2014 Annual Meeting Agenda

MDOR Roundtable 2014 Meeting
Wednesday, August 13th, 5:15-7:15 pm

Those unable to attend in person can follow the meeting real-time via Twitter (#mdor14) and Google Docs. We’ll be tweeting/posting highlights from the meeting as well as taking questions.


1.    5:15-5:45 pm: Business Meeting

  • SAA 2015 Program Committee report (Kim Sims)
  • Council liaison comments (Helen Wong Smith)
  • OCLC Research update (Jackie Dooley)
  • Election results
  • Review of bylaws change

2.    5:50-6:30 pm: Metadata Presentations 

"What are We Thinking? Using Faceted Classification and Tagging to Enhance Subject Access to the Public Mind" by Elise Dunham, Metadata Production Specialist, Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, University of Connecticut

Abstract: The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research collects, preserves, and makes available data generated in the public opinion survey research industry. We are enhancing subject access to our data by transitioning from a static topic-assignment system to one that employs faceted classification and tagging. This presentation will provide an overview of the technical and conceptual challenges the Roper Center has faced in developing and implementing a subject taxonomy for the diverse and inherently controversial public opinion domain, as well as offer tips for anyone thinking about embarking on a taxonomy project of their own.

"What do Users Want: Enhancing Metadata Using Google Analytics" by Jackie Couture, Eastern Kentucky University Special Collections and Archives

Abstract: This talk will discuss a project that we are working on to improve access to manuscript collections by enhancing the metadata based on actual search terms. We have used Google Analytics to pull actual search terms from our Archon database and analyzed the searches based on the number of hits. We then compared the terms with no results to collections that we own to determine where we should add language to enhance search results. In some cases this was done through the addition of subject headings and in some cases language was added to the scope and content note to include specific wording, such as ‘westward expansion.”

"Encoded Archival Context – Challenges, Possibilities, and Future (EAC-CPF)" by Iris Lee, Project Metadata Analyst, American Museum of Natural History Library & Nick Krabbenhoeft, Project Data Specialist, American Museum of Natural History Library

Abstract: EAC-CPF (Encoded Archival Context - Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families) is an established archival standard with emerging practices. The American Museum of Natural History is creating EAC-CPF records as part of a Hidden Collections grant describing expeditionary collections and their creators. In this talk, we will discuss the evolution of our solution from custom Excel sheets to xEAC, a generalized xForms-based service. We will also present challenges we face in understanding and adopting the standard.

Q & A

3.    6:30-7:15 pm: Management Presentations

"The Blue Devil is in the Details: Digital Collections Workflows at Duke University Libraries" by Molly Bragg, Digital Collections Program Manager, Duke University Libraries

 Abstract: Digital collections projects can be as unique as special collections themselves. At Duke University Libraries, digital collections projects are managed by several cross-departmental teams who propose, evaluate, implement, and manage digital collections throughout their lifecycle. Molly will share an overview of their workflow as well as speak to some of the challenges experienced in creating and managing a successful collaborative model.

"Versioning in Digital Archives: A Workflow" by Laura Alagna, Digital Accessions Specialist, University of Chicago Library

 Abstract: Technology makes it easy to create many different versions of digital objects, but this presents unique challenges to the archivist: how are digital objects in permanent storage replaced? What happens to the previous versions? What is the best method of communicating what changes have occurred? In this presentation, I will discuss the development and describe the steps of the “versioning” workflow in use at the University Chicago Library.

"An Institution-Wide Approach to Digital Preservation" by Rachel Jaffe, Metadata Librarian, University of California, Santa Cruz & Edward M. Corrado, Director of Library Technology, Binghamton University Libraries

 Abstract: Binghamton University is working to preserve digital assets using an institution-wide approach. Assets from the Libraries’ Special Collections, University Archives, and other units on campus are being deposited into the campus’s digital preservation system. Owing to the diverse needs of various stakeholders, we decided to deploy a project management based approach. This approach brings together the activities of librarians, archivists, academics, and professional staff. We will describe how we coordinate this digital preservation effort and our workflows will be shared.

Q & A