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Wednesday, June 5 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Libraries and the Linked Data Landscape: is BIBFRAME the answer?

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The transition from the MARC format to a linked data capable framework (BIBFRAME) will fundamentally change how libraries operate. Besides re-imagining how metadata is created and accessed, it will facilitate improved connection to datasets and vocabularies outside of our institutions. MARC has been the international standard for the distribution of library metadata since 1973, and for the past 45 years the MARC “container” has enabled libraries from around the world to share descriptive metadata with each other. However, with the growth of the Semantic Web and linked data over the past 15 years, librarians have increasingly found MARC to be problematic when sharing metadata outside of our domain.
As we begin to look beyond MARC, we are still left with many unanswered questions around what comes next and how linked data and BIBFRAME will be implemented in Canadian libraries.

This half day conference will provide an introduction to linked data, discuss BIBFRAME and its development, review various library initiatives working toward implementation, as well as look at some library linked data projects not directly related to BIBFRAME. The preconference will end with a discussion about alternatives to BIBFRAME some libraries are considering, and what libraries can do to start preparing their catalogues for the transition to a linked data environment.

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Amy Lorencz

Metadata and Copyright Librarian, Patrick Power Library, Saint Mary’s University
Amy Lorencz is the Metadata and Copyright Librarian at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax Nova Scotia. She is both a Prairie Girl and a Maritimer. It’s complicated. Currently, Amy is the APLA representative to the CFLA-FCAB Cataloguing and Metadata Standards Committee. As a member... Read More →
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Heather Pretty

Cataloguing Librarian, Memorial University Libraries
I am a Cataloguing Librarian at Memorial Libraries with a primary responsibility for Authorities Maintenance. My current interest, and my focus as Chair of the Canadian BIBFRAME Readiness Task Force and as a member of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging Policy Committee, is to... Read More →
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Dean Seeman

Head, Metadata, University of Victoria Libraries
Dean Seeman is the Head of Metadata at the University of Victoria Libraries where he oversees the cataloguing and digital collection metadata functions of the library.

Wednesday June 5, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
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