Coding for Efficiencies in Cataloging and Metadata: an ALCTS preconference in San Francisco

For Immediate Release
Tue, 03/24/2015


Julie Reese

ALCTS Continuing Education and Program Manager

Association for Library Collections & Technical Services


CHICAGO — On Thursday, June 25, at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) brings you “Coding for Efficiencies in Cataloging and Metadata: Practical Applications of XML, XSLT, XQuery, and PyMarc for Library Data.”  This all day preconference, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., provides concrete examples and hands-on exercises for practical applications of coding with library data.   Register through the 2015 ALA Annual Conference website. The price to register is:  $219 for ALCTS members (use special code ALCTS2015); $269 ALA for members, $319 for non-members.  Event Code: ALC2

Session topics include:
•    XML and XSLT for streamlining and scaling up metadata and cataloging workflows;
•    RDF/XML for serializing MODS-RDF and BIBFRAME;
•    XQuery for extracting, manipulating, and constructing library metadata;
•    PyMARC for accessing and manipulating MARC records.

This preconference is intended for cataloging and metadata librarians or paraprofessionals and information science students having some familiarity with metadata creation and/or descriptive cataloging practices and at least one or two formats such as MARC, Dublin Core, MODS, METS or RDF. This preconference may also be useful for digital scholarship librarians and library technology staff. Sessions are oriented towards those who have some familiarity with the technologies covered, however it is not required.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a computer with XML-aware and Python software as well as questions for group discussion.  See the event page for complete instructions.

This preconference is presented by Timothy W. Cole, mathematics and digital content access librarian, University Library; Myung-Ja (“MJ”) Han, metadata librarian, University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign; Christine Schwartz, metadata librarian and XML database administrator, Princeton Theological Seminary Library; Heidi Frank, electronic resources and special formats cataloging librarian, New York University Libraries, Knowledge Access & Resources Management Services.

For questions, contact Julie Reese in the ALCTS Office at or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034.

This preconference was developed by the ALCTS Technical Services Workflows Efficiency Interest Group and is cosponsored by the LITA Program Planning Committee and Online Audiovisual Catalogers, Inc. (OLAC).

See the ALCTS conference web site for information about other ALCTS events, including preconferences on best practices for cataloging videos, real world linked data, cataloging special formats for children’s materials, and challenges with managing streaming media for academic libraries.

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.