NCTPG/OCLC Linked Data Event

Please join NCTPG and OCLC for a special Linked Data event at the San Francisco Public Library!

This event will be in addition to our Annual Meeting in the spring.

Library Data [R]evolution:
Applying Linked Data Concepts

Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
San Francisco Public Library

(Portions of this event will be live-streamed for virtual participants)

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PROGRAM:

In recent years, libraries have made increasing explorations into applying linked data concepts to library metadata. Hear leaders from OCLC and the Library of Congress share insights into the evolving metadata landscape. Learn about two libraries’ active pursuit of linked data projects using BIBFRAME and Schema.org standards, and see how linked data is changing workflows and consumption of library data. Later, join us for an OCLC update and in-depth discussion on the current and future directions of OCLC cataloging and metadata services.

AGENDA:

(Note: The morning session will be live-streamed and open to virtual participants.)

9:00: Registration and refreshments for in-person attendees

9:30: The Metadata Landscape and Putting Metadata to Work

Sally McCallum, Chief, Network Development/MARC Standards Office, Library of Congress
Ted Fons, Executive Director, Data Services and WorldCat Quality Management, OCLC
Carl Stahmer, Director of Digital Scholarship, University of California, Davis Library
Kenning Arlitsch, Dean, Montana State University Library

11:30: Panel discussion, with questions from in-person and online attendees, moderated by Roy Tennant, Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research

12:30: Lunch, hosted by OCLC

1:30: OCLC Update, Eric Forte, OCLC Member Services Liaison

2:00: OCLC Cataloging and Metadata strategy, services and discussion

3:00: Adjourn

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LOCATION:

San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

NCTPG 2014 Annual Program: Archives in the Digital Age: When the Past Meets the Future

Presenting on this year’s topic:

 

  • Sherri Berger, Product Manager, California Digital Library

Building a Ten-Campus Digital Library Service at the University of California

The University of California Libraries and the California Digital Library are in the midst of an ambitious project to build a shared system for creating, managing, and providing access to unique digital resources—many of them archival—across the ten campuses. The UC Libraries Digital Collection project, which was defined by the libraries’ Next Generation Technical Services initiative, has three major objectives: 1) configure a digital asset management system where librarians can centrally add and edit digital files and metadata, 2) harvest metadata for digital resources hosted on external platforms, and 3) create a best-of-breed, integrated public interface so end-users can seamlessly search across these disparate resources. In addition to providing critical infrastructure for campus libraries to more efficiently manage and surface digital content, the resulting platform will also provide opportunities for collaboratively growing the collection. In May 2014, we will be about halfway through the project’s implementation—an ideal time to reflect on progress so far, challenges encountered, and how the project relates to broader strategies for connecting people with archives in the digital age.

Sherri Berger is a product manager at the California Digital Library, where she focuses on helping archives, libraries, and museums provide access to their unique and special collections holdings. She is part of a small team behind the Online Archive of California and Calisphere services, and is currently serving as project manager for implementation of the UC Libraries Digital Collection. Her professional interests include digital library assessment, usability and interaction design, and sustainability planning. Sherri holds an MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

 

  • Brewster Kahle, Digital Librarian and Founder of the Internet Archive

Towards Universal Access to All Knowledge

Advances in computing and communications mean that we can cost-effectively store every book, sound recording, movie, software package, and public web page ever created, and provide access to these collections via the Internet to students and adults all over the world. By mostly using existing institutions and funding sources, we can build this as well as compensate authors within the current worldwide library budget. Technological advances, for the first time since the loss of the Library of Alexandria, may allow us to collect all published knowledge in a similar way. But now we can take the original goal another step further to make all the published works of humankind accessible to everyone, no matter where they are in the world. Thomas Jefferson’s statement that “All that is necessary for a student is access to a library” may be an exaggeration, but access to information is a key ingredient to education and an open society. Will we allow ourselves to re-invent our concept of libraries to expand and to use the new technologies? This is fundamentally a societal and policy issue. These issues are reflected in our governments’ spending priorities, and in law.

A passionate advocate for public Internet access and a successful entrepreneur, Brewster Kahle has spent his career intent on a singular focus: Universal Access to All Knowledge. Brewster graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a degree in artificial intelligence. In 1996 he started the Internet Archive, which is now one of the largest digital libraries in the world.

 

  • Lara Michels, Project Archivist, Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Are We Losing Our (Paper) Minds? Processing Analog Collections in the Digital World

Most archivists work, and for the foreseeable future will continue to work, in hybrid environments where analog and digital coexist and where the perception and treatment of one is informed and sometimes limited by the existence of the other. Analog collections are rendered in digital surrogates surrounded and supported by standardized digital metadata. Born-digital materials can be sorted and placed into desktop “folders” in an act that models familiar behavior with analog material and provides a comforting illusion of physicality. This presentation will look at how the mingling of analog and digital systems in the 21st-century archival institution affects, for better or worse, the perceptions and decisions of archivists working on the 20th-century paper backlog. Is the rapidly growing presence of digital systems in analog archival processing causing us to lose our (paper) minds? If so, does it matter?

Lara Michels is an archivist currently working on the “quick kills” project to increase access to the paper manuscripts backlog of the Bancroft Library. She is also an historian with a PhD from Brandeis University.

Seeking speaker proposals for NCTPG’s 76th Annual Program

The Northern California Technical Processes Group is seeking speakers for its 76th annual program to be held in Spring 2013 in the San Francisco Bay Area:
Libraries Without Walls Revisited

Image: adapted from Benson Kua, 'Empty Seats' http://www.flickr.com/photos/91545223@N00/2405779789 Found on flickrcc.net

When the phrase “libraries without walls” was first coined in the 1970s, everyone read books the old-fashioned way, while iPads and the Cloud were the stuff of science fiction. We ask how technology has changed our profession, made our jobs easier, created new challenges for us, and how it ultimately will transform the very idea of libraries and what librarians and professional staff do.

Some ideas that you might consider:

a) How are libraries transcending their traditional boundaries, either physical or theoretical?

b) How can collections services support librarians and professional staff in meeting user needs in environments beyond the library – whether by facilitating embedded librarianship, getting library metadata “in the flow” where users anticipate and need it, or by engaging with patrons to describe, build, and re-contextualize collections?

c) How are librarians and professional staff collaborating with other institutions/staff to support the concept and vision of “libraries without walls”?

Please submit your proposals (no longer than 250 words) to info AT nctpg.org no later than December 31, 2012, at which time we will choose three speakers. See our PAST PROGRAMS and ARCHIVE sections to see what we’ve been up to the last 76 years. And if you know colleagues that would be interested in presenting at our program, please get in touch with them! While we are mainly looking for presenters involved with collections services, we would also welcome proposals from people who focus on reference and outreach work (for example, embedded librarians).

We look forward to your ideas, and to seeing you next spring.

(Image adapted from Benson Kua, ‘Empty Seats’ http://www.flickr.com/photos/91545223@N00/2405779789 Found on flickrcc.net)