ALCTS E-Forum: Library Linked Data

March 11-12, 2014 ; Each day, e-mail discussion begins and ends at:8am – 4pm Central

Hosted by Theo Gerontakos, Brad Gulliford, and Jeremy Myntti

Join this ALCTS E-Forum for a lively discussion on what linked data means for libraries. Linked Data refers to practices for publishing and linking data—cataloging data; research or government data; subject heading  lists and authority files; and the riches of the World Wide Web. Using linked data methods (cataloging standards such as RDF, as well as Web protocols such as HTTP), the scope of the linked, and always further linkable, data space is incomprehensibly large—the potential is thrilling! The hope for libraries is that we can move our data into this massive data space and thereby increase the global interoperability of library data. Many benefits are anticipated!

Topics will include basic linked data definitions and information, current linked data activities in libraries, how workflows may change or have changed due to linked data, challenges with transitioning to a linked data environment, what will linked data mean for catalogers in the future, and more.

To prepare for the e-forum, the following list of resources are recommended for an introduction to the topic of linked data:

Carl S. Hess, “Linked Data In Libraries Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Web,” April 26, 2012 (presentation): http://www.slideshare.net/carlstephenhess/linked-data-in-libraries.

Virginia Schilling, “Transforming Library Metadata into Linked Data,” Research Topics in Cataloging & Classification: http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/org/cat/research/linked-data.

Philip Evan Schreur, “The Academy Unbound: Linked Data as Revolution,” Library Resources & Technical Services, volume 55, number 4, October 2012, pages 227-237: http://alcts.metapress.com/content/u63u261g73n7150n/.

Karen Coyle, “Linked Data Tools: Connecting on the Web,” Library Technology Reports, volume 48, number 4, May/June 2012: http://alatechsource.metapress.com/content/m52426p206uu/?p=6b8f0d12b99b436cb71d95b10d587a33&pi=13 (requires subscription).

What is an e-forum?

An ALCTS e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate with other participants through an email discussion. Most e-forums last two days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it’s free. See a list of upcoming e-forums at: http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/e-forum.

To register:

Instructions for registration are available at: http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/e-forum/sympa. Once you have registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the email list. Participation is free and open to anyone. If you have any problems, please contact alcts-eforum-request@ala.org.

Free ALCTS E-Forum

Collection Evaluation and Assessment

November 12-13, 2013

Hosted by Karen Harker and Patricia Reese

It’s free and open to everyone!
Registration information is at the end of the message.

Each day, discussion begins and ends at:

Pacific: 7am – 3pm
Mountain: 8am – 4pm
Central: 9am – 5pm
Eastern: 10am – 6pm

With libraries having more limited funds, there is increasing interest in ensuring that these funds are used effectively. Given that resources are a key service provided by libraries, librarians may wish to look at their collections more carefully. However, few librarians have implemented a formal and routine method of evaluating their collections. Furthermore, while there have been some recent developments in collection evaluation methods, notably peer comparison tools, many of the measures of evaluation have not changed in the last fifty years.  Finally, there is little consensus on what these measures mean or what they reveal about a collection.

With this e-forum, we hope to stimulate discussions on differences between evaluation and assessment, definitions and measures of quality in a collection, methods, measures and tools used to evaluate the collection, and what these measures actually mean.  Please join us in this discussion on “big picture” ideas, as well as “nitty-gritty” details.

Karen R. Harker is Collection Assessment Librarian at the University of North Texas Libraries. She earned her MLS from Texas Woman’s University in 1999, and her MPH from University of Texas School of Public Health in 2007. Prior to joining UNT Libraries, Karen was librarian at UT Southwestern Medical School for 10 years, followed by a short stint as biostatistician for a clinical study. She is currently revising the collection assessment plan for the UNT Libraries, with the goal of evaluating all subject collections regularly.

Pat Reese is a Science Librarian at the University of North Texas with liaison duties to the Departments of Psychology, Speech & Hearing Sciences, and Behavior Analysis. She earned her MS in Medical Libraries from the University of North Texas in 2000. With a background in Medical Technology and Medical Records she enjoys working in the more clinical side of her subject areas. Her goal is to develop the best collections possible in her assigned areas.   

*What is an e-forum?*

An ALCTS e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate with other participants through an email discussion. Most e-forums last two to three days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it’s free. See a list of upcoming e-forums at: http://bit.ly/upcomingeforum.

*To register:*

Instructions for registration are available at: http://bit.ly/eforuminfo. Once you have registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the email list. Participation is free and open to anyone.

Webinar: Evaluating Print Book & E-Book Patron-Driven Acquisitions

ALCTS webinar: Evaluating Print Book & E-Book Patron-Driven Acquisitions (PDA)

Date: November 13, 2013

All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 11am Pacific, noon Mountain, 1pm Central, and 2pm Eastern time.

Description: This webinar will describe two patron-driven acquisitions (PDA) models — (1) buying print books based on interlibrary loan borrowing requests and (2) the current e-book model working with an e-book aggregator and/or a library book vendor — and will describe several approaches for evaluating the success and effectiveness of both models. Evaluation points include considerations such as subsequent circulation, appropriateness to the collection of purchased titles, subject analysis, cost analysis, and even a peek at the difference in future performance between user-selected and librarian-selected e-books.

Learning outcomes: Learn several ways to evaluate the performance and effectiveness of PDA plans. Feel more confident about the effectiveness of PDA plans based on one library’s experience with a print PDA plan (2000-present) and an e-book PDA plan (2011 to present).

Who should attend? Librarians with responsibilities in reference, collection management, assessment, electronic resources, acquisitions, collection development.

Presenters:

Suzanne Ward holds degrees from UCLA, the University of Michigan, and Memphis State University. She has worked at the Purdue Libraries since 1987 and currently holds the position of Head, Collection Management. Professional interests include patron-driven acquisitions (PDA) and print retention issues. She has published over 25 articles on various aspects of librarianship. Her book Guide to Implementing and Managing Patron-Driven Acquisitions was published by the American Library Association in 2012.

Rebecca Richardson, Electronic Resources Librarian at Purdue University, received her MLS from Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis and has worked at the Purdue University Libraries since 2004. Professional interests include electronic resource licensing and patron-driven acquisition of e-books.

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Registration Fees:  ALCTS Member $43 ; Non-member $59 ; Group rate (members/non-members) $99/$129 ; International $43

For additional information and access to registration links, please go to the following website:

http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webinar/111313

ALCTS webinars are recorded and registrants receive a link to the recording shortly following the live event.

For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email registration@ala.org. For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or alctsce@ala.org.

RDA Sessions at KLA 2013

If you’re coming to Topeka this October for KLA and you’d like to hear more about RDA (Resource Description and Access: the new cataloging guidelines), please consider attending these programs I’ll be presenting:

Thursday, Oct. 10, both in Homestead Room (84 Theatre)

10:00-10:50 (Session 3) New Wave: RDA Cataloging and Bibliographic Records

11:00-11:50 (Session 4) New Wave 2: RDA Cataloging and Authority Records

Hope to welcome you to my home town!

Morgan McCune, Pittsburg State

RDA Related Sessions at ALA

Here’s a quick search of the ALA Conference program for RDA related sessions. Check it out!

 

College and University Libraries Section
Kansas Library Association
CULS Fall Conference 2012

Driving Towards New Frontiers

Friday, October 5  

8:00-9:15 am Continental Breakfast and Round Table Meetings

Technical Services Round Table Meeting  Room E

9:30-10:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

Quality Control in the Small Academic Library Catalog: How Much is Enough?   Room E

Morgan McCune, Pittsburg State University

The new frontier is the Google search, the discovery tool, the “blended library” in terms of information formats. What I’d like to present in this opportunity is my perspective of catalog quality-control work on this new frontier (cataloging, authority control, database maintenance, electronic projects) in a small academic library with minimal funds and high workloads (in terms of cataloging staff serving more than one role, or several roles). Often, small libraries do all of this work themselves rather than hire a vendor to do “clean-up.” Staff may have minimal cataloging training and access to cataloging reference material. Can we help small libraries keep up, or forge ahead, by outlining the most essential quality elements? This presentation will be an effort to begin that work.

ALCTS webinar: Demand-Driven Acquisition, Part 1

Date: September 19, 2012

All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 11am Pacific, noon Mountain, 1pm Central, and 2pm Eastern time.

Part 2 will be held October 3, 2012.

Description: This hour-long session, one of two parts, gives an overview of key concepts behind demand-driven acquisitions (DDA):

– why and how to implement

– benefits to the library and the campus community

– implications for the library collection

Examines the theoretical concepts about DDA while giving practical advice about setting up DDA in libraries with some considerations of long-term impacts by looking at a case study from the University of Denver.

Who Should Attend? Anyone with an interest in learning more about demand driven (also called patron driven) acquisitions.

Presenters: Michael Levine-Clark, Collections Librarian, University of Denver

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Single Webinar Registration Fees:  $39 ALCTS Member; $49 Non-member; $39 International; $99 Group (a group of people that will watch it together).

Check the ALCTS Web site for discount pricing for both sessions.

For additional information and access to registrations links, please go to the following website:

http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webinar/091912

ALCTS webinars are recorded and registrants receive a link to the recording shortly following the live event.

For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email registration@ala.org. For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or alctsce@ala.org.

Posted on behalf of the ALCTS Continuing Education Committee.