Articles in category 'ALA Conferences'

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)

One of the things that always happens for me after ALA is a compiling of notes and some reflection on what I saw and learned while in the whirlwind of meetings and activities. This year is no different. There were few real surprises—after all, like most of you I keep in pretty good touch with […]

By Diane Hillmann, July 7, 2010, 2:42 pm (UTC-5)

Corey Harper seems to have started a collection of statements taken out of context, some of which I’ll share here: “If it’s not fish it has to be linked data” –Jennifer Bowen “I’m too far underground to know where I am” –Jon Phipps

By Jon, June 26, 2010, 10:16 am (UTC-5)

Today I participated in a Linked Data Unconference at ALA 2010 in Washington DC, which was remarkably successful. Organized by Corey Harper from NYU and ably moderated by Karen Coyle, about 50 of us held two sets of three hour-long, highly engaging breakout discussions with reports back to the larger group. I participated in a […]

By Jon, June 25, 2010, 6:03 pm (UTC-5)

One of the things I often do in the weeks following ALA conferences is check out the blog posts about sessions I missed attending. One such was the session on “Recent Trends in Catalog Architecture: ALCTS Catalog Form and Function Interest Group.” I don’t recall what we were doing instead of going to this session, […]

By Diane Hillmann, February 10, 2010, 5:21 pm (UTC-5)