As libraries prepare to shift away from MARC to a linked data framework, new convergences in the ...
As libraries prepare to shift away from MARC to a linked data framework, new convergences in the metadata production activities of our libraries' technical services units, special collections, and digital libraries are becoming possible. In September 2015, the Canadian Linked Data Initiative (CLDI) was formed to leverage the existing collaboration between the Technical Services departments of Canada’s top 5 research libraries and the Library and Archives of Canada. Working cooperatively, our objective is to provide a path to linked data readiness for our institutions and leadership for the adoption of linked data by libraries across Canada. To achieve this goal, partner libraries are working across departments and institutions to create new workflows and tools and adapt to a new conceptual understanding of descriptive metadata. This presentation is a preliminary report on the progress made in five key areas of interest: digital collections, education and training, MARC record enhancement, evaluation of linked data tools and vendor supplied metadata. Building on existing initiatives, the CLDI is investigating the potential of integrating linked data elements into digitized collections, as well as MARC-based bibliographic and authority records, with the aim of fostering new and interesting pathways for resource discovery. To strengthen and expand the professional knowledge of staff, partner institutions are collaborating in the production of educational and training materials related to linked data principles and practices. The evaluation and potential development of linked data tools is another area of concentration. Finally, with the goal of changing workflows upstream, the CLDI is working to engage publishers and vendors in the linked data conversation. In addition to reporting on the work undertaken in the first year of the project, this presentation will also cover lessons learned and outline some of the new opportunities gained from working on a collaborative project that spans across multiple boundaries.
Marlene van Ballegooie, Metadata Librarian,
University of Toronto
Juliya Borie, University of Toronto Libraries
Andrew Senior, Coordinator,
E-Resources and Serials, McGill University