Articles in category 'ALA Conferences'

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)

Presentations on innovative ways to gather data outside the library silo are happening all over ALA–generally hosted by committees and interest groups using speakers already planning to be at the conference. A great example of the kind of presentation I’m talking about was the Sunday presentation sponsored by the ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging & Classification Research [...]

By Diane Hillmann, February 5, 2014, 4:23 pm (UTC-5)

Saturday, January 25, 2014, 3:00-4:00 p.m., A Consideration of Holdings in the World Beyond MARC [PCC 203B] Sunday, January 26, 2014, 8:30-10:00 a.m., The Other Side of Linked Data: Managing Metadata Aggregation [PCC 102A] Sunday, January 26, 2014, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Mapmakers [PCC 102A] Most ALA watchers have noticed a shift from ‘invited talks’ at Interest [...]

By Diane Hillmann, December 9, 2013, 3:26 pm (UTC-5)

If we were asked (as we sometimes are) what we’d like to see develop as a result of the BibFrame effort, the emphasis in our answer would have both technical and social aspects. First, given the technologies developing in several different places and considering what we can do now to bring Linked Open Data into [...]

By Diane Hillmann, July 4, 2012, 2:35 pm (UTC-5)

At the Friday ‘Big Heads’ meeting much of the conversation revolved around Incrementalism vs. Revolution, as have so many conversations, about so many things. Someone quoted David Mamet (I can’t find the quote) that what we need is sledge hammers, not chisels, and I thought it was a notion too good to pass up as [...]

By Diane Hillmann, January 9, 2011, 5:25 pm (UTC-5)

Friday I attended the RDA Update, organized as the “Briefings From RDA Test Participants.” The room was full (overfull, actually), and I ended up sitting in the back on a chair pulled from the main seating area towards the back wall. Beacher Wiggins provided the background and updated the group on the plan and timetable. [...]

By Diane Hillmann, January 9, 2011, 9:33 am (UTC-5)