2018 NETSL Annual Spring Conference

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2018 NETSL Annual Spring Conference!

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Technical Services in the Age of Open
Marilyn Billings
Scholarly Communications and Special Initiatives Librarian
UMass Amherst Libraries

Libraries are in a time of unprecedented change. As more emphasis is being placed on access to and discovery of local collections, where do technical services operations fit? What do we envision for new services areas? How do we see ourselves positioned to offer our areas of expertise showcased in new areas of open scholarship? This talk will explore these questions and propose possibilities.

Marilyn Billings, Scholarly Communication and Special Initiatives Librarian, is the head of the Office of Scholarly Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She provides leadership in alternative scholarly communication strategies, including open access, open education and the role of digital repositories in today’s academic environment. She oversees the management of the UMass Amherst institutional repository ScholarWorks @ UMass Amherst and provides leadership and inspiration for the campus’ Open Education Initiative established in 2011. Since November, she has held the position of Interim Director of Instructional Innovation at UMass Amherst. Current research interests include the Open Scholarly Commons and discussions about inside-out collection development. At the national level, she is a member of SPARC’s OER Advisory Committee, the Library Publishing Coalition Board and is an Open Textbook Network presenter.

For more information and a listing of presentations, please visit http://works.bepress.com/marilyn_billings/

Morning Breakout Sessions

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, or, 20,000 Dewey’s reclassed to LC?

Session 1A

Mary Lou Bouley, Catalog and Metadata Librarian | Smith College
Lucinda Williams, Acquisitions Supervisor | Smith College

How does one person reclass 20,000 books from Dewey to LC in one year? They get help! Find out how the Acquisitions and Cataloging Departments at Smith College’s Neilson Library collaborated to get the job done.

Canton Remembers Project

Session 1B

Matt Amory, Librarian for Information and Technology | Canton Public Library
Carolyn Elkort, Community Outreach Librarian | Canton Public Library
Lisa Quinn, Senior Librarian and Head of Technical Services | Canton Public Library

The Canton Public Library scanned photographs and memorabilia submitted by local veterans and their families. The results are online in an Omeka Exhibition at cantonremembers.omeka.net and we’re planning to send everything we scanned to Digital Commonwealth for archiving, and build more exhibitions in the future.

PCC ISNI Pilot: Paving the way for an Identity Management track in the Program for Cooperative Cataloging 

Session 1C

Jeanette Norris, Metadata Management Librarian | Brown University
Amy Armitage, Metadata Enhancement Librarian | Harvard University

A panel of metadata practitioners from Brown and Harvard discuss their experiences in PCC’s ISNI (International Standard Name Identifier) Pilot and the transition from traditional name authority work to identity management.

New Approaches to Collections Strategies

Session 1D

Sally Krash, Interim Associate Dean for Content and Discovery | UMass Amherst Libraries

The Information Resources Department and the Scholarly Communications Department at the University of Massachusetts Libraries have developed collaborative innovative approaches to re-imagine traditional collections strategies. This presentation will provide details of current an ongoing activities.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Ragtag bunch of misfits: Forming an informal metadata interest group across multiple institutions and departments

Session 2A

Johanna Radding, Metadata/Discovery Librarian | Amherst College
Manda Wise Pizzollo, Bicentennial Metadata Librarian | Amherst College
Mandy MacLeod, Metadata Archivist | Smith College
Ann Kardos, Metadata Librarian | University of Massachusetts Amherst
Erin Jerome, Open Access and Institutional Repository Librarian | University of Massachusetts Amherst

Library staff from the Five College Libraries drew upon their existing consortial network to start a cohort of metadata-interested individuals for support and collaboration across institutions. The resulting (unofficial) Five College Cataloging & Metadata Group meets twice per semester to share new skills and ideas, help each other with tool and technology questions, and to provide a sounding board for potential training and professional development across all colleges and for metadata practitioners at all levels.

Design for Diversity: Towards More Inclusive Technical Systems

Session 2B

Amanda Rust, Assistant Director, Digital Scholarship Group and Digital Humanities Librarian | Northeastern University Libraries
Sarah Sweeney, Northeastern University Libraries

Design for Diversity is an IMLS-funded project focusing on the ways in which information systems embody and reinforce cultural norms, asking how we might design systems that account for diverse cultural materials and ways of knowing. To empower both users and designers of information and technical systems in libraries, and also better educate the next generation, we created a teaching and learning toolkit with case studies, readings, and other educational materials. Participants in this workshop will explore issues of diversity and inclusion in the technical library systems we use every day, and also add their experiences to the toolkit through feedback and suggestions for new topics.

Finding a forever home: Migrating scholarly journals to a digital repository

Session 2C

Ellen Phillips, Open Access Specialist | Boston University Libraries

Student-run journals and alumni newsletters are a great way to showcase the intellectual output of a college or university. Too often however, these types of publications are stored as flat web pages on the school’s site, which means they can be moved or even taken down if the website is redesigned. Learn how a hosted institutional repository solution can be used to successfully manage a journal or other serial publication.

Creating XML Files to Catalog Oral Histories Transcripts

Session 2D

Emily Crawford, Digital Collections Associate | MIT Libraries

To make archival and special collections more open, accessible, and durable to a wider and more diverse audience requires collaboration among technical services, digitization labs, technology systems managers and archives. I will talk about how XML files can be used to catalog digitized archival collections.

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Presenters receive a complimentary registration.
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