Technical practice: using metadata for engagement

10.15 – Thursday 5th July

Knowledge organization, privacy, and fake news: the view from ISKO UK

Recent scandals with Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, the Windrush affair, and alleged interference in elections in the UK and the United States have all highlighted concerns about privacy, fake news and information inequality. The way in which information is categorized, tagged, and catalogued has a profound effect on its discovery and use.  Knowledge organization can also provide some solutions for these problems. David will talk about the work of ISKO UK in this arena as well as touching on his own research on privacy and on metadata use.

David Haynes, Chair, ISKO UK
David is Chairperson of the UK chapter of the International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO UK) and a long-standing member of CILIP.  He has worked as a researcher, project manager and information consultant in libraries all around the world.  He returned to University late in his career to do a doctorate on privacy and social media and is currently a post-doctoral research fellow at the Department of Library and Information Science at City, University of London.  The research fellowship is supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Government Office of Science.  He also teaches metadata and taxonomy at the University of Dundee.  The second edition of his book ‘Metadata for information management and retrieval’ was published by Facet Publishing in January 2018.

LCF – The Library Communications Framework: what’s it all about?

LCF is a relatively new set of library interoperability standards to implement communications between systems within a library. Why do we need another set of standards and what can it do for you? The presentation will look at the background to LCF, what it is and how it is governed and discuss a couple of projects that would benefit from using it, from the viewpoint of libraries – no technical expertise required.

Catherine Cooke, Book Industry Communication (BIC)
Catherine studied French and German at Bedford College, London, then Library and Information Studies at University College, London. She has worked for Westminster Libraries for many years, in both lending and reference services, and manages Westminster’s Sherlock Holmes Collection. Since August 1986 she has managed and developed the libraries’ computer systems. A long-time member of various BIC Committees, Catherine has been Chair of the Libraries Committee since 2015. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. 

The not-so-secret lives of cataloguers: modern cataloguing in a contemporary information world

This session considers current practices and the future of cataloguing. The current reality of today’s cataloguing and the role of cataloguers will be dissected. A picture will be drawn of modern cataloguing, where thinking creatively, connecting retrieval with cataloguing, and building relationships across the library, are all paramount.  Then the future of cataloguing will be imagined including some of the opportunities and issues faced. While recruitment issues and the pervasive devaluing of cataloguing work are potential impediments to progress, the opportunities offered by developments such as linked data and evolving bibliographic data models suggest an exciting cataloguing future for 2019 and beyond.

Dr Deborah Lee, Senior Cataloguer, Courtauld Institute of Art
Deborah is the senior cataloguer at the Courtauld Institute of Art, where she is responsible for leading the cataloguing, managing the library’s classification scheme and delivering cataloguing training. She has a PhD in Library and Information Science from City, University of London, and her research is in the area of knowledge organisation. Deborah is a visiting lecturer in Library and Information Science at City, University of London, and a CILIP Onsite trainer. She is currently co-chair of the ARLIS Cataloguing and Classification Committee and co-editor of the CILIP CIG journal ‘Catalogue and Index’.

 Chair: Alasdair Ball, Head of Collection Management, British Library

Alasdair Ball is Head of Collection Management at The British Library. His responsibilities included the Acquisitions & Cataloguing of print & digital materials as well as associated Metadata and long-term preservative activities