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ALA Midwinter-ALCTS CCS Cataloging Norms Discussion Group Birdie MacLennan 04 Jan 2008 18:02 UTC

ALCTS CCS Cataloging Norms Discussion Group The ALCTS/CCS Cataloging
Norms Discussion Group cordially invites you to join our discussion
group at Mid-Winter in Philadelphia to hear three presenters and their
discussions of how three cataloging departments faced the challenges
of growing interactions between cataloging and digital initiatives and
changing norms.

Date: Jan. 12, 2008
Time: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Location: Room 109B, Philadelphia Convention Center

Our speakers are:

Rebecca L. Lubas, Head of Cataloging & Metadata Services, MIT Libraries
Speaking on: "Creating a Metadata Services Unit at MIT Libraries"

In response to the changing needs of collections and users, the
Cataloging Department at MIT created a Metadata Services Unit. We
partnered with the OpenCourseWare (OCW) project, an effort to provide
course materials for all of MITs courses online, free to anyone with
Internet access. OCW has thousands of digital resources that need
metadata for better searching and preservation. We participated in the
testing and design of the content management system for OCW, and hired
a Metadata Production Assistant and a Metadata Librarian. The new unit
faced challenges that traditional cataloging work had not before, such
as paying customers, evolving best practices, and dependence on
non-librarians for bibliographic information. The presentation also
addresses how catalogers? work and responsibilities changed.

Charlene Chou, Catalog Librarian, Columbia University Libraries
Speaking on: 'Expanding the Cataloger's Role in the Era of Global
Digital Libraries"

In response to the changing demands of next-generation catalogs and
global digital libraries, the role of catalogers has been redefined
and will change drastically in the coming years. Users need better
catalogs. In addition to analyzing current developments, this
presentation will give examples of current projects at Columbia
University to illustrate how catalogers have used their specialized
skills in languages and subject analysis to contribute to the
formation of global digital libraries. With the development of Web 3.0
as a reference to the semantic Web, are catalogers ready for the next
wave of challenges coming soon?

Patricia Dragon, Cataloger, Cataloging Department, Joyner Library,
East Carolina University
Speaking on: "Authority Control Challenges Presented by Regional
Cultural Heritage Digitization Projects"

For many institutions, a key component of their digital library
programs is the digitization of regional significant cultural heritage
materials for a wider community as well as the academic community.
Authority control adds value to a discovery tool and is traditionally
performed by catalogers. At ECU?s Joyner Library, we view it as part
of our information service to the region to perform authority work on
regionally significant names for our digitization program and
discovery tools. The addition of digital projects to the traditional
library cataloging environment creates a number of challenges for
authority control and catalogers to create and ensure a seamless
discovery environment, and specifically, a quality federated search
function across discovery tools. I will explore how (and why) to meet
these challenges and solicit ideas from the audience.

Contact Co-chairs Tatiana Barr <> or Lihong Zhu
<> for more information.


          Birdie MacLennan
          University of Vermont
          Vice co-chair, ALCTS CCS Cataloging Norms Discussion Group