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Tuesday, June 9 • 1:45pm - 2:35pm
Practical Approaches to Linked Data

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Linked Data is exploding in the library world, but the biggest problems libraries have are coming up with the time or money involved in converting their records, looking into Linked Data programs, finding community support, and all the various other issues that arise as part of developing new methods. Likewise, one of the biggest hurdles for libraries and linked data is that they do not know what to do to get involved. As we have fewer people available and smaller budgets each year, we would like to explore ways in which libraries can get involved in the process without expending an undue amount of their already dwindling resources. To see how linked data can be applied, we will look at the example of the Smithsonian Libraries (SIL). Over the past 18 months, SIL has been preparing for the transition from MARC to linked open data. This session will talk about various SIL projects and initiatives (such as the FAST headings project and the introduction of Wikidata and WikiBase); how to incorporate linked data elements into MARC records; and how to develop staff and give them proficiency with new tools and workflows.

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Heidy Berthoud

Head of Resource Description, Smithsonian Libraries and Archives
Head of Resource Description for the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives, and point person for our African ethnic groups Wikidata project. When we're working onsite, my office is located in the National Museum of Natural History, but my department provides description for materials... Read More →
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Jeannie Hartley

Cataloging and Serials Librarian, Friends University
I came to Friends University's Edmund Stanley Library in September of 2018 as the Cataloging and Serials Librarian. My focus is on managing the collection as a whole, including serials and other materials. Cataloging and serials are very different beasts, which lends to my work a... Read More →

Tuesday June 9, 2020 1:45pm - 2:35pm EDT
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