metadata

Leslie at MLA 2011

I’m back from another Music Library Association conference, held this year in Philadelphia. Some highlights: Libraries, music, and digital dissemination Previous MLA plenary sessions have focused on a disturbing new trend involving the release of new music recordings as digital downloads only, with licenses restricting sale to end users, which effectively prevents libraries either from... more

Vufind updates

JP already talked about Vufind but I thought I would add in my notes from the Vufind talk today. Demian Katz (Villanova) took some time in the afternoon to talk about Vufind and its growing support for metadata standards other than MARC. The update centered on how Vufind had been re-tuned to be more agnostic... more

Dianne Hillman on collaborative opportunities

The second keynote of the morning was Dianne Hillman – she talked about collaborations between programmers and catalogers. Dianne dated her career by showing us a few tools that I remember from my early time as a librarian (Cord catalog rods and a card filer)! I wonder what that says about the pace of change... more

ArchiveIT 4.0 training

Today Erik and Audra attended a webex session from the Internet Archive on new features in ArchiveIT 4.0. They had me from the first few minutes when they announced that this year had been named the ‘year of metadata’ at the Internet Archive! They focused on new features including metadata searching, crawl date limiting, and... more

NSF and Data Management webinar at UNC

Today Molly, Susan and Erik attended an open webinar offered by the Odum institute at UNC. The content of the webinar focused on the recently introduced requirement to have a data management plan for all National Science Foundation (NSF) grants. The requirement, which goes into effect January 18, 2011, has created quite a buzz in... more

Carolyn at ALA Annual 2010

Although the weather was hot and sweltering in DC during ALA, I still had a great time attending informative sessions on cataloging and metadata, going to socials, catching up with friends, and hanging out with Susan and Erik. I was one of the five who rode up and back in the library’s new van. After... more

Leslie at MLA 2010

Music librarians are inured to battling winter weather to convene every year during February in some northern clime (during a Chicago snowstorm last year). So it was almost surreal to find ourselves, this year, at an island resort in San Diego in March (beautiful weather, if still a bit on the chilly side). Despite the... more

EAD Workshop in New Orleans

Last Thursday and Friday, I participated in a workshop on Encoded Archival Description from the Society of American Archivists. Kris Kiesling from the University of Minnesota and Michael Fox from the Minnesota Historical Society are two of the founding developers of EAD and have been teaching this workshop for years. After a thorough review of... more

Saturday at ALA with Carolyn

On Saturday, I attended “Workflow Tools for Automating Metadata Creation and Maintenance” which was a panel discussion comprised of individuals who work on digital projects at their institutions. Much of the talk was highly technical and I didn’t quite understand everything, but one of the most interesting projects discussed was by Brown University’s Ann Caldwell,... more

Leslie at MLA 2009

I’m back from this year’s annual conference of the Music Library Association, held in Chicago (during a snowstorm) Feb. 17-21. This year I also attended the pre-conference hosted by MOUG (Music OCLC Users Group). Some highlights: Sound Recordings and Copyright Tim Brooks of the Association of Recorded Sound Collections described the ARSC’s work lobbying Congress... more