XML and Libraries

American Library Association Midwinter Meeting 2004

Friday, January 9, 2004, Manchester Grand Hyatt - Manchester G

This workshop will cover the structure and utility of Extensible Markup Language (XML) with an emphasis on the relevance of XML to libraries. We will discuss the role XML plays in diverse applications such as web design, content management, descriptive metadata; how to use XML to achieve the separation of content and presentation on a web site; and how to use stylesheets to tie together XML-based components for building web-based applications. Points Covered:

  • History of XML
  • Why librarians should care about XML
  • Using XML on the Web (including stylesheets)
  • Using XML for data interchange
  • Using XML for metadata
  • Using XML for building and augmenting library applications


This workshop is especially productive for library webmasters and systems librarians, but would be useful to anyone who is interested in web technology, data representation, or who wants to know what XML is all about. A basic familiarity with HTML is assumed.


Art Rhyno is a Systems Librarian at the University of Windsor and holds an adjunct appointment at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He received his MLIS from the University of Western Ontario in 1988 and has an undergraduate degree in Math and Computer Science. He has recently authored a book on Open Source Software (OSS) and Digital Libraries, and has written several articles and a book chapter on XML. He has also contributed to several OSS projects involving XML and does extensive work with XML-directed architectures like Cocoon and AxKit.

Registration Information

Fees: LITA Member: $195; ALA Member: $245*; Non-Member: $315
*fee includes LITA membership

All registrants receive a copy of LITA's latest Guide, "XML: A Guide for Librarians" by Ron Gilmour.