The Administrator, RDA, and the Future Catalog

The Administrator, RDA, and the Future Catalog: Issues, Viewpoints, Alternatives

an ALCTS Midwinter Symposium

Thursday, January 6, 2011

RDA is on the horizon. How will you implement it? What are the issues you need to pay attention to? Staffing? Budget? The catalog itself? Will RDA influence the future catalog? What might the future catalog be? This one day symposium examines the issues surrounding implementation of RDA and the future catalog. If you’re a director, assistant director or department head or anyone interested in the impact of RDA, you don’t want to miss this discussion.

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Make plans to arrive in San Diego in time for this interesting look at future libraries.

Speaker Bios    

tim strawnTim Strawn is currently the Director of Information Resources at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where he has administrative responsibilities for Collection Development, Technical Services, Special Collections and their Institutional Repository. Previously, Tim held a position as Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services at the University of Texas in Austin, and as the Geospatial Resources Cataloger for Harvard’s Geospatial Library which Tim helped launch in 2002. Prior to his MLS degree, Tim served as the Technical Services Manager for the Athens (Georgia) Regional Public Library System and as a Library Supervisor for the English Library at UCLA.

Tim has presented on topics concerning the changing role of libraries and the intersection of metadata providers, data delivery and user requirements. Some of his papers are:

  • “Organizing New Formats & Using New Standards, or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love XML” at the University of Texas
  • “Technical Services as User Services: Leveraging Technical Skill-sets and Embracing New Applications for User-centered Discovery” at the University of California
  • “The Library as Publisher?: Collecting and Curating Digital Data” at the 2010 ER&L Conference
  • "The Idea of Discovery: Planning and Implementing Access to Geospatial Data” at the Library of Congress    

olivia madisonOlivia Madison is Dean of the Library at Iowa State University.  She is the 2010 recipient of the Margaret Mann Citation and has published widely in the bibliographic standards area.  As a long-standing member of IFLA’s Standing Committee of the Section on Cataloguing,  Ms Madison served two two-year terms as chair of the Study Group on Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records. (These terms were interrupted by a two-year term as chair of the Standing Committee of the Section of Cataloging.) The work of this group has been broadly influential in shaping the development of several international cataloging codes including Resource Description and Access (RDA). More recently, Ms. Madison served as a member and  co-chair of the Library of Congress’s Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control. The conclusions of this diversely constituted group are likely to have widespread effects on the future of cataloging at the Library of Congress, nationally and internationally.    

Linda Barnhart has been the Head of the Metadata Services Department at the University of California, San Diego Libraries since 1994.
She comes from a music background, and her professional career includes a short period as a symphony orchestra librarian. She led a Mellon-funded grant project in the early part of this decade that studies the problem of aggregating metadata for art images in order to build a bibliographic utility for image copy cataloging.
Linda was instrumental in building and managing the University of California’s Shared Cataloging Program, which finds its home at the UCSD Libraries. This unique program catalogs electronic resources for the ten UC campuses, eliminating redundant work and promoting a collaborative enterprise. In the same spirit, she has recently been engaged with the Next Generation Technical Services effort within UC, whose goal is to redesign technical services at the system-wide level.    

molly tamarkin

Molly Tamarkin as Duke University’s Associate University Librarian for Information Technology, leads the development of information technology and technical services for Duke University Libraries. She came to this role after serving as the Chief Technology Officer at the University of Puget Sound. Earlier, she was the Associate Dean for IT in Arts & Sciences at Duke University and also served Duke as the Assistant Dean for IT at the Nicholas School of the Environment. Molly’s extensive career managing information technology is augmented by her work as a professional librarian.

Before Molly became the Director of Information Technology at Marlboro College, she served as Marlboro’s Library Director and, previously, worked at the University of Chicago Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and St. Louis Public Library in numerous capacities. She is on the review board for EDUCAUSE Quarterly and chairs the EDUCAUSE Evolving Technologies Committee.  She also serves on the Functional Council for the Kuali OLE project to develop a community source enterprise library system. Past presentations and publications have been in research computing infrastructure, e-learning, and administrative uses of social software. She has degrees from the University of Chicago, University of Missouri, and the University of Florida.    

tim bucknall

Tim Bucknall is the Assistant Dean of Libraries and Head of Electronic Resources and Information Technologies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Tim is one of the creators of the first OpenURL link resolver (Journal Finder). He also is the founder and organizer of the Carolina Consortium, a large "buyer's club" of academic libraries. Tim holds an M.A. and M.L.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.    





chris cole

Chris Cole is the Associate Director for Technical Services at the National Agricultural Library. That position oversees the Cataloging, Acquisitions and Serials, and the AGRICOLA Indexing operations. Before assuming that post in February 2005, he was a Digital Project Coordinator at the Library of Congress from 2002-2005. At LC, he was involved in several projects including automating the International Duplicate Materials Exchange Program and coordinating the Integrated Library Systems (ILS) Program Office. Prior to entering the Federal Service, Cole was a Cybrarian at the Intel Corporation working on documenting the development of each new microprocessor. Mr. Cole has also held a number of positions at public libraries focusing on technical services and automation operations.

Cole serves as co-chair of the RDA Implementation Coordinating Committee along with counterparts from the Library of Congress and the National Library of Medicine. He served as a member of the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control that issued their report – On the Record in January 2007. Mr. Cole has also served as a member of the OCLC Record Use Policy Council that helped create the new OCLC policy. He has been active professionally in a number of library associations and users groups and currently serves on the FLICC Membership Council and the OCLC Users’ Council.