What is XML? How Can XML be Used in Libraries?

A LITA preconference at 2002 ALA Annual Conference.

This preconference will be held at the Wyndham Hotel, in the Centennial Ballroom.

Registration will be available onsite at the Wyndham's Centennial Ballroom for this LITA Preconference. Please bring payment with you. Make checks or purchase orders out to "LITA".

The day begins with an overview of XML and a discussion of functions it is used for such as data exchange and document markup. We will give greater detail about XML by explaining the elements, entities, document type definitions and schemas. Also included is a description of XML products such as XLink, XPath and SOAP.

After general descriptions, we explore methods of representing data through XML. In a discussion of popular document type definitions used by the library community. The various metadata description schemes used in XML including the Dublin Core (DC), the Encoded Archival Description (EAD) and the Visual Resources Association Core Categories (VRA) will be detailed. This discussion concludes with a description of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI).

The function of using XML for document exchange through will be illustrated. Protocols and standards to be discussed include, the NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol (NCIP), Z39.5 holdings, XML gateways and Online Information eXchange(ONIX).

The preconference concludes with a review of successful implementations of XML in libraries. The "real world" descriptions will provide the attendee with a framework to better understand application of XML in libraries.


This one-day preconference is for everyone who is involved in or is considering using, designing and implementing XML-based solutions.

Presenters & Topics

  • Sara Randall, Product Manager, Digital Library Development, Endeavor Information Systems
  • John Kolman, Elissar Software
  • Roy Tennant, eScholarship Web & Services Design Manager, California Digital Library
  • David Ruddy, Electronic Publications Specialist, Digital Library and Information Technologies, Cornell University Library
  • Ralph LeVan, Senior Consulting Research Scientist, OCLC Office of Research

This preconference is made possible in part by the generous support of Endeavor Information Systems.

Registration Information

You may register onsite at the Wyndham Centennial Ballroom

LITA Member, $175; ALA Member (fee includes LITA membership), $220; Non-Member, $295.

Breaks, lunch, and materials will be included in the registration fee.

LITA members receive LITA's journal and discounts on institutes and publications. For more information about joining LITA, see: Join LITA. To join ALA and LITA, visit the ALA online membership form.

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