival Context-Corporate Bodies, Person and Families (EAC-CPF). These guidelines have influenced not only the development of special collections practices, but also metadata standards for localized controlled vocabularies. How should institutions handle these changes to stay up to date with new and emerging standards? This program will look at two cases studies from the University of Miami Libraries and the George Washington University Libraries that demonstrate technology and techniques for managing local controlled vocabularies and implementing EAC-CPF. The following case studies will be discussed:

  • Special Collections, Special Thesauri: Managing and Publishing Local Vocabularies with TemaTres, by Allison Jai O'Dell Special Collections Cataloging & Metadata Librarian at the University of Miami Libraries.
  • Encoded Archival Context-Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families and Washingtoniana Collections: A Pilot Project at the George Washington University Libraries by Dan Tam Do, Metadata Services Manager at The George Washington University Libraries.


How to Register

To register, complete the online registration form or complete the mail in form for the entire series or individual session(s) you would like to attend.

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