Short Papers Panel: Collaborative Cataloging

Jun 22 2016
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Short Papers Panel: Collaborative Cataloging

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Moderator: Randal Brandt, University of California, Berkeley

When the well runs dry: lessons learned from creative models for retrospective cataloguing
This presentation will present a case study and speculative research on developing trends in long-term retrospective cataloguing projects: how to get metadata creation work done when the grant doesn’t come through or when the grant runs out. This will be told from the perspective of the St Andrews experience and the Lighting the Past programme that has been active for the past 3 years , a largely student-staffed project with is projected to see 80,000 catalogue records created for rare books during the its duration; it will also include examples from other US and UK institutions who have been successful in short-term grant funding for cataloguing projects and what type of succession planning has been put in place for the metadata created as well as ongoing work.
Speaker: Daryl Green, University of St Andrews Library, United Kingdom

Fear of Linked Data? Collaboration to the Rescue!
Linked data is all the rage… but emerging technologies can sometimes seem intimidating- especially if going it alone. At the University of California, Irvine, a group of venturesome catalogers, archivists, IT specialists, research librarians, and administrators tackled that phantasmagorical linked-data-animal using a NEH-funded project called “Piloting Linked Open Data for Artists’ Books.” This presentation will discuss the project and its outcome, focusing on collaboration, adaptable behaviors, overcoming challenges, and collectively meeting performance objectives. The talk will conclude with a demonstration of the finished product and information on how to access shareable content and tools. By offering UCI’s experience, we hope that the project will encourage new developments in resource description as well as increase the potential for collaborative efforts across multiple areas of expertise.
Speaker: Kelly Spring, Special Collections& Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries

Online Collaboration for Researching Marks in Books
The Provenance Online Project, or POP, brings together over 12,000 images of provenance marks on a Flickr feed where a world-wide user community can browse and help identify the people associated with those marks. Hosted by Penn Libraries, POP collaborates with 10 partner institutions contributing provenance marks to the project from libraries across the country. The related Toolkit of Material Evidence (TOME) Project is a collaboration between POP and the Database of Early Annotated Books (DWEAB) at the Clark Library, UCLA, to provide both an online bibliography of resources and a guide for the study of marks in books. These projects work across institutional boundaries to help shed light on the history of the way books were read, owned and used.
Speaker: Laura Aydelotte, Provenance Online Project, University of Pennsylvania Libraries

But we don’t have a rare books cataloger: an inter-institutional experiment to surface a rare book backlog

Approached by a professor of history interested in having her students enhance under-described rare book catalog records at UC Irvine, our team embarked on a multifaceted experiment. Tapping the expertise of a rare books cataloger at a larger institution, we identified in-process rare books for students to analyze. These students were taught basic cataloging and bibliographic concepts via Google Hangouts and, as part of their final project, presented recommendations for detailed description of their books. Additionally, the cataloger made an on-site visit to assess the backlog of rare books and staff training needs. This paper summarizes the collaborative cataloging and instruction project as well as the report from the mini-consultation, providing a model for inter-institutional partnership to expose smaller collections of rare books.
Speaker: Audra Eagle Yun, Special Collections & Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries