Following the BIBFLOW Roadmap: First Steps toward a Linked Data Environment
Marcia Barrett, Cataloging & Metadata Strategies Librarian
University of California, Santa Cruz
UC Santa Cruz Library recently enhanced bibliographic data with identifiers to facilitate the eventual reuse of MARC data as Linked Data. The project was a result of Associate University Librarian Kerry Scott’s desire to position the library system for a linked data environment. Uniform Resource Identifiers, or URIs, were a topic of great discussion in the library community in 2017. The consensus was that the first step in preparation for Linked Data was moving from “strings” of bibliographic data to “things,” machine-actionable identifiers that uniquely identify things on the Semantic Web. Based on recommendations from the Program for Cooperative Cataloging Task Group on URIs in MARC and the BIBFLOW roadmap report produced by UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz Library added URIs to controlled access points in local MARC records as the first step toward a Linked Data bibliographic environment.
This presentation will include what to consider when adding URIs to MARC data, why this is an important first step, and options for achieving URI enrichment.
Benchmarking Vended Authority Control Practices
Rebecca L. Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries
Nancy Poehlmann, Head of Metadata Services
University at Albany, SUNY
In this presentation the authors will share the results of a study designed to benchmark the use of vendors to support authority control activities in Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member libraries. Such activities include updating authority or bibliographic records, sourcing authority records, participation in cooperative cataloging efforts, and more. The authors designed a survey and sent it to the Heads of Cataloging or Authority Control Librarians of ARL Libraries. The survey investigated whether and how responding libraries used vendors to create and maintain an authority file and process current cataloging records. The survey gathered demographic and other information about the libraries, and the authors identified trends and correlations between these and other factors. Data gathered included information about how current cataloging is managed, how authority files are kept up to date, future plans regarding the use of vendors for authority control functions, and more. The authors will share their findings, note trends in vended authority control processes, and make recommendations for further research.
New Take on Name Authority Control in a Digital Repository
Marina Morgan, Metadata Librarian
Florida Southern College
The focus of the presentation is the analysis of name authority control in the Florida Southern College Digital Repository to determine the extent to which faculty researchers are represented in researcher identifier databases. A purposive sample of 50 faculty authors were compared against five different databases: Library of Congress Name Authority File (LCNAF), Scopus, Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID), Virtual International Authority File (VIAF), and International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI). The findings show that while LCNAF and Scopus results are comparable, the difference in the ORCID, VIAF, and ISNI are considerable. Additionally, the results show that the majority of authors are represented in two or three external databases. This has implications for enhancing local authority data by linking to external identifier authority data to augment institutional repository metadata.
ALA Unit/Subunit: ACRL
Meeting Type: Interest Group
Cost: Included with full conference registration.