Core Forum Webinar Series on Metadata & Collections

Core Webinar Series on Metadata & Collections

Dates: Wednesday, January 12, 2022 - Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CT

Description 

The Core Forum Webinar Series on Metadata & Collections is a four-part webinar series that highlights a variety of topics in metadata and collections. Originally part of the cancelled Core Forum, the presentations are geared toward library workers in metadata and collection positions. Core members and non-members are welcome to attend.  

Webinars

Title: Stacks Mapping Solution for a Better User Experience
      

Date: January 12th, 2022                                                                      

Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm (CT)

Description: TAs online access to library resources has become the norm, browsing habits have changed. In order to respond to users’ needs, I designed and developed a custom web application that provided a unique library service by assisting users navigate stacks remotely. When using this web app, users spent less time navigating the physical stacks searching for specific items. Although this project was designed during the COVID-19 pandemic, the time savings may be of particular benefit to patrons who wish to minimize time in shared spaces. Many libraries have had their budgets cut and implementing a new library technology may be very expensive. My stacks library solution will serve as an example to other small libraries that do not have the budget to purchase an out-of-the-box web solution

Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify key steps available to create a stacks mapping solution
  • Discover innovative ways to identify their users' needs and engage with them
  •  Learn about how users’ experience influences the web app interface to create a unique library service.

Who Should Attend: Anyone with an interest in the topic can benefit from this session and is welcome to participate.

Presenter: 

Marina Morgan is the Metadata Librarian at Florida Southern College, Roux Library. In her role, she supervises the Technical Services operations, develops procedures for processing all library materials, serves as the ILS and the ProQuest ETD administrator, manages the Institutional Repository, and co-manages the Digital Collections. Before coming to Florida Southern College, Marina taught a wide range of metadata and cataloging courses in Canada at Seneca College and at Mohawk College. Marina has a Master of Information Studies from the University of Toronto, a Post-Master’s Certificate in Library and Information Science, Web Programming and Information Architecture Pathway from San José State University, and a User Experience Design Certificate from Cornell University.

Webinar Title: Apples to Oranges: A Blueprint for Comparing Open and Proprietary Library Services Platforms
  

Date: February 16th, 2022   

Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm (CT)

Description

The University of Wyoming Libraries is evaluating systems to replace Sierra. As vendor consolidation continues to shrink available choices, open source solutions are gaining traction. Comparing vendor products with open source is a new experience for many of us. Resource sharing both within the state of Wyoming and in the Colorado Alliance, enhancing discovery, modern cloud infrastructure, and streamlining e-resources workflows are major concerns. We’ll share the processes we followed to assess requirements, evaluate available systems, and encourage participation and feedback from across the libraries and close partners.

Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • A process for assessing systems that could be used as a pattern or blueprint by similar institutions;
  •  Considerations for comparing vendor products with open-source solutions; and
  • Examples for methods for communication with an emphasis on open feedback and transparency.

Who Should Attend: Anyone with an interest in the topic can benefit from this session and is welcome to participate.

Presenter: 

Paula Martin works in the University of Wyoming Libraries as Assistant Dean, User Services. A native of Missouri, Paula holds a Master of Library and Information Science Degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Truman State University. She started her library career working in architecture and engineering libraries before switching to academic libraries. She’s worked in reference, instruction, circulation, electronic resources management, and most recently as the Director of Holman Library at McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois. She has also taught in the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Susan Wynne is the Discovery & Metadata Librarian at the University of Wyoming. Previously, she was the Catalog Management Librarian (aka catalog wrangler) at the University of Iowa, and Cataloging & Metadata Librarian at Georgia State University. She has published and presented on topics such as RDA (Resource Description and Access), next-generation catalogs, oral histories, and batch processes in library catalog systems. She has survived two prior system migrations (at different institutions), from Voyager to Millennium and a consortial migration from Voyager to Alma.

Webinar Title: Promoting Transparency and Collaboration Between Colleagues Through ER Activation
    

Date: March 2nd, 2022 

Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm (CT)

Description:Deployed over the summer, our new workflow utilizes tools available to increase transparency about the electronic resources acquisitions process. Technical Services worked with subject librarians to create a workflow that both got Acquisitions all the information needed to license or trial new resources while providing a space for subject librarians to work on resource descriptions and use a new tagging system to identify resources with full or partial access. In this session, I’ll go over our development process and discuss the first few months of use, noting both positive and negative outcomes.

Learning Outcomes: 

Attendees will learn about:

  • Be able to apply ideas and concepts heard to implement a new electronic resource workflow at their institutions
  • Understand why involving subject librarians in an electronic resource activation process is beneficial to both librarians and users
  • Understand how increased organization can ease internal burdens and increase transparency with stakeholders.

Who Should Attend: 

Anyone with an interest in the topic can benefit from this session and is welcome to participate.

Presenter:  Cara Calabrese is the Acquisitions & Access Librarian for Miami University Libraries (MUL), where she acquires content and supports electronic resources. Previously she was an ERM Librarian for UW-Madison and is a former Resident Librarian. She is a member of several Core Committees, including the Technical Services & Systems and Budget & Finance committees, and is the current New Members Round Table Treasurer.

Webinar Title: On Your MARC, Get Set, Code!

Date: March 23, 2022             

Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm (CT)

Description

How are MARC records performing in our search environment? This presentation will look at the process and results of a research project that analyzed how users’ search terms matched up with MARC fields, as well as how and where MARC records were displayed in search results lists. Presenters will discuss the process, the results of the project, and outline how attendees can implement similar research projects at their institutions, including tools and techniques they can use to analyze how their own records are surfacing in a search environment.

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of this webinar, attendees will

  • Tools and techniques for research that analyzes web logs and search terms;
  • How MARC fields interacted with user search terms in this research project; and
  • How the results of this research project were implemented in a cataloging workflow

Who Should Attend: Anyone with an interest in the topic can benefit from this session and is welcome to participate.

Presenter:  Liz Woolcott, Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services at Utah State University, manages the MARC and non-MARC metadata creation of the University Libraries and is the co-founder of the Library Workflow Exchange. She publishes and presents on workflow and assessment strategies for library technical services, innovative collaboration models, the impact of organizational structures on library work, creating strategic partnerships for libraries, and building consortial consensus for metadata standards.

Paul Daybell, Archival Cataloging Librarian at Utah State University Libraries, earned an MLS from Emporia State University and has been the Archival Cataloging Librarian at the Merrill-Cazier Library at Utah State University since 2020. He covers all things EAD and manages the library archival management system. His research interests include discoverability and tech services outreach.

Andrea Payant, Metadata Librarian for Utah State University since 2017, manages the creation and maintenance of Digital History Collections metadata at USU. She earned an MLIS degree from San Jose State University. She has been working in the cataloging and metadata field since 2008. Her research interests include: metadata quality benchmarks, metadata workflow efficiencies, and user-search behavior.

    Tech Requirements
    Core Webinars are held in Zoom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. You may interact with the presenter and ask questions through text-based chat. Closed captioning is available in the Zoom platform. The webcast will be recorded and the link to the recording shared with registrants shortly after the live event. 

    Contact
    If you have a question or need to make arrangements for special assistance or additional accessibility, please contact Tom Ferren (tferren@ala.org).