Linked Data for the Perplexed Librarian: Q&A With the Authors (Free)

Join the Linked Data Users Group for a discussion of linked data with authors Cory Lampert, Darnelle Melvin, and Anne Washington

About this Event

Linked Data Users Group: All Users Group Meeting
October 15, 2020, 1:00-2:00pm EDT
Linked Data for the Perplexed Librarian: Q&A with the Authors

Linked data is already happening right now, evident in projects from Big Tech and the Wikimedia Foundation as well as the Web pages of library service platforms. The goal of exposing cultural institutions’ records to the Web is as important as ever—but for the non-technically minded, linked data can feel like a confusing morass of abstraction, jargon, and acronyms. Get conversant with Linked Data for the Perplexed Librarian, published by ALA Editions in collaboration with the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS).

Join the Linked Data Users Group for a discussion of linked data with Linked Data for the Perplexed Librarian authors Cory Lampert, Darnelle Melvin, and Anne Washington.

Do you have questions about current and future uses of linked data in libraries? Do you find the whole concept of Linked Data perplexing? Join us for this hour-long virtual Q&A/discussion and bring your questions.

About the Authors of Linked Data for the Perplexed Librarian

Cory Lampert is a Professor and the Head of Digital Collections at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) Libraries. She is responsible for operations and strategic planning for a dynamic department that comprises digitization facilities, metadata creation, and online delivery of digital collections. Her research interests focus on digital library best practices and linked open data for libraries, archives, and cultural heritage organizations. She is a co-author of the book Linked Data for the Perplexed Librarian. She received a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in 1995 and a MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2005.

Anne Washington is the Metadata Services Coordinator at the University of Houston Libraries, where she is responsible for managing metadata creation and maintenance for the University of Houston Digital Library and other repository services. Her research interests include technologies, such as linked data, that have the potential to more broadly expose and connect resources as well as inclusive, user-centered approaches to metadata. Anne received her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Darnelle Melvin is the Special Collections and Archives Metadata Librarian and an Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he is responsible for managing metadata activities, remediation projects, and metadata documentation. He is co-author of Linked Data for the Perplexed Librarian and researches metadata, linked data, and resource discovery in relation to digital libraries, repository migrations, and data integration.

(Not presenting but additional book co-author) Scott Carlson is a software and metadata professional with 12+ years of academic library and non-profit experience, Scott is currently a Digital Library Software Engineer focusing on Discovery access with Arizona State University.

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