ALCTS announces preconference on Real World Linked Data

For Immediate Release
Tue, 03/24/2015


Julie Reese

ALCTS Continuing Education and Program Manager

Association for Library Collections & Technical Services


CHICAGO — "Beyond the Looking Glass: Real World Linked Data. What Does It Take to Make It Work?," an Annual Conference preconference from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), explores ontology design and data modeling in the real world.  Join your colleagues from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 26, 2015 at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in San Francisco.  Register through the 2015 ALA Annual Conference website.

Too oft of late, discussions have focused on just the technology. An "It's COOL. Library is the last man to the party. Let's just DO IT already." mentality often leads the way. Until the rubber hits the funding road, and funders require results.  We need to equip library professionals with ontology design best practices in order to contribute to BIBFRAME discussions and other library domain ontology developments. Join us to learn about the people, processes, metrics and, yes, the technology needed to succeed. 

This preconference is intended for non-IT library staff with a general understanding of linked data who are ready to engage further in learning and applying data modeling concepts that are central to using/creating linked data in a production environment. Some knowledge of XML and HTML will be assumed (although not required).

Speakers: Jean Godby, senior research scientist, OCLC; Jenn Riley, associate dean, digital initiatives, McGill University Library; Nannette Naught, vice president, strategy and implementation, Information Management Team (IMT), Inc.; Steven Folsom, discovery metadata librarian, Cornell University

Register through the ALA Annual Conference web site. Add the preconference to your conference registration, or register for the preconference alone.  The price of this full-day preconference is: $219 for ALCTS members (use special code ALCTS2015); $269 ALA for members, $319 for non-members.  Event Code: ALC1

See the ALCTS conference website for information about other ALCTS events, including preconferences on best practices for cataloging videos, real world linked data, coding for efficiencies for cataloging and metadata, and challenges with managing streaming media for academic libraries.

This preconference is sponsored by the ALCTS Cataloging and Metadata Management Section’s (CaMMS) Continuing Education Committee.

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.