Spring 2020 Meeting

Metadata Matters: MARC and Beyond

Cuyahoga County Public Library | Parma-Snow Branch Auditorium
2121 Snow Rd. | Parma, OH 44134
Registration and light refreshments: 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Program: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Please note the change in meeting time from previous meetings!

Friday, March 20, 2020
Deadline to register is Friday, March 13

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NOTSL is pleased to welcome the following speakers and their presentations

Metadata for Digital Collections
Presented by Marcia Zeng, Professor, School of Information, Kent State University

This presentation will contribute to the NOTSL 2020 conference’s main theme which focuses on digital projects in libraries. These digital projects are essential for extending the value of digital collections beyond being just retrospective resource warehouses. Advancing from digitizing to datafying will enable the digital collections to be better shared, linked, enriched, and reused. By looking at any given item from different perspectives (production, content, and the audience’s interests), a digital project can gain a clearer understanding about the range of its scopes, expected workflows, and needed investments for various opportunities. These will lead to a set of decisions, including: what metadata standards to follow, what metadata elements to include in the application profiles or schemas, how to ensure metadata interoperability (mapping and integration within a repository and beyond), and how to make the metadata search-engine-friendly. This presentation will discuss the best practices and standards that are applicable to metadata design and implementation while ensuring the functionality of metadata following the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) principles.  

Marcia Lei Zeng is Professor of Library and Information Science at Kent State University. Her research interests include knowledge organization systems (taxonomy, thesaurus, ontology, etc.), Linked Data, metadata, smart data, database quality control, semantic technologies, and digital humanities, with over 100 research papers, 5 books (including Metadata 2nd).  She has chaired or served on committees, working groups, and executive boards for IFLA, SLA, ASIS&T, NISO, ISO, DCMI, ISKO, and W3C. Currently she is serving as an Executive Board Member of the International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO).

Maneuvering Through Complex Copyright and Privacy Issues in Digital Collections
Presented by Virginia Dressler, Digital Projects Librarian, Kent State University; and Cynthia Kristof, Head, Copyright and Scholarly Communication, Associate Professor, Kent State University

Kent State University Libraries received a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to aid digitization initiatives around selected subcollections from the May 4th Collection. The grant funded digitization of the selection of the large archival collection and the library developed new workflows to address copyright and privacy issues. The session will provide information around complex copyright and privacy issues in archives, including fair use analysis, permission-seeking and instilling a privacy review.

Virginia Dressler is the Digital Projects Librarian at Kent State University. Her specialty areas are project management of digital projects and reformatting of analog collections for open digital collections, including overseeing the Daily Kent Stater digital archive project (daily student newspaper) and working with the university’s unique collections. She holds an MLIS from Kent State University and MA in Art gallery and Museum Studies from the University of Leeds.

Cynthia Kristof is Head, Copyright and Scholarly Communication, and Associate Professor at Kent State University.

Metadata Transformation for Digital Migrants
Presented by Arjun Sabharwal, Associate Professor/Digital Initiatives Librarian, The University of Toledo

Metadata transformation is an inevitable process in the migration of digital repositories, given the capabilities of the platform, emerging standards, and collection reassessment. Several factors can compel a decision to migrate and shape the directions that migrations take: budget, staffing, institutional mandates (or lack of investment), emerging technologies, and new metadata, description, and encoding standards. There are also multiple external frameworks that shape the migration process; for instance, a transition team (or just the repository manager) needs to plan how a migration may affect compliance with such standards as the OAI-PMH, how it can continue interfacing with DPLA, discovery services, and open data environments. Each move requires a collection reassessment, which includes reappraising the digital collections, reevaluating the metadata records, and redesigning the workflow involved in the daily administration of the digital repository because each move necessitates content and format migration, metadata transformation, and workflow reconfiguration. In cases of migration away from costly proprietary environments towards bare-bone open-source platforms, workflow becomes an important issue with the need to develop macros, tool chains, and creative solutions. This presentation will present details on metadata transformation in relation to the University of Toledo Digital Repository.

Arjun Sabharwal joined the University of Toledo as Digital Initiatives Librarian in 2009.  His primary work focuses on digital preservation, curating the Toledo’s Attic virtual museum, and managing the University of Toledo Digital Repository. He completed his MLIS degree with a graduate certificate in archival administration at Wayne State University in Detroit. His research interests include Digital Humanities, interdisciplinary approaches to digital curation, digital preservation, archival science, and information architecture. He wrote a book (Digital Curation in the Digital Humanities: Preserving and Promoting Archival and Special Collections), published several articles, and presented on the topic of digital curation.



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