ALCTS Forum on Creating and Sustaining Communities Around Shared Library Data

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Community-shared metadata has certainly been a hot topic of late. It is timely, then that ALCTS is sponsoring a panel discussion about sharing library-created data inside and outside the library community at the upcoming ALA Midwinter meeting in Denver. From the panel description:
Panelists will share a variety of perspectives on community norms, policies, and best practices for accessing, using, and sharing the data that supports the discovery and delivery of library collections. What can libraries and the organizations that serve them learn from the open data movement and sites like Wikipedia? What principles and practices for shared data creation and maintenance will most help and strengthen libraries in the future? Panelists will also be addressing the changes in the OCLC Record Use Policy, particularly in light of the recent announcement from OCLC on the establishment of the Review Board of Shared Data Creation and Stewardship.

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The panel is called the ALCTS Forum: Creating and Sustaining Communities Around Shared Library Data, and it will be on January 26th from 8:00am to 10:00am at the Colorado Convention Center, Korbel Ballroom 3C. Yours truly has been asked to speak on shared catalog data from the perspective of a library membership organization (OhioLINK) that provides consortial access to a large union catalog, licensed content, dissertations, and digital media. Also on the panel are:

  • Karen Calhoun (VP, OCLC WorldCat and Metadata Services), speaking on the environment for library data sharing and the process of revising OCLC's 21-year-old Guidelines for the Use and Transfer of OCLC-Derived Records.
  • Brian Schottlaendar (University Librarian, University of California San Diego), talking about library data sharing from his perspective as a library leader with a background in collections and technical services.
  • John Mark Ockerbloom (Digital Library Planner & Architect, University of Pennsylvania Libraries), on the perspective of a library practitioner with a keen interest in freely accessible data and content.

The text was modified to update a link from to on November 13th, 2012.