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Theodore Thompson
Theodore Thompson

Digital Collection Management Through The Library Catalog [WORK]

Digital preservation is a phrase that is thrown about frequently in the archives and library world. And responsibility for saving our era from being known as the "Digital Dark Age" has fallen to us. But do you really understand what it means and is required to preserve digital objects? Join us for this 2-hour webinar for an introduction to terms, concepts, and some methods for beginning your institutions foray into this important and challenging area, with expert presenters from the State Library of North Carolina's Digital Information Management Program.

digital collection management through the library catalog


This presentation provides an introduction to the Bibliographic Framework (BIBFRAME), a model used for expressing and connecting bibliographic data through the semantic web. Includes an overview of linked data, examples of MARC metadata expressed as BIBFRAME, and shows the possibilities of library linked data.

Do you have special collections that need to be digitized? Digitization projects can be a big undertaking, but the key to success is in the planning process. Libraries must consider content selection, scanning processes, copyright, and making content available for public use. In this webinar, collaborators from the Digital Public Library of America's Public Library Partnerships Project will help participants think through the digitization of their archives. Using a free, online curriculum developed as part of the project, they will share tips and ideas to consider when planning the who, what, when, where, how, and why of a digital project. They will also discuss feedback from the beginners who have been through their training program.

This course, aimed at library staff new to cataloging, provides an introduction to the purpose, importance and varieties catalogs. It also provides the learner with a basic orientation to standard cataloging activities.

This introductory webcast on the proposed cataloging rules, Resource Description and Access (RDA), highlights the critical differences between the current cataloging rules (AACR2) and RDA. It is designed as a primer for both front-line catalogers and library administrators in all types of libraries who need to learn how bibliographic and authority records will change when RDA is implemented. The session would be an excellent introduction to record changes for both original catalogers and copy catalogers.

A chief strength of libraries is making knowledge accessible through the lending of physical objects. Join us for an interactive discussion on building a circulating collection of objects for your library. Together we will explore how to select the tools needed by your community. We will also examine how partnerships with local organizations and events can help raise awareness of your tools collection.

Resource Description and Access (RDA) is the successor to the cataloging rules, AACR2. RDA completely revamps the structure of the cataloging instructions by closely following the entity-relationship model used to construct databases. However, as complex as these changes are, they can be reduced to ten easy steps. Join in on a walkthrough of the new structure. A demonstration of how a simple book can be cataloged with RDA helps catalogers understand the new structure and makes it easier to navigate RDA and find related instructions for other resources.

Have you found yourself responsible for cataloging with no previous experience? Is "cataloger" only one of many hats you wear at your library? Attend this session to learn about free tools to innovate your cataloging process, make your life easier, and get your library's materials cataloged and in the hands of your patrons.Presented by: Emily Nimsakont

Marshall Breeding, an independent consultant, will provide an overview of the current realm of search tools that libraries provide to their communities, including index-based discovery services, socially enabled library portals, and related products. Looking beyond the current slate of products, Breeding will discuss some of areas of opportunity and possible areas of future development. Areas of interest include ways that libraries can leverage these capability of these tools beyond the confines of their own web sites to increase discoverability of library resources in other contexts such as learning management systems, community portals, and the general web.

Reap the benefits of a well-weeded collection! This session discusses the life cycle of a collection, including weeding techniques, collection management policies, and how to motivate reluctant weeders. Join co-authors of the popular blog Awful Library Books to learn their holistic approach to collection management as they help all types and sizes of libraries find the joy in a shelf list that reflects a clean, relevant, and current collection!

Mention collection development and most librarians think of the selection of new materials for the library. Weeding - removing library materials from your collection - is an often forgotten, yet integral part of collection development. In this course you will first discover why that is true, and then learn the techniques of weeding, develop policies and avoid common pitfalls. The information is relevant to all types of libraries and addresses the weeding of all types of library materials, including adult and children's collections, as well as print and non-print materials. Learning Objectives

Learn how to keep your library collection user-friendly, increase circulation, and improve the appeal of your library with these weeding tips, tricks, and techniques. Denise Harders, Co-Director of the Central Plains Library System, will discuss the importance of weeding and how to do it successfully. We will also hear about the annual CPLS Month of Weeding project.

By 2020, we can build a collaborative digital library collection and circulation system in which thousands of libraries unlock their analog collections for a new generation of learners, enabling free, long-term, public access to knowledge.

I suggest that by working together, we can efficiently achieve our goal. This will require the library community working with philanthropists, booksellers, and publishers to unleash the full value of our existing and future collections by offering them digitally.

Using the Open Library approach as a foundation, we can expand to bring all interested libraries digital by 2020. By building upon the collection of 2.5 million public domain e-books that so many libraries have collaboratively digitized with the Internet Archive, we can bring the full breadth of books, both past and present, to millions of readers on portable devices, at websites, and through online library catalogs. With its extensive collections and strong public service mission, the library community can be central to this endeavor.

Libraries can take a giant step forward in the digital era by lending purchased and digitized e-books. The Internet Archive digital e-book lending program mirrors traditional library practices: one reader at a time can borrow a book, and others must wait for that one to be returned manually; alternatively, after two weeks the book is automatically returned and is offered to any waiting patrons. The technical protection mechanisms used to ensure access to only one reader at a time are the same technologies used by publishers to protect their in-print e-books. In this way, the Open Library site is respectful of rights issues and can leverage some of the learning and tools used by the publishers. The California library consortium Califa has set up its own lending server, and it makes purchased and digitized books available through its own infrastructure to California residents. We understand the Department of Education in China also loans books it owns to one reader at a time at a major Chinese university. We all learn and benefit when different organizations in different countries test a range of approaches to access, balancing convenience and rights issues.

Turning on the e-book links in a catalog might be very easy now that many libraries have their catalogs on cloud services from major catalog vendors. Persuading those providers to collaborate with this community could help deliver e-books to millions of patrons with a flip of a digital switch.

If we are striving to build the modern-day Library of Alexandria, we should avoid the fate of the first Library of Alexandria: burning. If the library had made another copy of each work and put them in India or China, we would have the complete works of Aristotle and the lost plays of Euripides. Our community should preserve multiple copies of the books that are bought and digitized. While many libraries may be content with access to the collection on a cloud-based server, we can empower and encourage a number of libraries to store local digital copies of their books.

Also, we now have a funding commitment to digitize millions of books and other materials that are donated to the Internet Archive. Through this initiative, the Internet Archive will seek to acquire and then digitize a core collection of books based on the recommendations of a curatorial team, while considering lists such as those compiled by OCLC and the Open Syllabus Project. This funding gives other organizations the option to donate appropriate physical books to the Internet Archive and receive a digital copy in return, at no cost to their institution.

Each of our organizations has a role to play in building this collaborative digital library collection and circulation system. The Internet Archive is ready to contribute scanning technology, backend infrastructure, and philanthropic funding to digitize a core set of books that will serve K-16 learners. We are calling for partners who will help curate and source the best collections beyond what we can do, for vendors who will help circulate digital copies, and for leaders who are bold enough to push into new territory.

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