Information Management

Tools for Metadata Enhancement: MarcEdit and More

Deep Dive (preferred) or regular session to provide an in-depth introduction of metadata enhancement and customization tools such as MarcEdit, OpenRefine, and Python. Program would illustrate more advanced features of common tools (MarcEdit) while illustrating the capabilities and benefits of tools metadata librarians may not be as familiar with (Python). If done as a Deep Dive, at least 30-45 minutes would be devoted ...more »

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Why our metadata is not obsolete

Presenting an argument by creators of systematic metadata (formerly "catalogers"), that our tools of metadata creations (RDA, LCC and LCSH), formerly called "cataloging standards" are still relevant, and often significant advantages to users in retrieving materials, compared to free-text (with no metadata) or uncontrolled non-systematic metadata. The program will demonstrate how our tools for description of resources, ...more »

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Librarians and Coding - real lifelong learning

We refer to librarians as life-long learners, yet we oft times build our resumes and careers along tracks "Technical Services," "Access Services," etc in academic libraries - but I think we need to advocate a more cross-departmental learning curve - especially now - wherein more librarians learn to code and can this contribute to locally produced library applications and tools of all sorts. This "new" skill set goes hand-in-hand ...more »

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Using MarcEdit: Beyond the Basics

Hands on preconference workshop or deep dive (like this year's Linked Data on Your Laptop) to expose attendees to advanced, specialized, and sophisticated uses of MarcEdit software (http://marcedit.reeset.net/). Program should include practical example uses and a significant hands on component.

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Is Digitization Preservation?

Common digitization beliefs

Guidelines for the stewardship of digital records

Making digitization and preservation work together

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Impostor Syndrome: The Plague of the Smart Professional

Talk to any smart and successful person and you'll hear the same story - impostor syndrome. First defined in the 1970's by psychologists Imes and Clance, impostor syndrome is that feeling of anxiety that you really don't know what you are doing, you only got where you are by luck, and everyone is soon to find out that you are a fraud. Sound familiar? These are feelings that live and thrive in the darkness; this program ...more »

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Vendor statistics: are we asking the right questions?

Are we getting the information we actually need from vendor statistics? How do we get the data we really need using the tools we have.

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Research & Analysis

The Maryland "Jew Bill" of 1826

After prolonged debate Maryland became one of the last states in which Jews had civil rights. The debate in many ways can be seen as a prequel to future debates over civil rights which are still taking place. This program could serve as the "local history" program for the Legal History and Rare Book SIS, and might also be of interest to the Jewish Librarians Caucus and the Social Responsibities SIS.

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Teaching & Training

Library Services for Communities Living in Fear

In 2015, Baltimore experienced massive protests against police brutality and in reaction to the death of 25-years old Freddie Gray. Some of these protests turned violent and the despair and frustration of our communities were evident all across the city. Despite the unrest and riots, Enoch Pratt Free Library and its then-CEO, Carla Hayden (our current Librarian of Congress) decided to keep the library open. Similar to ...more »

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The B&O Railroad, the C&O Canal and the Rise of Railroad Law.

On July 4, 1828, work began on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, the first common carrier railroad in the United States. That same day in nearby Washington, D.C. ground was broken for the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal. These two companies and their counterparts in other states would become the first major American corporations. Steam locomotives would ultimately triumph over mule-drawn canal boats; by the mid-1800s railroads ...more »

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Marketing & Outreach

Using Special Collections to Market your institution

Current l working title of the session: Special Collections Make for Special Relationships: Working with Your Institution to Bring Special Collections into the (UV Filtered) Light. Every library has hidden collections, special collections, or archival material that can help in the marketing of the institution as a whole. Panelist will discuss how they forged relationships with their Institutional advancement/alumni/marketing ...more »

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APIs (Accessible Powerful Information?)

A well-known library technologist has said that it is critical for librarians to know how to deploy APIs in conjunction with library systems. This program will focus on the basics of APIs, what are they, how are they are used, and how we can learn to use them. Examples will feature how APIs have been successfully used to improve discoverability and access to resources.

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