Save the Date : NETSL Spring Conference

NETSL has some great speakers for its spring conference. If you can go, it’s worth it.


8:30 – 9:30 am: Registration/Breakfast

9:30 am: Welcome

Morning Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Barbara B. Tillett, Chief, Policy and Standards Division, Library of Congress
“Building Blocks for the Future: Making Controlled Vocabularies Available for the Semantic Web”

Break – Coffee, Tea, Juice, Water

Breakout Session 1

Session 1A
Managing Objects and Data: from Call Numbers to Namespaces / Mark J. Caprio, Digital Services and Cataloging Librarian, Phillips Memorial Library, Providence College and Martha Rice Sanders, Knowledge Management Librarian, The HELIN Consortium
Over the last decade, formats within our collections have multiplied and collections have become distributed. Digital technologies have presented new challenges, tools, and vocabularies. However, has the intellectual analysis of collections or the need for rules governing their context across the expanse of collections changed? In this session, the presenters will argue, No! It is still about creating structures, identifying relationships, and learning from user/collection interactions using both traditional and newly created tools. Taking this position, they will moderate an open group discussion, highlighting future work, tools, and opportunities.

Session 1B
Mapping Bibliographic Metadata / Jean Godby, Research Scientist, OCLC
This session will start with a presentation of OCLC’s recent work on metadata mapping. Godby will give her perspective on how the subject should be scoped, why mapping is necessary, what has been successful, and where the outstanding problems are. The presentation will be followed by a discussion with the audience about how the library community can advance understanding of this important issue.

Session 1C
Tradition, Transition, and Transformation: A Look at Next Generation Library Systems / Kathryn Harnish, Director of URM Product Management, Ex Libris
As libraries consider current and future library management needs, the emphasis falls on three areas in which strong support is needed: the traditional tasks that libraries have done – and will need to continue to do; transitional activities that allow new, more efficient workflows and realignment of staff resources; and transformational functionality, which enables the library to extend its mission and strengthen its role within the larger institution. In this session, Kathryn will discuss the ways in which a next-generation library services framework will serve this spectrum of needs, pulling in examples from the work Ex Libris has done in developing its Unified Resource Management (URM) platform.

—-Spotlight on the New England Archivists (
—-Presentation of the NETSL Award for Excellence in Technical Services

Breakout Session 2

Session 2A
Metadata 101 / Kelcy Shepherd, Digital Interfaces Librarian, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries
Metadata plays an essential role in the discovery, delivery, administration, and preservation of both traditional and digital collections. Understanding metadata and its uses goes far beyond the standard definition of metadata as “data about data.” Designed for those with little or no prior knowledge of metadata, this session will explain fundamentals such as structure, schemas, and standards; review different types of metadata and their purposes; and provide an overview of current metadata standards in the library, archives, and visual resources communities.

Session 2B
Go fish! How to catch and clean MARC records using Z39.50 and MarcEdit / Benjamin Abrahamse, Head, Serials Cataloging Section, Cataloging and Metadata Services, MIT Libraries
In this presentation we will explore using MarcEdit’s integrated Z39.50 client to query bibliographic databases on the Web and look at how to manipulate MARC data using various MarcEdit functions, in particular the ability to export MARC as tab-delimited text.   We will also take a brief look at various ways of exporting MARC records from MarcEdit into other applications.

Session 2C
Another full service bibliographic utility for cataloging: why this matters / Leslie Strauss, President, SkyRiver
The arrival of the SkyRiver bibliographic utility has sparked an exceptional level of interest within technical services circles.  There are various reasons for this which will be elucidated during this session.

Break – Soda, Water

Afternoon Keynote Speaker:
Jon Orwant, Engineering Manager for Google Books, Google Magazines, and Google Patents
“Creating a Trillion-Field Catalog: Metadata in Google Books”

3:30 p.m.  Adjournment


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