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ALCTS Virtual Preconference: We Can Do It, You Can Too! Metadata Automation for Everyone


This 2-part virtual preconference will feature presentations on workflows and automation tools to aid in metadata transformation, repurposing formats like EAD or MARC, reconciliation through Open Refine, or clean-up of legacy data.

As the pressure mounts to “digitize all the things!," the need to upload new digital material quickly, efficiently, and accurately while maintaining established standards for discovery and interoperability becomes essential. Methods for meeting these expectations include leveraging existing archival data, batch processing, vocabulary reconciliation, and other techniques. 


Session 1: Automating Descriptive Metadata Creation: Tools and Workflows

Tuesday, June 7, 2:00 – 3:30 PM, Library West Room 419


This 90-minute session will examine workflows for automating the creation of descriptive metadata. Presenters will demonstrate tools such as XSLT/XPath/XProc, JavaScript, and Open Refine for generating and refining metadata as well as Google Forms for collecting and identifying descriptive metadata elements.


Presentation Titles & Presenters:


Session 2: Automating Legacy Data Cleanup Projects

Wednesday, June 8, 2:00 – 3:30 PM, Library West Room 419



This 90-minute session will demonstrate two case studies for automating clean-up processes for legacy data. Presenters will demonstrate workflows and use of tools such as MARCEdit, and Open Refine for batch editing large retrospective projects.  


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Registration: UF Libraries employees register through the Instruction and Training Database.

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Works in Progress Webinar: Linked Open Data for Digitized Special Collections - OCLC


Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Library West Room 419 


Today digitized special collections play a major role in humanities scholarship and pedagogy. When well-connected such collections can better achieve contextual mass, enable complex connective research, and support the collation and contextualization of physically dispersed primary sources. This Webinar will describe the in-progress enrichment and transformation of metadata describing two digitized image collections at the University of Illinois. We will describe the challenges of turning metadata strings into URIs, discuss the expressiveness and our use of, detail how we map traditional metadata into RDF, and outline how we plan to provide users with new functionalities that leverage increased connectedness and integration with other Linked Open Data resources. 


This Webinar will be of interest to catalogers, metadata librarians and curators of digitized special collections seeking models for making their digital collections more visible to Linked Open Data services and better connected to related resources on the Semantic Web.



Timothy W. Cole: Project PI, CIRSS Coordinator for Library Applications and Professor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Myung-Ja K. Han: Project co-PI, Metadata Librarian and Associate Professor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign




Registration: UF Libraries employees register through the Instruction and Training Database.

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TLDR (Too long, didn't read): how to write effectively for web sites and mobile - Florida Library Webinar


Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 2:00 – 3:00 PM, Library West Room 419 


On the web people don't read, they scan, skim and select. How many times have you arrived at a page and found your eyes glazing over when faced with long, wordy paragraphs? 

Usability studies show that less is more - people don't find information that is right in front of them when it's buried in long paragraphs. 

In this webinar we'll offer specific guidelines, such as: 
• layer the details 
• less is more 
• chunking the content and more. 

If you write copy for the web (desktop or mobile sites), you can greatly improve your site by following these guidelines.




Registration: UF Libraries employees register through the Instruction and Training Database.

All other parties please register via email here.

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BIBFRAME & Real World Applications of Linked Bibliographic Data - NISO Virtual Conference


Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 11:00 – 5:00 PM, Library West Room 419


In the four years since the Library of Congress launched the BIBFRAME project, a tremendous amount of progress has been made in transferring traditional bibliographic information into new structures that are more grounded in linked-data and web-centric principles. This virtual conference will explore implementations of BIBFRAME data, and related approaches to sharing and interacting with it. Speakers will address active projects based on linked data and how those services are improving interactions and discovery of information resources.


Confirmed speakers include: Shana McDanold, Georgetown University; Carolyn Hansen, University of Cincinnati; Ted Lawless, Thomson Reuters; Michael Lauruhn, Elsevier; Tim Thompson, Princeton University; Eric Miller, Zepheira; and Carl Stahmer, University of California-Davis.


Preliminary Agenda


11:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. – Introduction
Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO


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11:10am - 11:45am Landscape and Current Status of BIBFRAME and Related Initiatives

Our opening keynote speaker will provide an orientation for attendees by reviewing the current state of the BIBFRAME model as an initiative. She will introduce those groups and players operating independently but in collaboration with the BIBFRAME group. Finally, she will ensure that attendees have a basic familiarity with basic concepts and/or vocabulary needed in understanding subsequent speakers.


Speaker: Shana McDanold, Unit Head, Metadata Services, Georgetown University



11:45am - 12:15pm  BIBFRAME and BIBFRAME (Lite): A Deeper Dive
Speaker: Carolyn Hansen, Metadata Librarian, University of Cincinnati Libraries


This presentation will review BIBFRAME and BIBFRAME (Lite) in more depth. It will describe the vision and milestones for the initiative and will further cover active working areas, including vocabulary redevelopment, naming conventions, profiles, and authority. Challenges such as mapping to other ontologies, single versus multiple namespace approaches, and communication between stakeholders will also be discussed.


Carolyn Hansen is Metadata Librarian at the University of Cincinnati, where her responsibilities include the creation and management of metadata for physical and digital collections. She is a certified digital archivist, co-chair of the ALCTS/LITA MARC Formats Transition Interest Group, and chair of the Project Hydra Descriptive Metadata Interest Group. Carolyn has presented at international and national conferences about metadata standards and best practices, automated metadata transformations, authority control, and cataloging special formats.


12:15pm - 1:00pm  Preparation for Training/Undertaking Implementation

For those institutions where staff are about to embark on their own implementations, this speaker will discuss the competencies and skillsets needed in working with library linked data. What current skillsets might be productively employed? What resources are available or under current development? What training options exist?


What Does A Metadata Professional Need to Know?
Speaker: Ted Lawless, Solutions Specialist, ThomsonReuters;


What does a metadata professional have to learn to begin working with linked data? How does one get started?

This talk with focus on concepts, tools, and techniques necessary to begin "doing" linked data. Worked examples will provide the audience with concrete ideas and resources for getting started with implementations.


Ted Lawless is a Solutions Specialist with Thomson Reuters' IP & Science division. He specializes in data integration and research profiling. He's an active

member of the VIVO open source community. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters he spent several years developing and implementing software for academic libraries.


The PCC Standing Committee on Training: Advancing the Library Communities Understanding of Linked Data
Speaker: Melanie Wacker, Metadata Coordinator, Columbia University


The current Strategic Directions of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging put the spotlight on the emerging linked data ontologies and vocabularies in the library domain, such as BIBFRAME, vocabularies on, or the RDA Registry. The PCC Standing Committee on Training (PCC SCT) was charged to evaluate existing linked data training resources (the report is now available) and highlight areas where training materials have yet to be created so that library staff can develop the skill set necessary to be part of the ongoing experimentation and engage in the discussions as we move forward.

This part of the Webinar will focus on the work completed by the PCC SCT so far and our plans moving forward.


Melanie Wacker is Metadata Coordinator at Columbia University Libraries and Information Services. She works with colleagues across the organization to ensure the integration of digital metadata with local and national systems to enable information discovery. Her responsibilities include development of application profiles for digital collections, metadata creation, training and consultations, and NACO/SACO work. Melanie is active in several national and international committees and task forces and has published papers in Library Resources and Technical Services, Cataloging & Classification Quarterly and Journal of Library Metadata.

1:00pm - 1:45pm    Lunch


1:45pm - 2:15pm      Practical Preparation and Progress for Implementation

Speaker: Michael Lauruhn, Research Technology Director, Elsevier Labs


The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) is undertaking the Linked Data for Professional Education (LD4PE) project to develop an open data competency index and using it curate a collection of learning resources relevant to learning and teaching Linked Data. In this session we will give an overview on the Linked Data Competency Index and the skills that we see for various roles who are or will be working with Linked Data. In addition, we will discuss some of the feedback we have received so far about the competency index and give an view of the Exploratorium of learning resources.

● LD4PE competency index overview
● How other stakeholders (tech vendors, systems providers) from information community can participate/assist
● Areas of potential interest to broader community


Mike Lauruhn is a librarian currently working as Research Technology Director at Elsevier Labs. His research areas include Linked Data, taxonomies and ontologies, research data, and annotation and mark-up. He has been with Elsevier Labs for six years. Prior to that, he held consulting and technical positions helping large companies and organizations define and implement taxonomies and metadata schemas. Mike's earlier work experience includes being a cataloger for the California Newspaper Project.

2:15pm - 2:45pm     Case Study I: Princeton University: Encoding Annotations From Rare Books and Special Collections


This case study and each of the following case studies will feature the work of an institution actively engaged in the development of library linked data. Each case study will present a rationale for the specific project, outline the current status of the effort, and note both the unforeseen challenges encountered as well as the accomplishments and successes!


Speaker:  Tim A. Thompson, Metadata Librarian (Spanish/Portuguese Specialty), Princeton University Library


As part of the Linked Data for Production (LD4P) project, librarians at Princeton will be collaborating with colleagues from Cornell, Columbia, and the Bibliographic Standards Committee of the Rare Books & Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries to develop a BIBFRAME-compatible ontology for describing rare books and special collections. Princeton’s work will focus on adapting standards such as the Web Annotation Data Model and Vocabulary to encode handwritten dedications in the personal library of Jacques Derrida (1930-2004), which was acquired by the university in March 2015.


Tim Thompson is a Metadata Librarian at the Princeton University Library, where he is responsible for cataloging resources in Spanish and Portuguese and contributing to cooperative efforts such as BIBCO and NACO. He is actively engaged in efforts to advance linked data for libraries and archives and to help implement emerging standards such as BIBFRAME.


2:45pm - 3:15pm     Case Study II:  The Library of Congress BIBRAME Pilot: Assessment and Next Steps

Speaker: Beacher J.E. Wiggins, Director for Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access, Library of Congress


3:15pm - 3:30pm     Break


3:30pm - 4:00pm     Case Study III: The Library.Link Network - Shared Infrastructure for Growing Library Visibility with Linked Data

Speaker: Eric Miller, President, Zepheira


This talk will provide an overview of the Library.Link Network ( The Library.Link Network creates an industry-wide focus on the collective visibility of libraries and their resources on the Web. Libraries and memory organizations have rich content and resources that the Web can not see or use. The Library.Link Network delivers Visibility as a Service through locally branded, large scale, common infrastructure for libraries, providers, and partners to publish and use data with non-proprietary, web standards. Libraries can then communicate in a way Web applications understand and Web users can see through the use of enabling technology like Linked Data and shared vocabularies such as and Bibframe. The Library.Link Network uniquely prioritizes the linking of these newly exposed library resources to each other and to other resources across the Web, a critical requirement of increased Web visibility.


Eric Miller is the President of Zepheira. Prior to founding Zepheira, Eric led the Semantic Web Initiative for the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) at MIT where he led the architectural and technical leadership in the design and evolution of the Semantic Web. Eric is a frequent and sought after international speaker in areas of International Web standards, knowledge management, collaboration, development and deployment.


4:00pm - 4;30pm    Case Study IV: Authority Reconciliation in the Linked Data Ecosystem

Speaker: Carl Stahmer, Director of Digital Scholarship, University of California, Davis Library


Linked Data makes it possible to contextualize traditional library catalogue records within a web of interconnected information. Unlike traditional cataloguing systems that depended on the adoption of strict, common ontologies to insure interconnectedness, the Link in Linked Data rests primarily on the adoption of common or connected Uniform Resource Identifiers (URI) across the network. This session will present possible workflows for reconciling URI’s based on research into library workflows conducted as part the IMLS supported BIBFLOW project at UC Davis.


Carl G. Stahmer, PhD is the Director of Digital Scholarship at the University Library, University of California, Davis, in which capacity he oversees a variety of digital initiatives on campus. He also serves as Associate Director for Humanities at the UC Davis Data Science Initiative, Associate Director for Technology at the Advanced Research Consortium, Institute for Digital Humanities Media and Culuture, Technical Director of the English Short Title Catalogue, and Associate Director of the English Broadside Ballad Archive. He is also a member of the teaching faculty at Rare Book School, University of Virginia.


4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussion 

Moderated by: Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO





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Supporting Digital Scholarship - Association of Research Libraries


Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 1:00 – 1:45 PM, Library West Room 419


This webcast will cover the Supporting Digital Scholarship survey (SPEC Kit 350), which explores the types of support libraries offer researchers, how the individuals involved in digital scholarship activities are positioned within the library organization, their range of responsibilities, collaboration with partners inside and outside the library, how support for digitial scholarship activities is funded, and how it is assessed, among other questions. 

The Supporting Digital Scholarship webcast will review survey findings reported by ARL member libraries in January 2016. The survey author will: 

  • provide an overview of support for digital scholarship activities in ARL member libraries; 
  • discuss the roles of library staff and faculty who do this work; 
  • talk about how staff are organized and how support is often distributed across the institution; and 
  • review recommendations and present a glimpse into future roles in supporting digital scholarship.


Presenter: Rikk Mulligan, ARL Program Officer for Scholarly Publishing and ACLS Public Fellow


Registration: UF Libraries employees register through the Instruction and Training Database.

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Consuming Linked Data – OCLC


Thursday, June 23, 2016, 1:00 – 2:00 PM, Library West Room 419 


Ready to harness the power of linked data but don’t know where to start? This series of webinars will move you from a bystander to an active participant in the new frontier of linked data. We will begin with a basic overview of linked data principles before diving into techniques and tools for consuming and producing linked data. Participants will learn to manipulate linked data graphs using several tools and programming languages, including Ruby, PHP, JavaScript and SPARQL. We’ll review RDFa, JSON-LD serializations, framing and how JSON-LD can be used to easily publish linked data. Participants will also learn how to use framing to publish an existing JSON document as linked data and how to add RDFa to an HTML document.

Participants will gain the skills necessary to

  •          recognize different linked data serializations,
  •          understand how to content negotiate for a particular serialization,
  •          locate and install tools and libraries for consuming linked data in the   programming language of their choice, and
  •          manipulate linked data graphs using several programming languages, including Ruby, PHP and JavaScript.




Registration: UF Libraries employees register through the Instruction and Training Database.

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T&P Series – Introduction to the UF Online Promotion and Tenure (OPT) System
Tuesday, July 5, 1:00 – 2:00 PM, Marston Science Library L308


Presenter:      Bonnie Smith, Assistant Program Director for HR


Special Guests:    Hannah Norton, Assistant University Librarian, Health Science Center Library

Dan Reboussin, Associate University Librarian, Special & Area Studies Collections


The Online Promotion and Tenure (OPT) system is the University’s new workflow system used for its annual promotion and tenure process. This session is a hands-on introduction to accessing, opening, and using the system throughout the various steps in the tenure and promotion process. Ideal for those wanting a basic understanding of how the system works, and those beginning to use it in preparation for submitting their packet. Our special guests will answer your questions, offer tips, and share their experience in going through the process for the first time.


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Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Training
Thursday, July 7, 10:00 – 11:00 AM, Smathers Library Room 100


Presenter: Peter Miller


The primary objective of this training is to provide library employees with an overview of the Libraries procedures for disaster and emergency response. Topics covered will include the role of rally points; responsibilities of Building Emergency Coordinators and Area Supervisors; hurricane preparedness; a demonstration on how to use the Automated External Defibrillator (AED); and available resources in the Libraries and at UF.


This training is designed for all Library employees and will include ample time for questions.


Libraries Disaster and Emergency Planning Committee

Peter Miller (Chair)

Verne Burch

Barbara Hood

Bonnie Smith
Marijka Willis

Maggie Ansell

Mike Tyler


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Community Preparedness for The Active Shooter
Thursday, July 7, 2:00 – 3:00 PM, Smathers Library Room 100


Presenter: Capt. Jeff Holcomb, UFPD

Participants will learn how the term "active shooter" is defined, and more importantly, how active shooter scenarios are random (there is no way to pinpoint who may become an active shooter, how an active shooter scenario may be carried out, or why, and provided specific examples like Virginia Tech, Sandy hook, etc.) He also described how to best respond to an Active Shooter Scenario, which may be to flee, hide, or fight, and how to best report this type of emergency to law enforcement, and what UF features and personnel are available to respond, should this type of emergency occur.


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All other parties please register via email here.

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Metadata Relationships - NEFLIN
Thursday, July 21, 11:00 – 1:00 PM, Library West 212



This 2-hour online workshop will focus on the role of expressing relationships in metadata to enhance resource discovery. Topics to be covered: 

How the Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard maintains links between metadata and the resources they describe 
How the Semantic Web, RDF and Linked Data semantically articulate relationships between entities to aggregate metadata components and enable users to find resources related to their research interests 
The Bibliographic Framework (BibFrame) as an application of RDF and its potential as a replacement for MARC 21 

Learning Objectives: 

Describe the role of relationships in enabling resource acquisition 
Identify technologies for articulating relationships in metadata 
Assess the current status and potential of BibFrame as a replacement for MARC 

Virtual Trainer: Bill Walker, Amigos Library Services


Registration: UF Libraries employees register through the Instruction and Training Database.

All other parties please register via email here.

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"Slate & Voice: in the Adobe Creative Cloud" with UF and the Libraries


Training Facilitators: Ben Forta and Patrick Koster


Choose one section:


Tuesday, July 26, 2016,  9:00 – 11:00 AM.  Library West Room 212 (Nygren Scholarship Studio)


Tuesday, July 26, 2016,  1:00 – 3:00 PM.  Library West Room 212 (Nygren Scholarship Studio)



The University of Florida (UF) has recently made a significant investment in providing access across campus to Adobe Creative Cloud desktop applications, including Acrobat, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro and more. A workshop will be held for faculty and staff interested in training to use the technology.


Adobe’s next-generation Web tools enable users turn to turn ideas into impactful social graphics, animated videos and web stories—in minutes. Ben Forta, Adobe Senior Director for Education Initiatives, and Patrick Koster, Adobe Senior Customer Success Manager for UF, will co-host the workshops, which are designed to introduce attendees to Adobe’s powerful tools for PDF workflows, image editing, graphic design, publication layout, and video editing.


Attendees will develop familiarity in Adobe Slate, for creating engaging visual stories delivered as web browser experiences, and Adobe Voice, for creating and sharing narrated / animated videos. These tools are steadily gaining popularity and adoption across campus. At the recent UF Interface faculty seminar, Professor Dr. Andrew Wolpert and Graduate Assistant Laura Dedenbauch presented on the use of Adobe Slate to help students communicate their common experiences in the IUF 1000 ‘Good Life’ undergraduate course. Their presentation was awarded “Best of Show.”


Deadline to register is May 31. 




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Link Yourself
Wednesday, July 13, 9:30 – 11:00 AM, Marston Science Library 308
Thursday, July 21, 9:30 – 11:00 AM, Library West 211
Training Facilitators: Allison O’Dell and David Van Kleeck

Linking yourself. Does this sound tech-ey?  It is, but it's not scary!  Come to the following workshop and learn what Linked Data is, and what it can do for you?  

The workshop will cover the basics of Linked Data and the Semantic Web, and provide hands-on experience authoring Linked Data.  Each participant will create a Friend of a Friend (FOAF) resource about themselves and the people they work with, to understand how Linked Data models let us link data!  

Participants will learn about:

* Linked Data Principles
*The value of "five-star" Linked Data
*The structure of an RDF triple statement
*How graph data eases data merger and manipulation


Registration: UF Libraries employees register through the Instruction and Training Database.

All other parties please register via email here.