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MDG Online Day Conference 2021

MDG 2021 Online Day Conference

The Metadata and Discovery Group is pleased to announce its first single day, online only conference on 8th December 2021. CILIP MDG members and non-members are both welcome to attend. The conference will run from 10.00 to 16.00 and be held on Zoom.

Our keynote speaker this year will be Alan Danskin, Collection Metadata Standards Manager at the British Library who will present on the Futures of Cataloguing.

10:00-10:10*MDG  Welcome and introduction
10:10-11:10 Alan Danskin Keynote
11:10-11:30 Break General chat rooms
11:30-12:00 Helen Williams LSE’s adventures in Wikidata-land: tears and triumphs down the rabbit hole
12:00-12:30 Jenny Wright Working in the future: the inclusion of ISNIs in MARC21 bibliographic records, using automated solutions
12:30-13:30 Lunch break General chat rooms
13:30-14:00 Amber Billey and Sarah Theimer Introducing Open Cataloguing Rules: creating a freely available cataloguing code alternative to RDA
14:00-14:30 Getaneh Alemu From the principle of sufficiency and necessity to metadata enriching
14:30-15:00 Break General chat rooms
15:00-15:10 Barbara Band To Dewey or not to Dewey: the idiosyncrasies of cataloguing for school librarians
15:10-15:20 Victoria E Edwards The quality management of bibliographic metadata for e-books in UK higher education libraries
15:20-15:50 Martin Kelleher A UK NACO and SACO funnel – a call for funnelers
   *Timings subject to change until further notice



The conference is £20 +VAT for CILIP MDG members or £26 +VAT for non-members.


All presentations and question and answer sessions will be recorded and later uploaded to our YouTube channel. Questions can be taken directly after the presentation or submitted to the panel via the chat function. You can visit and subscribe to our YouTube channel here. You will find past presentations and conference papers there. 

Cataloguing & Indexing Group in Scotland AGM, 10th December

The Cataloguing & Indexing Group in Scotland warmly invites you to its Annual General Meeting, which will take place via Zoom on the 10th December at 2pm.
At this year’s AGM, we will formally endorse the change of name of the group from The Cataloguing & Indexing Group in Scotland to The Metadata and Discovery Group in Scotland, in line with the name change of the UK group earlier this year.
Post-AGM seminar
At this year’s AGM we are delighted to host a talk on the Scottish Ballet Video Archive at the National Library of Scotland. Ann Cameron, Curator at the Library’s Moving Image and Sound Collections in Glasgow, will provide an insight into the project and the role of metadata in bringing this remarkable collection to the public.
Committee elections will take place at the AGM. If you are interested in joining the COmmittee, or wish to raise items for the agenda, please contact CIGS Secretary, Alexandra De Pretto at
RegistrationBoth the AGM and the seminar are free and open to members and non-members; however, registration is required. Please register via Eventbrite:
Access details will be sent out to the attendees closer to the meeting.
We look forward to seeing you at this year’s AGM!
All the best,
Natasha Aburrow-JonesCIGS Events Secretary
Systems Librarian
Advocates LibraryEdinburgh.