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ALCTS Metadata Interest Group, ALA Annual 2014

Sunday, June 29th from 8:30 to 10:00 am

Las Vegas Convention Center, room N263

Add this event to your Annual schedule:

Please join us for the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group Meeting at the 2014
ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

We will feature two presentations followed by a business meeting during
which new officers will be elected.

*Metadata Migration to Islandora: Is There An Easy Way?*

Sai Deng, Metadata Librarian and Associate Librarian, University of Central
Florida Libraries

Presentation abstract:

*This presentation will introduce UCF’s digital collection migration from
DigiTool to Islandora, the new content management system for the state
universities in Florida. It discusses the issues in DublinCore (DC) to MODS
transformation, explores the possible options, the approach adopted and the
tool used for MODS metadata editing.*

*As part of the state-wide Islandora implementation, UCF has been migrating
its collections in DigiTool to MODS records for Islandora to ingest. In
migrating from a less granular metadata schema to a more granular one, many
issues are involved such as data ambiguity, overly generic data
representation, the markup inadequacy in describing sub-elements and
element relationships, and a less intricate data structure. Two options
were explored: a. revamp the Library of Congress’s DC-MODS stylesheet to
produce more desirable MODS metadata, b. edit the MODS records generated
from a more generic stylesheet conversion. Due to the fact that the
consensus needs to be reached among the state universities for any change,
only some adjustments such as adding local subjects and online thesauri
were made to the LC stylesheet state-wide, and the major work of MODS
metadata editing fell on the individual university libraries. At UCF
Libraries, Notepad++ was used to edit the MODS records, such as the first
set of 847 records in the Political & Rights Issues & Social Movements
(PRISM) collection. In batch editing the MODS metadata and dealing with the
DC-MODS transformation problems, data patterns in author year, author role
terms, publication places, corporate and conference names were identified,
data normalization and cleaning was executed, and several types of mark up
and editing were performed: authors were marked up to distinguish author
year and role from name; personal, corporate and conference names were
differentiated; the main entry and added entries were distinguished;
subtitle was separated from the main title; publication place was
distinguished from publisher; topical, temporal, geographic, genre
subdivisions were marked up for subjects; and series name and other common
fields were added for the collection.*

*This presentation addresses the common issues in DC-MODS metadata mapping
and transformation, discusses possible solutions of customizing the XSLT
stylesheet and editing the MODS XML records, and the balance that needs to
be sought in pre- and post-transformation. It also raises some interesting
questions in machine vs. human labor and utilizing the computer’s
analytical power. It invites audience to participate in a wider discussion.*

*Discovering Isaac Leeser: Improving access to text collections with TEI

Nicole Arbuckle, Vice President, Metadata Services, Backstage Library Works
David McKnight, Director, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of

Presentation abstract:

In 2013, the University of Pennsylvania Libraries completed its
Gershwind-Bennett Isaac Leeser Digital Repository project, which features
access to the personal papers and publications of Isaac Leeser, one of the
foremost American Jewish figures of the 19th century.

Penn Libraries established a template for collecting metadata from Leeser's
correspondence, teamed up with Backstage Library Works to complete TEI
markup, and developed an online digital repository. The metadata files and
the repository structure provide users with sophisticated tools for
full-text search and discovery, with filters for details such as document
type, date range, language, author and addressee.

In the presentation, David McKnight, Director of the Rare Book and
Manuscript Library at Penn, will discuss the background of the collection
and the library's preparation of transcriptions and descriptive metadata
for the project. Nicole Arbuckle, Vice President of Metadata Services for
Backstage Library Works, will discuss the use of that metadata in the TEI
markup process.

The digital repository can be viewed online at:

Maureen P. Walsh

Chair, ALCTS Metadata Interest Group

Associate Professor / Institutional Repository Services Librarian

The Ohio State University Libraries

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