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The future of cataloguing: a Mercian Metadata Group (MMG) workshop

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  • This event is restricted to delegates from institutions who are members of the Mercian Collaboration.
  • Please let us know via the contact button below if you have any specific dietary requirements.

In preparation for the first MMG workshop find attached a provisional programme. This is the inaugural event of the MMG and an opportunity for collaboration members to get to know each other better and to identify key areas of interest that can be developed by the group in the future.

With this in mind, we have adopted, and adapted, the format of an event recently held by CIG Scotland in Edinburgh on the future of cataloguing that followed the World Café method[i]. This is “designed to create a safe, welcoming environment in which to intentionally connect multiple ideas and perspectives on a topic by engaging participants in several rounds of small-group conversation”. We will run four tables each with a board topic on the future of metadata and cataloguing. Each participant will have a chance to talk about each topic over the course of the day.

Programme - timings are provisional

Registration & refreshments: 10:00-10:30 - report to the reception desk in the foyer of the Library building (for directions on how to get to Aston University: https://www2.aston.ac.uk/about/directions)

Welcome and outline of the day 10:30-10:45 – William Peaden (Aston University)

Scene setting and the British Library’s Metadata Strategy (2019-23) 10:45-11:30 – Thurstan Young (British Library)

Table discussions: 11:30-15:00 (with breaks and lunch)

There are four broad areas proposed for discussion:

  1. The future of authority control, identifiers, linked data, subject analysis and controlled vocabularies (LCSH, FAST, TGN, etc.) – Facilitated by William Peaden
  2. The future of content standards (& data models) (RDA, ISBD, DCRM, etc.) & encoding models/formats (Marc, Bibframe, etc.) – Facilitated by Thurstan Young
  3. The future of cataloguing practice: what will the cataloguer or metadata manager of the future look like? – Facilitated by Richard Birley (Birmingham City University)
  4. The future LMS/catalogue: will they exist? What form will they take? And what about the future of data (sources, suppliers)? – Facilitated by Ed Kirkland (Warwick University)

Each table session will last around 30 minutes; delegates are encouraged to participate in all four discussions. Numbers per table will depend on the number of attendees but we envisage that there will be 6-7 participants per table.

Topics suggested at the recent CIG Scotland event were:

  • How can we realise the potential of connecting information through linked data when different organisations are implementing it with different standards and approaches?
  • Is subject analysis still a worthwhile exercise?
  • How important is it for cataloguers to understand the data models underpinning the content standards?
  • Is MARC really a dead man walking? Does it really need to die?
  • What are the most significant problems you face concerning your catalogue? Are they related to metadata quality, speed of delivery, accuracy of content coverage?
  • What are the biggest barriers to efficient, cost-effective metadata production in your institution?

11:30–12:05 - Session 1

12:05–12:10 - Comfort break/move to next session

12:10–12:45 - Session 2

12:50–13:40 - Lunch

13:40–14:15 - Session 3

14:15–14:20 - Comfort break/move to next session

14:20–14:55 - Session 4

15:00–15:15 – Comfort break

15:15 – 16:00 – Summary of key points from each topic given by facilitators, followed by an open floor discussion

16:30 - Finish

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