For immediate release | October 10, 2011

Libraries, Linked Data and the Semantic Web: An ALCTS Midwinter Symposium

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services is pleased to present this Midwinter Symposium: “Libraries, Linked Data and the Semantic Web: Positioning Our Catalogs to Participate in the 21st Century Global Information Marketplace” from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012.

The Web is evolving from a global information space for storing individual documents into a highly diverse information network in which pieces of data interlink and work synergistically together to create meaning. Speakers will introduce the Semantic Web and the basics of linked data. A section on library linked data will include a review of the state of the art and some practical experience in linking library data to the greater linked data cloud. Librarians, developers of web applications, information architects and others interested in the basic concept of the semantic web, linked data and how libraries can take a leadership role in creating linked data solutions.

Speakers include: Peter Brantley, director, BookServer Project at the Internet Archive; Karen Coyle, consultant, author with more than 30 years of experience with library technology; Corey A. Harper, metadata services librarian, New York University libraries; Eric Miller, co-founder and president of Zepheira, which provides solutions to effectively integrate, navigate and manage information across boundaries of person, group and enterprise; and Ross Singer, Interoperability and Open Standards Champion at Talis.

You can register for this important symposium through the ALA Midwinter Meeting registration site, Registration is $219 for ALCTS members, $269 for ALA members, $319 for non-members, and $99 for student and retired members. For more information please visit the Events and Conferences section of the ALCTS website at You may also contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Continuing Education Manager,

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association


Charles Wilt