For immediate release | May 23, 2012

Learn how linked data will transform libraries in new workshop

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource announces a new workshop: Libraries and Linked Data: Looking to the Future with Karen Coyle.

Want to know more about linked data and how it will transform libraries? In this new workshop, appropriate for anyone with an introductory knowledge of linked data, library data guru and consultant Karen Coyle will give you an overview of the tools currently available for the creation of linked data. Providing a sampling of metadata building blocks, both elements and vocabularies, Coyle will survey elements available from areas of the linked data "cloud" outside libraries. You will explore the concepts of linked data and learn about some of the more common software development tools. You'll get the most current information on linked data in libraries and discuss how it will shape the future library.

Topics Include:

  • Linked data vocabularies
  • Software and tools
  • Resources and tutorials

This workshop will last 90 minutes and will take place on at 2:30 p.m. Easter/1:30 p.m. Central/12:30 p.m. Mountain/11:30 a.m. Pacific on Thursday, July 19.

Registration for this ALA TechSource Workshop is available on the ALA Store. Registration is available at both individual and group rates.

Karen Coyle is a librarian with more than 30 years’ experience with library technology, serving as consultant on a variety of issues relating to digital libraries. She has published dozens of articles and reports, many of which are available at She has served on several standards committees, including the MARC standards group (MARBI) and the NISO committee AX for the OpenURL standard and was an ALA representative on the e-book standards development team that contributed to the ePub standard. She writes and speaks on a wide range of policy areas, including intellectual property, privacy and public access to information, and is currently investigating the possibilities offered by the semantic web and linked data technology.

ALA TechSource Workshops are designed to give you and your staff the opportunity to participate in a hands‐on learning experience that will help you make the best technology decisions for your library.

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Dan Freeman


ALA Online Resources (AOR)

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