ALA Program: Librarians as Metadata Collaborators

Roy Tennant roy.tennant at
Fri Jun 7 14:48:51 EDT 2002

Forwarded by request of "Judith R. Ahronheim" <jaheim at>, please 
do not respond to me. Thanks,

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> From: "Judith R. Ahronheim" <jaheim at>
> Date: Thu Jun 06, 2002  06:34:10 AM US/Pacific
> To: rtennant at, <jeff-huestis at>
> Subject: Submission to Web4Lib and WEBCAT-L lists
> Please Join Us in Atlanta For:
> Fish, Fungus and Photos: Librarians as Metadata Collaborators
> June 16, 2002 1:30-3:30, GWCC, B203
> Sponsored by
> ALCTS Networked Resources and Metadata Committee
> Speakers:
> DARWIN & MARC: a voyage of metadata discovery--Stephanie Haas
> Funded in 1997 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services,
> "Linking Florida's Natural Heritage" was designed to allow researchers 
> to
> search both library bibliographic databases and museum specimen 
> databases
> distributed throughout the state of Florida through the same Web-based
> interface.  This talk discusses the attempts to define common attributes
> of MARC and specimen records and the conundrum of taxonomic vs.
> common names.
> Colorado Digitization Project--Bill Garrison
> The Colorado Digitization Project (CDP) has had quite a bit of 
> experience
> with metadata and metadata standards.  The process used to reach 
> consensus
> on metadata standards and to teach metadata will be described.  In
> addition, the Western Trails Digitization Project and its metadata
> standards will be discussed.
> Teaching with Digital Content--Nuala A. Bennett
> We have brought together a group of ten libraries and museums and
> their digital content with K-12 teachers and are identifying reliable
> methods of integrating this content into teaching units and learning
> guides, demonstrating innovative technology-based applications using 
> these
> materials, and evaluating and reporting on their effectiveness.
> Libraries and museums contribute digitized primary source materials and
> accompanying metadata in Dublin Core-based format to an online database
> and search engine.
> Metadata: Costs per Unit Effort?--Tom Moritz
> In the natural history museum environment, world wide, there are
> potentially many hundreds of millions of digital information objects
> requiring management. A 1998 article in Nature suggested there might
> be 3 billion specimens in the collections of 6,500 natural history
> institutions. The cost of original, mediated indexing of these
> collections is potentially huge.  A dilemma for the natural history
> community is the development of methods for applying and enhancing
> original provenance metadata.  This problem, including a possible 
> ontology
> for natural history information and discussion of possible XML
> applications, will be discussed in the light of our experience at AMNH 
> in
> developing the American Museum of Natural History
> Congo Expedition Website.
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Judy Ahronheim                 University of Michigan Graduate Library
> Metadata Specialist            Room 112-E Hatcher N.
> jaheim at               Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1205
> 734-936-2407                   Fax: 734-615-9788

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