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The Beat Goes On-athon: Creating Linked Data for Music with RIMMF

Posted By James L. Soe Nyun, Monday, February 6, 2017

MLA Pre-Conference

The Beat Goes On-athon: Creating Linked Data for Music with RIMMF

Sponsored by the MLA Cataloging and Metadata Committee, the MLA Education Committee, the MLA Educational Outreach Subcommittee, and MOUG


During this workshop, which is an expansion of the Bernstein-based “Lenny-athon” held at MLA 2016, participants will use RIMMF (RDA in Many Metadata Formats: see to create entity records representing works, expressions, manifestations, persons, corporate bodies, etc. that are associated with a specific composer or musical artist, such as their compositions, performances, lectures, collaborators, and even books about them. The end result will be an “r-ball” of linked data, similar to the output of the 2016 Lenny-athon (see

Participants will be able to choose from among a small selection of composers and musicians encompassing various styles of music such as contemporary classical music, popular music, and jazz. Participants will have the opportunity to explore questions around the rules of composers and performers and the nature of aggregates or compilations. Multiple content types and formats will be included such as scores, audio recordings, and video recordings.


Kathy Glennan 


Kathy Glennan is the Head of Monographic and Music Cataloging at the University of Maryland and has more than 30 years of experience cataloging scores and audio recordings. She has been a member of the NACO Music Project since 1995 and currently serves as UMD’s NACO Coordinator. Throughout her career, Kathy has been involved with the Music Library Association  having served as a member and subsequently as chair of: the MARC Formats Subcommittee, the Descriptive Cataloging Subcommittee and the Bibliographic Control Committee (now known as the Cataloging and Metadata Committee). Since 2005, Kathy’s professional contributions and scholarship have focused on the development of RDA: Resource Description and Access, with a special emphasis on music cataloging instructions. This includes her service on ALA’s Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access first as the MLA liaison, then as a voting member, and later as the liaison from the Program for Cooperative Cataloging. In recognition of her growing expertise with RDA and her leadership skills, she became the ALA Representative to the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA in 2013. This committee was renamed the RDA Steering Committee in late 2015. In this role, she spends her time interpreting RDA instructions, identifying problems, and shepherding change proposals from ALA to improve RDA. Kathy has given numerous presentations on RDA, FRBR, and MARC Formats issues, including a planning and presenting at a full-day MLA preconference in 2011, a half-day RDA cataloging workshop for the MLA Atlantic Chapter in 2012, and two 2011 ALCTS Webinars, RDA Basics: Scores and RDA Basics: Sound Recordings. She authored an article in the March 2012 issue of Notes, “The Development of Resource Description and Access and Its Impact on Music Materials.”

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ALCTS Preconference Webinars

Posted By James L. Soe Nyun, Monday, March 21, 2016

Please feel free to forward and follow the conversation on Twitter: #alctsac16

June 7 and 8, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS)<> will host a virtual preconference that will bring the conference experience to you.  We Can Do It, You Can Too! Metadata Automation For Everyone<> is a two-day virtual preconference that consists of two 90-minute sessions on automating descriptive metadata creation and automating legacy data cleanup projects. Registration is open, so sign up early to make sure you get a spot.

As the pressure mounts to "digitize all the things!," the need to upload new digital material quickly, efficiently and accurately while maintaining established standards for discovery and interoperability becomes essential.   This virtual preconference, which takes place June 7-8, will explore methods for meeting these expectations including leveraging existing archival data, batch processing, vocabulary reconciliation and other techniques.


Session 1

Automating Descriptive Metadata Creation: Tools and Workflows<>

Tuesday, June 7, 1 - 2:30 p.m. Central, 2 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern, noon -

1:30 p.m. Mountain, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific


Topics and Presenters:

*         Names to Faces: Automated Name Metadata Generation using

Picasa, ExifTool, and the VRA Panel Export-Import Tool

o    Presented by Michelle Sweetser, University Archivist at Marquette

University and Lynn Whittenberger, Metadata Librarian at Marquette University

*         Finding a New Metadata M.O. : Metadata Automation on a

Budget at a Medium-Sized Institution

o    Presented by Joseph R. Nicholson, Metadata Librarian at

University of North Carolina-Charlotte


Session 2 

Automating Legacy Data Cleanup



Wednesday, June 8, 1 - 2:30 p.m. Central, 2 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern, noon

- 1:30 p.m. Mountain, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific


Topics and Presenters:

*         Editing Legacy Metadata for ETDs: Description of a Best

Practice Using the MARCEdit Plug-In Tool


o    Presented by Marielle Veve, Metadata Librarian at University of

North Florida


*         Looking Back, Moving Forward: A Large-Scale Metadata

Remediation Effort


o    Presented by Maggie Dickson, Metadata Architect at Duke University


For more information about what will be presented, visit the ALCTS Conference web site<>.


Registration Fees


Individual Registration


ALCTS member or international member: $69 entire pre-conference; $43 for one session


Non-member: $95 entire pre-conference; $59 for one session


Group Registration (Group of people that will watch the webinar together from one access point)


ALCTS member (group leader): $159 entire pre-conference; $99 for one session


Non-member (group leader): $206 entire pre-conference; $129 for one session


The sessions are recorded and the one-time registration fee includes unlimited access to the session recording.


How to Register


To register for the entire virtual preconference or one session, complete the online registration form<>.


For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration at

1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email<>.


For all other questions or comments related to this virtual preconference and other ALCTS webinars, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Continuing Education and Program Manager, at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or<>.


ALCTS<> is the national association for information providers who work in collections and technical services, such as acquisitions, cataloging, collection development, preservation and continuing resources in digital and print formats. ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.



Thank you!



ALCTS Metadata Interest Group Programming Chairs:



Liz Woolcott, Utah State University


Anna Neatrour, University of Utah



Tags:  ALCTS  automation  metadata cleanup  metadata creation  webinars 

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Upcoming Mashcat Webinars

Posted By James L. Soe Nyun, Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Upcoming webinars in early 2016

We’re pleased to announce that several free webinars are scheduled for the first three months of 2016. Mark your calendars!

Date/Time Speaker Title

19 February 2016 (18:00-19:00 UTC / 13:00-14:00 EST) Terry Reese Evolving MarcEdit: Leveraging Semantic Data in MarcEdit.
Library metadata is currently evolving — and whether you believe this evolution will lead to a fundamental change in how Libraries manage their data (as envisioned via BibFrame) or more of an incremental change (like RDA); one thing that is clear is the merging of traditional library data and semantic data.Over the next hour, I’d like to talk about how this process is impacting how MarcEdit is being developed, and look at some of the ways that Libraries can not just begin to embed semantic data into their bibliographic records right now — but also begin to new services around semantic data sources to improve local workflows and processes.
14 March 2016 (16:00-17:30 UTC / 11:00-12:30 EST Owen Stephens (Meta)data tools: Working with OpenRefine
OpenRefine is a powerful tool for analyzing, fixing, improving and enhancing data. In this session the basic functionality of OpenRefine will be introduced, demonstrating how it can be used to explore and fix data, with particular reference to the use of OpenRefine in the context of library data and metadata.

The registration link for each webinar will be communicated in advance. Many thanks to Alison Hitchens and the University of Waterloo for offering up their Adobe Connect instance to host the webinars.

More information on the above at:

Tags:  MarcEdit  OpenRefine  semantic web  software  webinars 

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Very Brief, General Intro to Metadata

Posted By James L. Soe Nyun, Monday, January 18, 2016

There's a brief and very general video introduction to metadata on the ALA Technology Training Videos page. The direct link to the 6-minute video by Pamela Akins, which was posted December 18, 2015, is:

Most of the focus is on metadata embedded into web pages and document files.


Tags:  embedded metadata  metadata  Pamela Akins  videos 

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PCC Summary on Linked Data Training Resources

Posted By James L. Soe Nyun, Monday, November 30, 2015

The Program for Cooperative Cataloging's Standing Committee on Training has released a revision of their  Report on Available Linked Data Training Resources / Environmental Scan Summary.

It's available at:

Tags:  linked data  PCC  training 

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Free Webinar: In Two Parts: From Use to Extension

Posted By James L. Soe Nyun, Friday, November 13, 2015

Join Independent consultant Richard Wallis, former Technology Evangelist for OCLC, currently working with Google on, for this two part, in-depth mini-series look at, its use, and extension in the bibliographic and wider domains beyond. (Full details:

Part 1: Fit For a Bibliographic Purpose (Note that as of this writing, November 13, the first session is full)

Date/Time: Wednesday, 18 November 2015 at 10:00am-11:15am EST (UTC 15:00:00 - World Clock:

Abstract: In this first webinar in the series, Independent Consultant, Richard Wallis, traces the history of the vocabulary, plus its applicability to the bibliographic domain. He will share the background to, and activities of, the Schema Bib Extend W3C Community Group he chairs; why it was set up; how it approached the creation of bibliographic extension proposals; and how those proposals were shaped. He will then review the current status of the vocabulary and the recent introduction of the and extensions. Although Richard will be using bibliographic examples, the content of this webinar will be of interest and relevance to those in other domains, and/or considering other extensions.

Part 2: Extending Potential and Possibilities

Date/Time: Wednesday, 2 December 2015, 10:00am-11:15am EST (UTC 15:00:00 - World Clock:

Abstract: In this second more technical webinar in the series, Independent Consultant, Richard Wallis, explains the extension mechanism, for external and reviewed/hosted extensions, and their relationship to the core vocabulary. He will take an in-depth look at, demonstrate, and share experiences in designing, and creating a potential extension to the vocabulary. He will step through the process of creating the required vocabulary definition and examples files on a local system using a few simple tools then sharing them on a publicly visible temporary cloud instance before proposing to the group.

Tags:  linked data 

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Upcoming ALCTS Webinar "Transforming MARCXML Records Using XSLT"

Posted By Lisa McFall, Thursday, November 12, 2015
The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) will be sponsoring a webinar focusing on using eXtensible Stylesheet Language Transformations (XSLT) for modifying existing metadata. Additional information can be found here:

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Upcoming LYRASIS Webinars

Posted By Lisa McFall, Thursday, November 12, 2015

LYRASIS is offering training opportunities on a several types of metadata.

Introduction to Preservation Metadata      
2:00 PM- 4:00 PM ET
Advanced Preservation Metadata: How to Make it Happen    
4/29 & 30/2015  
 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET
Metadata for Digitization and Preservation  
5/20 & 21/2015    
10:00AM – 12:00PM ET

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The Music Library Association is the professional association for music libraries and librarianship in the United States. Founded in 1931, it has an international membership of librarians, musicians, scholars, educators, and members of the book and music trades. Complementing the Association’s national and international activities are eleven regional chapters that carry out its programs on the local level.