Articles in category 'ALA Conferences'

One of the ongoing myths about RDA is that it’s just a set of instructions and rules for the creation and maintenance of bibliographic metadata, regardless of data model. This has never been entirely accurate, since the RDA instructions explicitly reference RDA’s FRBR-based metadata model, which was significantly modified by BibFrame. But the notion of […]

By Diane Hillmann, July 31, 2017, 2:57 pm (UTC-5)

While checking email during a moment of inattention at the recent ALA Midwinter meeting in Atlanta, I spotted an announcement of the new NISO publication “Understanding Metadata”, by Jenn Riley. It was a surprise, I’d not known that it was in preparation, but I hoped that such a primer would be helpful in raising the […]

By Diane Hillmann, March 1, 2017, 3:12 pm (UTC-5)

Sitting in the CC:DA meeting at ALA last week, listening to the RDA report and the questions it generated, I was struck yet again by the disconnect between the understanding by the audience of RDA as a content model — the Instructions as embodied in the Toolkit — and the presentation by the speakers of […]

By Jon, February 3, 2017, 2:56 pm (UTC-5)

Still here in Atlanta, enjoying the weather (today is something of an exception: thunderstorms and rain). My first meeting of the conference was on Friday–the FRBR Interest Group discussion–and although I rarely attend, it seemed to have a lot of potential. I was especially interested in finding out what other folks were thinking and asking […]

By Diane Hillmann, January 22, 2017, 9:56 am (UTC-5)

Metadata standards is a huge topic and evaluation a difficult task, one I’ve been involved in for quite a while. So I was pretty excited when I saw the link for “DRAFT Principles for Evaluating Metadata Standards”, but after reading it? Not so much. If we’re talking about “principles” in the sense of ‘stating-the-obvious-as-a-first-step’, well, […]

By Diane Hillmann, December 14, 2015, 4:59 pm (UTC-5)

In the old days, when I was on MARBI as liaison for AALL, I used to write a fairly detailed report, and after that wrote it up for my Cornell colleagues. The gist of those reports was to describe what happened, and if there might be implications to consider from the decisions. I don’t propose […]

By Diane Hillmann, July 10, 2015, 10:10 am (UTC-5)

I’ve been back from Chicago for just over a week now, but still reflecting on a very successful Jane-athon pre-conference the Friday before Midwinter. And the good news is that our participant survey responses agree with the “successful” part, plus contain a lot of food for thought going forward. More about that later … There […]

By Diane Hillmann, February 14, 2015, 2:43 pm (UTC-5)

The planning for the Midwinter Jane-athon pre-conference has been taking up a lot of my attention lately. It’s a really cool idea (credit to Deborah Fritz) to address the desire we’ve been hearing for some time for a participatory, hands on, session on RDA. And lets be clear, we’re not talking about the RDA instructions–this […]

By Diane Hillmann, December 19, 2014, 10:22 am (UTC-5)

I know many of you are puzzled by this event, so do take a look at a rundown of the plans on the RDA Toolkit Blog. Not so surprisingly, we were inspired by the notion of a hackathon, but it had to be focused on something other than computer code and application building. All of […]

By Diane Hillmann, November 30, 2014, 2:59 pm (UTC-5)

Everyone is getting tired of the sage-on-the-stage style of preconferences, so when Deborah Fritz suggested a hackathon (thank you Deborah!) to the RDA Dev Team, we all climbed aboard and started thinking about what that kind of event might look like, particularly in the ALA Midwinter context. We all agreed: there had to be a […]

By Diane Hillmann, October 27, 2014, 1:57 pm (UTC-5)