Interest Group Discussion Sessions for ALA Annual 2018

2018 ALA Annual Conference - New Orleans LA - June 21-26

LITA Meetings and Interest Group discussion sessions descriptions listed by day, time, alphabetical by name, and multi-division meetings.

Saturday, June 23

Linked Library Data Interest Group (ALCTS LITA)
Morial Convention Center, Rm 265-268
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Meeting of the joint ALCTS/LITA interest group.

Please join us for three exciting presentations describing linked data projects. After our speaker presentations, the group will have an opportunity for questions and discussion.

Can’t get enough linked data? After the LLD-IG session, join the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group, in conjunction with the ALCTS/LITA Linked Library Data Interest Group, on Saturday, June 23 at 10:30-11:30am as they present “Implementing Linked Open Data in the Real World

Evidence-Building using Linked Administrative Data at the Census Bureau

Kate McNamara
Census Bureau

The Census Bureau is expanding its Data Linkage Infrastructure to improve access for evaluators, program and policy analysts, and researchers. The new data linkage initiative improves access to these data, increases the discoverability of data with inventories and metadata, and leverages new technology. We are currently conducting a variety of research projects leveraging administrative records linked to demographic and economic survey data. Census has also played a role in collaborative efforts to create best practices for data sharing and access, including the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking and the Administrative Data Research Facilities Network. Audience members will come away with an understanding of data linkage at Census and learn how librarians can play a role in the evolving landscape of administrative data.

Who Will be Our bf: Comparing techniques for conversion from MARC to BIBFRAME

Sharon Farnel, Abigail Sparling, Ian Bigelow, and Danoosh Davood
University of Alberta Libraries

The University of Alberta Libraries is actively ramping up for linked data implementation through local experimentation, research and external partnerships. Though BIBFRAME is still in development, several transformation tools have already been created, and with many libraries planning for a future move to linked data it would seem timely to compare approaches to moving legacy MARC data to BIBFRAME. Setting aside the question of whether BIBFRAME should be the vehicle for libraries to move to linked data, this investigation is aimed at comparing two approaches to converting MARC to bf:2.0: LC MARC to BIBFRAME XSLT: An XSLT 1.0 application aimed at converting MARC to RDF/XML released in March 2017 and Casalini SHARE Virtual Discovery Environment: A project by Casalini Libri and @Cult to develop a linked data discovery environment, including a conversion tool for MARC to bf:2.0 RDF.

Through the comparison and analysis of these two transformation approaches several topics will be explored: Comparison of data mapping through conversion, Implications for conversions for monograph and serial formats, Approaches to reconciliation through both processes, and In house and vendor workflow implications.

Demonstrating the Production Value of Linked Data Services

John Chapman, OCLC
Xiaoli Li, University of California Davis

Cornell University, University of California, Davis, and the Montana State Library have partnered with OCLC in a joint research project prototyping a new suite of linked data services. This unique project uses the out-of-the-box services from Wikibase and a high-quality set of entities from multiple linked data sources. The prototype comprises services for 1) reconciling strings representing people, organizations, concepts, places, and events against an index based on entities, providing persistent identifiers; and 2) creating, editing, and sharing entity descriptions, while also allowing for the contribution of additional contextual relationships between entities, beyond those that can be found by mining structured data in bibliographic and authority data.

In this presentation, Xiaoli Li, Department Head - Content Support Services, from the University of California, Davis and John Chapman, Senior Product Manager - Metadata Services, from OCLC will give an update on project progress, demonstrate the interfaces and underlying data, and cover technical challenges and achievements. As the project has focused on meeting real library use cases, the speakers will also discuss insights into the efficacy and efficiency of introducing linked data tools in metadata management workflows.

Can’t get enough linked data? After the LLD-IG session, join the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group, in conjunction with the ALCTS/LITA Linked Library Data Interest Group, on Saturday, June 23 at 10:30-11:30am as they present “Implementing Linked Open Data in the Real World”.

LITA Instructional Technologies Interest Group
Morial Convention Center, Rm 275-277
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Meeting of the LITA Instructional Technologies Interest Group.

LITA Library Consortia Automated Systems Interest Group
Morial Convention Center, Rm 269
10:30 am - 11:30 am
This group offers a free form discussion of activities and issues related to shared ILS systems and other cooperative IT-based services. If you are struggling with an issue, this is a great place to ask how other systems, regardless of ILS platform, deal with it. If you’re doing something wonderful, come share your ideas.

LITA E-rate and CIPA Compliance Interest Group
Morial Convention Center, Rm 335-336
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Whether your library is small or large, we invite you to join us discuss the nuances of eRate and ways it can be used to help fund general networking equipment to a full fiber optic internet connections. For this meeting we'll focus on Filtering Solutions for schools and public libraries which have different needs when it comes to CIPA-compliant filtering solutions. Are the available solutions suitable for both? What is missing? Please join us for a discussion about Filtering solutions and share what we know is available and what we would like the software to include.

MARC Formats Transition Interest Group (ALCTS LITA)
Morial Convention Center, Rm 279-280
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
The MARC Formats Transition IG will host presentations from two speakers from the PCC Task Group on URIs in MARC:

Chew Chiat Naun
Head of Metadata Creation, Harvard Library
Abstract: Why try and do linked data in MARC? In this presentation we'll talk about how and why the PCC task group was formed, what our aims are (as well as what they are not), where we think they fit in the current scheme of things, what we've learned about how metadata practices evolve, and what we as practitioners can do next.
Nancy Fallgren
Senior Metadata Librarian, Cataloging and Metadata Management Section, National Library of Medicine
Abstract: One thing leads to another and nothing is ever as simple as it seems or as it should be. A winding tale about how the PCC URI Task Group influenced NLM to attempt the seemingly simple task of adding URIs to bibliographic data, subsequent lessons in scalability and shared cataloging complexities, persevering in the midst of obstacles, and (mostly) prevailing . . . but always pushing forward.

Sunday, June 24

LITA Maker Technology Interest Group
Morial Convention Center, Rm 394
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Get to know your fellow and future Makerspace folks from all types of libraries. Share your successes and bring your questions and knowledge to share with others.

Electronic Resources Management Interest Group (LITA ALCTS)
Morial Convention Center, Rm 281-282
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Meeting of the Electronic Resources Management Interest Group.

Authority Control Interest Group (ALCTS LITA)
Morial Convention Center, Rm 201-202
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The joint LITA/ALCTS Authority Control Interest Group provides a forum for discussion on a variety of issues related to authority control for online catalogs and for international sharing of authority data.

Monday, June 25

Instructional Technologies IG and LITA Guides: A discussion
Morial Convention Center, Rm 298
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Come learn and share about instructional technologies! Our featured guest will be Breanne Kirsch, author of The LITA Guide to No- or Low-Cost Technology Tools for Libraries, which highlights a number a great, free instructional technology tools. We will have plenty of time to have an open discussion facilitated by LITA ITIG Chair Lilly Ramin, to share the technology tools we are using in our libraries.

Moderator: Lilly Ramin
First Year Experience, Instructional Technologies, and Sociology Librarian
University of North Texas Libraries
Speaker: Breanne Kirsch
Coordinator of Emerging Technologies & Public Services Librarian
University of South Carolina Upstate

LITA Altmetrics and Digital Analytics Interest Group
Morial Convention Center, Rm 297
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Join us for a panel discussion on "Measuring the Reuse of Digital Objects: Where to Start?" Libraries are invested in the creation and sharing of digital objects via their digital collections and repositories. Measuring the impact of these collections is a daunting challenge and talking about measuring the reuse of digital objects even more so. This panel starts a lively conversation about measuring the reuse of digital objects and see where it goes.

Moderator: Tabatha Farney
Director of Web Services and Emerging Technologies, Kraemer Family Library
University of Colorado - Colorado Springs
Speaker: Jennifer Chan
Scholarly Communication Librarian
University of California, Los Angeles