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Thursday, June 25 - 8:30am

8:30am - 4:30pm
Coding for Efficiencies in Cataloging and Metadata: Practical Applications of XML, XSLT, XQuery, and PyMarc for Library Data [$] Preconference/Institute, Ticketed event Moscone Convention Center
2001 (W)
Description :

This full-day workshop provides concrete examples and hands-on exercises for practical applications of coding with library data. Session topics include XML and XSLT for streamlining and scaling up metadata and cataloging workflows; RDF/XML for serializing MODS-RDF and BIBFRAME; XQuery for extracting, manipulating, and constructing library metadata; and PyMARC for accessing and manipulating MARC records. Attendees are encouraged to bring a computer with XML-aware and Python software as well as questions for group discussion.

The key audience for this preconference is cataloging and metadata librarians or paraprofessionals and information science students having some familiarity with metadata creation and/or descriptive cataloging practices, and at least one or two formats such as MARC, Dublin Core, MODS, METS, RDF. This preconference may also be useful for digital scholarship librarians and library technology staff. Sessions are oriented towards those who have some familiarity with the technologies covered however it is not required.

To get the most out of the presenters' illustrations, examples, and hands-on exercises we recommend participants pre-install XML-aware, Python, and MarcEdit software on their computers prior to arrival. Current versions of Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Opera are able to display XML files and will largely suffice for the first session, but in order to follow-along with the later examples and hands-on exercises participants will need to be able to do more than just view XML. We recommend installing fully-featured XML editing tools such as oXygen XML Editor (Syncro Soft), XML Spy XML Editor (Altova), Stylus Studio XML Editor or XML-compatible text editors such as Brackets, Notepad++ for Windows, and GNU Emacs as well as MarcEdit and the Python 3.4.1 shell. Instructions on installing these programs will be provided on the ALCTS Workflow Efficiency Interest Group ALA Connect page prior to the preconference.

Sponsors :
Cost :
$219 ALCTS Member; $269 ALA Member; $319 Non Member
8:30am - 5:00pm
Cataloging Special Formats for the Child in All of Us Using RDA and MARC21 [$] Preconference/Institute, Ticketed event Moscone Convention Center
2003 (W)
Description :

This preconference workshop will provide practical information on the descriptive cataloging of children's materials, using RDA and MARC21. Attendees will participate in hands-on exercises which will include using tools and documentation in support of cataloging with RDA. The following children's materials types will be covered: video recordings, sound recordings, video games, three-dimensional objects, kits, books with accompanying material in a special format, games, and two-dimensional materials such as pictures and flash cards.

Sponsors :
Cost :
$219 - ALCTS Member; $269 - ALA Member; $319 - Non Member

Friday, June 26 - 8:00am

8:00am - 4:00pm
Video Demystified: Cataloging with Best Practices Guides [$] Preconference/Institute, Ticketed event Moscone Convention Center
2018 (W)
Description :

The preconference workshop will provide an overview of cataloging videorecordings using Resource Description and Access (RDA), MARC21, and the newly-issued Online Audiovisual Catalogers (OLAC) best practices cataloging guides for DVD/Blu-ray discs and streaming media. Through presentations and hands-on exercises, participants will learn to catalog current video formats such as streaming video, DVD, and Blu-ray. Specialized materials such as filmed performances (dance, music, theatre, etc.) and older video formats will also be addressed.

This preconference is intended for Technical Services librarians and cataloging staff from academic, public, school, or special libraries who catalog video formats such as streaming video, DVD, Blu-ray, VHS, etc.

Sponsors :
Cost :
$219 ALCTS Member; $269 ALA Member; $319 Non Member

Friday, June 26 - 8:30am

8:30am - 4:00pm
Beyond the Looking Glass: Real World Linked Data. What Does It Take to Make It Work? [$] Preconference/Institute, Ticketed event Moscone Convention Center
2016 (W)
Description :

Current discussion puts undue emphasis on the philosophy and technology of linked data. Yes, it's cool and demands to be played with. And yes, the library community is late to the party. But what is required for success besides an interesting idea?

Join us to explore ontology design and data modeling in the real world. Learn about the people, processes, metrics, and yes the technology, needed to succeed.

This preconference is intended for Non-IT library staff that have a general understanding of linked data, and are ready to engage further in learning and applying data modeling concepts that are central to using/creating linked data in a production environment. Some knowledge of XML and HTML will be assumed (although not required).

Sponsors :
Cost :
$219 ALCTS Member; $269 ALA Member; $319 Non Member
8:30am - 4:00pm
Challenges with Managing Streaming Media and other Digital Content for Academic Libraries [$] Preconference/Institute, Ticketed event Moscone Convention Center
2014 (W)
Description :

The provision of streaming media services are a challenge for academic libraries. The preconference will address new issues and trends in the acquisition, management and licensing for streaming media and other digital distribution conduits. The program will include topics such as; selection, collection development, acquisition models, issues in acquisitions and workflow management, delivery systems and platforms, standard licensing models and scenarios for various types of digital media, distribution rights, and emerging digital resources.

Cost :
$219 ALCTS Member; $269 ALA Member; $319 Non Member

Saturday, June 27 - 8:30am

8:30am - 10:00am
Copy Cataloging Interest Group Discussion/Interest group Moscone Convention Center
122 (N)
Description :

Update from the Library of Congress
Presenter: Angela Kinney, Chief, African, Latin American and Western European Division (ALAWE), Library of Congress

Fighting the Hydra: or, Revising a Complex Quality Control Workflow
Presenter: Autumn Faulkner, Assistant Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services, Michigan State University

Michigan State University Libraries receives thousands of shelf-ready monographs from approval plans each year, which are accompanied by matching copy records located by the vendor. A recent overhaul of the quality control procedure for these records presented several challenging decisions, including what types of issues could be resolved by initial copy catalogers in Acquisitions, which errors should be passed along to an "advanced problem solver" in Copy Cataloging, and best methods for distilling many-layered, complicated instructions into a concise and user-friendly document. This presentation discusses the entire range of considerations encountered, from workloads, pay grades, and RDA training, to technical writing, formatting, and accessible web design!

Using XSLT for Automated Quality Control for Vendor Provided Records
Presenter: Dominique M. Bortmas, Complex Cataloging & Metadata Specialist, Florida State University

Vendor records, ideally, should meet quality standards and be free of error. However, records do not always meet an institution’s standards. Errors ranging from multiple 049s, 245 indicators, missing LOC call numbers 9or call numbers without cutter numbers), and many other problems produce incorrect records which create multiple conflicting issues for the library, staff, and patrons. In order to save time and resources while still producing high quality vendor records, the presenters uses an XSLT script to address these and many other problems found within vendor records. The vendor supplied MARC records are converted to XML using MarcEdit and an XSLT script is run on the records to identify problems with the records. Rather than have catalogers search through each record for accuracy, the result from this script flag the problem records; in turn, the staff is informed about records that need correction. This presentation demonstrates how to utilize xml technologies in order to automate the quality control review of vendor supplied catalog records. There will be an overview of the problems with some vendor records and why automation needs to be implemented.

Lessons Learned from Managing Multiple Shelf-Ready Cataloging Projects
Presenter: Angela Kinney, Chief, African, Latin American and Western European Division (ALAWE), Library of Congress

The presenter describes her experiences at the Library of Congress of working with international vendors to implement and manage shelf-ready cataloging projects. It includes a description of the steps that can be taken when instituting such projects, the challenges and positive aspects of outsourcing cataloging, and the resources needed to do it. The presentation will discuss training issues, including the need for distance learning, and the impact of importing vendor-provided records on the roles of cataloging staff. Also included will be information about how vendor records are treated as copy cataloging at the Library of Congress, and the importance of quality control and of developing efficient workflows in order to reap benefits from shelf-ready cataloging projects.

8:30am - 10:00am
Enhancing Access To Literary Works For Children: LC’s Genre/Form and Audience Terms Program Moscone Convention Center
2016 (W)
Description :

This program will introduce participants to Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms for Library and Archival Materials (LCGFT) and Library of Congress Demographic Group Terms (LCDGT) and explain how to use them to catalog and provide access to materials for children. LCGFT and LCDGT will be placed into the context of existing practice, and the relationships among subject headings, genre/form terms, and demographic terms will be discussed. Real-world examples and hands-on exercises will be provided.

8:30am - 10:00am
Managing Transliteration of Bibliographic Data Program Moscone Convention Center
3010 (W)
Description :

The intersection of language technology with library data has the potential to open up interesting new ways of introducing users to multilingual content. The program will explain principles that have historically underpinned the production of data in non-Roman scripts and discuss how those data may be handled in the future. Attention is given to resources for transliteration, tools whose use can be evaluated relative to machine translation, OCR, the Linked Data environment, and character encoding.


Steven R. Loomis, with IBM’s Global Foundations Technology Team for nearly 20 years, is IBM’s Technical Lead for the International Components for Unicode for C/C++ (ICU4C) and primary representative to Unicode. He chairs the Unicode Localization Interchange committee (ULI-TC), and was involved in the founding of the Unicode Common Locale Data Repository (CLDR) where he continues to maintain its data collection tool. His hobbies include Maltese language advocacy.

Deborah Anderson is a researcher in the Department of Linguistics at UC Berkeley. Since 2002, she has run the Script Encoding Initiative project (, which works to get various scripts into the international character encoding standard Unicode, including many non-Roman scripts, so they can be accessed on computers and mobile devices. She is also a Unicode Technical Director and a US representative to the ISO/IEC subcommittee on coded character sets.

As a Metadata Librarian at Stanford University, Margaret Hughes is responsible for creating and maintaining discovery metadata for Humanities, Social Sciences & Africana monographs in all Western European languages. She also provides CIP (cataloging-in-publication) data for titles published by Stanford University Press and Hoover Institution Press. She is also Coordinator of the Africana SACO Funnel Project and Chair of the Cataloging Committee of the Africana Librarians Council.

8:30am - 11:30am
Chief Collection Development Officers of Large Research Libraries Interest Group Discussion/Interest group Hilton San Francisco Union Square
Grand BR A
Description :

Meeting of Collection Big Heads

Saturday, June 27 - 10:30am

10:30am - 11:30am
Cataloging Norms Interest Group Discussion/Interest group Moscone Convention Center
122 (N)
Description :

Describing Resources with BIBFRAME at the National Library of Medicine
Nancy J. Fallgren, Metadata Specialist Librarian, National Library of Medicine

NLM has been collaborating with George Washington University, University of California, Davis, and Zepheira to draft an experimental common, core BIBFRAME data model and vocabulary that would be useful for bibliographic cataloging and beyond. With the draft at a comfortable level of completeness, we are using that BIBFRAME model in further experiments to convert existing description from a variety of XML schema and to catalog new bibliographic materials using RDA rules. This presentation will discuss the status of NLM’s practical experimentation using BIBFRAME for resource description, including some examples, and discussion of tools we are using and/or planning to use.

Skill Sets for Technical Services Staff
Roman S. Panchyshyn, Assistant Professor, Kent State University

As the nature of the work in technical services changes, technical services managers and library administrators need to evaluate and project what type of skill sets must be added or changed to meet the needs of future projects and workflows. My presentation will identify eight areas of competence, or skill sets, which will need to be present in technical services for the department to remain viable during the period of transition from current cataloging practices to a linked data environment. The presentation will be given from a management perspective, outlining the need for establishing a training timetable, prioritizing skill set training, and justifying the costs and resources necessary for training to library administration. The presentation will be based on my book chapter, recently accepted for publication, in the monograph titled: Creating the 21st Century Academic Library: Volume 6: Rethinking Technical Services, edited by Bradford Lee Eden.

What Can We Do about Our Legacy?
Diane Hillmann, RDA Development Team

Underlying many of the recent conversations about new options for description is the fear that we could lose access to our legacy of MARC records, or compromise the transition from MARC to RDA sufficiently that we lose the value of those records. There are options for bringing that data with us as we move ahead, but there will need to be better understanding of what those options might be and how to make appropriate decisions for individual libraries or consortia for those conversations to proceed effectively.
The notion of pursuing ‘integration’ of MARC and RDA records, using the RDA fields brought into MARC, is often brought up, prompted by the early decisions of the RDA effort to pursue a ‘middle ground’ option, but better understanding of what is really different about RDA has made that option less attractive. Diane Hillmann, for many years a cataloger and tech services manager, and now a member of the RDA Development Team, will discuss the issues around these decisions, and suggest possible paths for librarians.

10:30am - 11:30am
EBooks Made Easy with Library Simplified Program Moscone Convention Center
2004 (W)
Description :

Discover library ebooks. Borrow immediately. Read anywhere, anytime. All in three clicks or less. Introducing Library Simplified, a nationwide project led by New York Public Library to employ technology and innovation in library policies and deliver a customized eBook experience for your library patrons. The Library Simplified team will give you an update on the progress of their IMLS-funded project as well as a demo of this exciting, open source tool.

Saturday, June 27 - 1:00pm

1:00pm - 2:30pm
Beyond Tintin: Collecting European Comics in the U.S. Program Moscone Convention Center
3004 (W)
Description :

What are the major trends in European comics? What tools exist to help us build an international collection encompassing the various formats—graphic novels, minicomics, webcomics? More and more, libraries seek to support the growing interest comics are receiving from scholars. Our panel of two distinguished professors, a writer/editor of graphic novels, and a curator of a major comics library survey the European comics scene, offering practical suggestions about collecting in this burgeoning field. This is a joint program sponsored by SEES and WESS. This program is sponsored in name only by ACRL LES and the ALA Graphic Novels & Comics in Libraries Member Interest Group.

1:00pm - 2:30pm
CANCELLED Catalog Management Interest Group Discussion/Interest group Moscone Convention Center
132 (N)
Description :

SESSION MOVED -- Join us for a joint program with ALCTS CaMMS CMIG and LITA MSC

Data Clean-Up: Let's Not Sweep It Under the Rug

Date: Saturday, June 27, 2015
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Location: MCC - 2022 (W) (Moscone Convention Center – West Building)

Data migration is inevitable in a world in which technological infrastructures and data standards continue to evolve. Whether you work in a catalog database or a digital library/archives/institutional repository, working with library resource data means that you will eventually be required to usher data from one system or standard to another. Three speakers working in different library contexts will share their data normalization experiences.

Amy Rudersdorf
Assistant Director for Content
Digital Public Library of America

Amy will address data normalization from the digital library perspective.

Terry Reese
Head Digital Initiatives, Associate Professor
Ohio State University

Terry will address the role that tools such as MarcEdit can play in the context of data normalization and cleanup.

Kyle Banerjee
Digital Collections and Metadata Librarian
Oregon Health and Science University

Kyle will address the role data normalization is playing in the Orbis Cascade Alliance.

Program planning co-chairs:

Jennifer A. Liss
Head, Monographic Cataloging Image Unit
Indiana University Libraries

Roman S. Panchyshyn, MLIS
Catalog Librarian, Assistant Professor
Kent State University Libraries

Jenn Riley
Associate Dean, Digital Initiatives
McGill Library

Cathy Weng
Head of Cataloging
The College of New Jersey Library

1:00pm - 2:30pm
Collection Development Issues for the Practitioner Interest Group Discussion/Interest group Hilton San Francisco Union Square
Union Square 19 & 20
Description :

Please join the ALCTS Collection Development Issues for Practitioners Interest Group for a facilitated discussion at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco! Our discussion will focus on three major areas based on librarians’ suggestions:

1. With new library services evolving, librarians are asked to take on new responsibilities in areas such as scholarly communications, data services and digital humanities. However, traditional duties such as collection development are not going away. How do we balance our responsibilities of the new and traditional without sacrificing the quality of our work? How does your library meet this challenge? How do you keep your faculty relationships strong in the face of these new areas?

2. Discovery services have been adopted by libraries of all types. Based on research, we have observed changes in usage patterns as a result of the implementation of discovery services. What are the implications and impact of discovery services on library collection development? How does a discovery platform influence decisions for product and vendor choices? What is the impact on print collections and its management?

3. Libraries invest a lot of time and money to acquire new resources to meet users’ information needs. But how do users know we have something new for them? What are the strategies to market new resources to library users? Do you add new resources to LibGuides? What are the deciding factors to consider on whether to add new titles to LibGuides?

1:00pm - 2:30pm
Curating Activism in LGBT History Program Moscone Convention Center
3005 (W)
Description :

This conversation-focused session delves into the importance of collecting, preserving, and making available materials documenting the history of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender activism. Panelists will reflect on successes and shortcomings in caring for the cultural memory of LGBT activists, movements, and daily lives in special collections libraries and archives as well as the nexus between education and activism within the LGBT community. The conversation will include not only knowledgeable panelists with unique perspectives, but also the audience, whose participation, questions, and perspectives are an essential part of the session, too. This program is sponsored by RBMS and the ALA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Round Table.

1:00pm - 2:30pm
Digital Conversion Interest Group Discussion/Interest group Moscone Convention Center
124 (N)
Description :


1-1:10: Call to order, announcements, co-chair announcement: Co Chairs to be Erica Lynn Titkemeyer from UNC and Ivey Glendon from University of Virginia

1:10-1:30: Erica Lynn Titkemeyer will discuss work at the Southern Folklife Collection (SFC) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As the Project Director on an initiative titled "Extending the Reach of Southern Audiovisual Sources", and funded by the Mellon Foundation, I have been with the co-principal investigators to develop and implement a large-scale digitization program for our moving image and audio collections. Dedicated to collecting, preserving and disseminating vernacular music, art, and culture related to the American South, the SFC holds over 250,000 audio recordings, 3,500 video materials, and over 8 million feet of film. With a significant portion of these recordings residing on unstable formats, and 60% of the collection requiring more complete processing and cataloging, the SFC has been working to assess needs related to conservation and access. In this talk I would plan to discuss our initial challenges and processes in developing workflows and prioritization tools, along with our future plans, with a particular focus on developing improved visibility and access to our digitized collections via online streaming.

1:30-2:00: George Blood, George Blood Audio and Video, “Number Crunching: Or How I Learned I Wanted to Participate in Preservation Statistics”

"If you can't measure it you can't control it". In this presentation we'll look at how statistics can be used in preservation: how do our stats compare with other institutions (baselining), how can we we make our limited staff and funds go further (resource allocation), how do we keep making the same mistakes (quality control), if we spend more on X will we do better (quality assurance), make better estimates of resources needed (budget development)? Building upon common library concepts, such as rules of entry and tracking reference requests, we'll show how a simple spreadsheet and "make chart" will help you do a better job, demonstrate improvement, and make the case to management and funders.

2:00-2:30: Emily Shaw
The Ohio State University Libraries holds roughly 80,000 Masters Theses deposited by OSU graduate students over the decades. Like many of our peers, we have been converting high-use theses and dissertations and those requested through Interlibrary Loan for some time, and depositing them into the OhioLINK ETD Center. Access and download statistics for OSU’s digitized, retrospective theses and dissertations in the OhioLINK ETD Center indicate the high value and impact of these works, so the Libraries decided to go big: In 2014, we went out to bid for the conversion of 20,000 Masters Theses over 2 years. As a result of the pricing obtained through this competitive bid process, we will be able to convert roughly 1/3 more volumes than estimated for the amount of funding originally allocated to this project. This presentation will outline the inception, scope and process for this ongoing project, and discuss issues related to access, preservation and rights management.

Saturday, June 27 - 3:00pm

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Catalog Form and Function Interest Group Discussion/Interest group Moscone Convention Center
124 (N)
Description :

Disaster Recovery . . . in the OPAC
Rebecca L. Leonhard, Director of Libraries, Leysin American School

I began working in the libraries at Leysin American School in Switzerland, an international boarding school in the Swiss Alps, about three years ago. I was the first librarian with a library science degree to work there in over four years. Upon doing my first search in the library’s online catalog, I found a disaster. I saw such atrocious things as missing call numbers, incomplete and inaccurate MARC records, bibliographic records shouting at me in all capital letters, no subject headings, and much more. Furthermore, when I looked on the shelves, entire sections were uncataloged, books had handwritten spine labels, items did not match their online bibliographic records, and numerous item barcodes were not found in the OPAC due to a data loss several years before. What to do? Where to begin? Should we just delete all the records and rebuild the OPAC from scratch? This presentation will outline the processes undertaken to improve our OPAC and begin to fix it and the goals motivating the changes. Taking into account the needs of an American secondary school library program serving primarily non-native English speakers and an expatriate English-speaking adult community with families, the libraries began to do some damage control. The problems the libraries faced, such as limited funds and untrained staff with high turnover, will be discussed along with what worked and what did not work over the last three years. This will include the creation of streamlined cataloging policies and procedures and how that was disseminated to library staff, the inventory process, and separating the library database into two in order to serve both campus libraries. Ongoing projects will be highlighted along with what the libraries plan to do in the future to continue to recover from the disaster that was the OPAC.

One Thing Leads to Another
Jana Slay, Head of Technical Services, Troy University
Rachel Hooper, Business Reference Librarian, Troy University

The presenters will discuss how a decision to change Discovery tools from Summon to OCLC Discovery quickly developed into the decision to change the library’s ILS from SirsiDynix Symphony to WorldShare Management Services. The presentation will be a practical, detailed talk from the perspectives of technical services and reference services. The discussion will include reasons why they chose to change systems, the steps involved in switching, some of the challenges that they have encountered, and their end term goals.

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Collection Development Librarians of Academic Libraries Interest Group Discussion/Interest group Moscone Convention Center
122 (N)
Description :

ALCTS – Collection Management Section (CMS)
Administration of Collection Management Interest Group (ACM-IG) and
Collection Development Librarians of Academic Libraries (CDLAL-IG)

Joint Program: Annual Meeting, San Francisco

Title: What’s changing in library liaison roles & how do these changes affect collections?


David Feinmark, Southern Connecticut State University
Melanie Maksin, Yale University
Sha Towers, Baylor University

Moderator: Michael Leach, Cabot Science Library, Harvard University

After a brief summary of the history of liaison programs in libraries, the panelists will give an overview of models at their institutions. Further discussion topics with an open forum will include: developing best practices; partnering and collaboration with various library and non-library groups on campus; the changing liaison model; what new roles are appearing for liaisons; how are the changes being developed and managed; and what types of assessments and tools being put in place to measure the success of these new programs.

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Holdings Information Forum Forum/Update/Assembly Moscone Convention Center
3002 (W)
Description :

Please join us for two presentations on holdings data in GOKb and BIBFRAME.

Kristen Wilson, Associate Head, Acquisitions and Discovery, GOKb Editor, North Carolina State University Libraries, will speak on The Global Open Knowledgebase (GOKb), a partnership between Kuali OLE and Jisc. GOKb is an open data repository of information related to electronic resources as they are acquired and managed by libraries. Holdings information is a core component of GOKb. This presentation will describe the ways in which GOKb has addressed holdings information so far, as well as some of the challenges and opportunities that the project has identified as a result of this work.

Xiaoli Li , Co-Head of Content Support Services, Department at the University of California (UC) Davis General Library, will speak on the potential for rich bibliographic description of resources that BIBFRAME offers. However linking these resources to library holdings data is not natively part of the BIBFRAME framework. How will serials cataloging be impacted by implementation of BIBFRAME? How will libraries handle their holdings data in BIBFRAME description? This presentation will shed some light on these issues. Xiaoli will share what UC Davis has learned from their experiment with converting serials from MARC to BIBFRAME. She will also present her thoughts on what libraries will need to do in order to move their legacy serial bibliographic and holdings data into BIBFRAME.

We look forward to seeing you there.

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Preservation Metadata Interest Group Discussion/Interest group Moscone Convention Center
2008 (W)
Description :

Please join us for the ALCTS PARS Preservation Metadata Interest Group Meeting at ALA Annual 2015 in San Francisco. Our program will begin with a short business meeting and the election of an incoming co-chair. The session will focus on pragmatic implementations of preservation metadata for two tricky content types, web archives and digital media art objects.

Don't WARC Away: Preservation Metadata for Web Archives
Maria LaCalle, Web Archivist, Internet Archive
Jefferson Bailey, Director of Web Archiving Programs, Internet Archive

As more institutions include web archives in their digital collections, creating preservation metadata to support the long term stewardship of these files is a newly emerging challenge. Archive-It, a web archiving service of the Internet Archive, works with over 360 partner institutions across the globe, providing tools for harvesting, managing, and accessing archived web content. This talk will explore how Archive-It partners incorporate preservation metadata into their web archiving programs, the development of tools and workflows to support this work, and the unique challenges web archives present to digital preservation metadata.

In the Service of Art: Metadata for Preservation of Digital Artworks
Jason Kovari, Head of Metadata Services, Cornell University

In February 2013, the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, part of Cornell University Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, received a $300,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop PAFDAO (Preservation and Access Frameworks for Complex Digital Media Art Objects). PAFDAO’s test collection includes more than 300 interactive born-digital artworks created for CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, and web distribution, many of which date back to the early 1990s. Though vitally important to understanding the development of media art and aesthetics over the past two decades, these materials are at serious risk of degradation and are unreadable without obsolete computers and software. This talk will reference the larger workflow of the project and how metadata decisions were made in order to ensure long-term preservation and use of these complex digital media art objects, most of which contain many elaborate interdependencies.