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Report from CILIP Conference 2018, Brighton

As per the experience of Laura Cagnazzo

Twitter: @LauraFCagnazzo

Winning a bursary from the Cataloguing & Indexing Group was such a thrill! I would have not been otherwise able to attend my first CILIP Conference. Seen from the perspective of a newly-qualified information professional (that I am), CILIP Brighton 2018 was a triumph of positivity, inspiration and passion for the profession. For those who were not able to attend, I would recommend to flick through the Conference pictures, visit the Conference website, check out the related tweets on Twitter (@CILIPConf18, #CILIPConf18) and listen to the special episode of the podcast “Librarians with Lives” by Jo Wood. I hope that reading this report will also give a taste of what attending the conference felt like.

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Bursaries for CILIP Conference 2017

CILIP Conference 2017, 5-6 July, Manchester

The CIG committee is pleased to announce that there are two bursaries on offer for our members to attend the CILIP Conference 2017. This year’s event promises to be great so get those applications in!

We are also pleased to announce that there will be a CIG stand at this year’s conference so do drop by and say hello to our committee representatives. They are looking forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have about our group.

Why you should attend

“This is an amazing opportunity to connect with library professionals around the globe, to generate ideas and build relationships. When librarians get together, something great happens.”
Dr Carla D. Hayden, Librarian of Congress and CILIP Conference 2017 keynote speaker

The CILIP Conference brings together 600 library and information professionals for two days of knowledge sharing, discussion, debate and networking opportunities. The conference aims to leave you feeling inspired and passionate about the work that we do as a profession.

This year’s programme focuses on the key areas impacting our profession; from technology to policy, and social justice to learning. These sessions will sit alongside a dedicated strand focusing on “Your Career” which will offer help, advance and the tools you need for all stages of your career, and a brand new strand – the “Creative Hub” – working with Manchester Library Services.

To keep up to date on conference developments, follow @CILIPConf17 and #CILIPConf17 and visit the conference website, cilipconference.org.uk.

Bursary options

CILIP bursary

CILIP is pleased to offer CIG members a bursary place for this event. The bursary includes access to both days of the conference, lunch, refreshments and all sessions. It also includes a ticket to the evening reception at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) and one nights’ accommodation at Motel One, both on Wednesday 5 July 2017. In addition, CIG will cover travel costs for up to £100.

CIG sponsored place

CIG is pleased to offer a sponsored place for this event. The sponsorship covers the registration fee, one night’s accommodation at Motel One and travel costs for up to £100. The registration fee includes access to both days of the conference, lunch, refreshments and all sessions. It also includes a ticket to the evening reception at MOSI.

How to apply

Applicants must be CIG members (though CILIP membership is not required), and the application (ca. 200 words) should demonstrate why they would like to attend, how they would use their attendance to highlight or promote CIG’s area of interest, and if/why they would not be able to attend without CIG sponsorship. We would like the sponsored delegate to write a report/summary to be publicised on the CIG blog and/or journal.

Please submit your application to the Honorary Secretary Emily Bogie, e.berrisford@sheffield.ac.uk by 11 April 2017.

Applicants will be notified whether they have been successful by 18 April 2017.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to get in touch, cigcommittee@gmail.com.

For further information see: https://www.cilip.org.uk/cataloguing-indexing-group/news/bursaries-cilip-conference-2017

CIG16 Write Up

Below is a summary of our recent conference on Innovation and Discovery written by Emma Booth from Metadata Services at LSE.  Many thanks to Emma for giving us permission to include this on our blog.

Earlier this month, the biennial conference of the Cataloguing and Indexing Group took place at Swansea University’s Bay Campus, focusing upon metadata innovation and discovery.

The conference demonstrated how libraries, archives and museums are all striving to improve the quality of their metadata in order to enhance resource-discovery for their users. Papers and presentations covered a range of interesting and innovative metadata enrichment and quality- improvement projects, including collaborations between libraries, archives and special collections.

Several of the presentations revealed how refinements in metadata standards and the adoption of Linked Open Data formats such as BIBFRAME are enabling librarians to acquire new skills in metadata creation and manipulation, whilst simultaneously improving the discoverability of library-resources on external systems via the web. This is due to the fact that Linked Open Data standards allow bibliographic metadata to become compatible with web-data standards, and so be indexed by web-based search engines, rather than being hidden away in the library’s local catalogue or repository.

Furthermore, Linked Open Data standards enable users to explore the relationships and links between different works, individuals, events and places, which can open up new avenues for cross-disciplinary research. This means that library collections can expand their discoverability from local to global audiences and have a wider impact upon research and learning communities. As such, Linked Data projects enable an institution to shift towards a more ‘user-centric’ approach to resource discoverability, acknowledging the fact that researchers often choose to use external systems, tools and platforms to search for information, rather than just using a library catalogue.

Throughout the conference there were examples of the fundamental work that cataloguers and metadata librarians are doing on a daily basis in order to ensure that collections are made discoverable and accessible. Many libraries are investing time and staff resources in upgrading their legacy metadata records from old standards, and are steadily FRBRising their library catalogue in order to make its content more discoverable to users.

Many of the papers also expressed the view that, whilst the work of the metadata team is often hidden away from public view, cataloguing and metadata practices and workflows, together with systems and discovery layers, ultimately determine the user experience and, therefore, the user’s impression of a library’s quality. Without good quality, standardised bibliographic metadata it is impossible for a library-user to know what resources are in a library’s collections, whether they are relevant to the their research, how they relate to materials they have already accessed, or how to gain physical or electronic access to those resources. In essence, without bibliographic metadata there is no library!

The overall feeling of the conference was that metadata librarianship is in an exciting place, with great opportunities for expansion and innovation opening up through projects involving Linked Data. However, there was a feeling that cataloguers and metadata specialists need to be more vocal advocates for the work that they do, and for the importance of metadata enrichment projects at their institutions as a means of enhancing the user-experience and improving the discoverability of library collections.

Slides, workshop materials and posters from the conference can be found here.

CIG Conference 2016 – Feedback

The CIG Conference is over for another year. Although we had a great time and hope you did too we are always keen to hear how we could make the experience even better.
If you attended CIG 2016 – Innovation and Discovery – let us know what you thought by taking a quick survey here.
We are also interested in hearing from you if you didn’t attend. Please complete the survey here.

#CIG16 After Dinner Speaker

At this year’s CIG conference in Swansea we will be very pleased to welcome artist Sam Winston as our after dinner speaker on Thursday 1st September.  Sam will be talking about his collaborative picture-book with Oliver Jeffers called A Child of Books, coming out September 2016. The book is an ode to storytelling and imagination, featuring landscapes crafted out of excerpts taken from over 40 works of classic children’s literature. Sam’s typographic settings paired with Oliver’s character illustrations tell the story of two children’s adventures into the world of stories.

For those of you who are new to Sam’s work, this extract from his website http://www.samwinston.com/ will perhaps illustrate how his art should be of interest to those of us who work with metadata and text:

Sam Winston’s practise is concerned with language both as a carrier of messages but also as a form in and of itself. Initially known for his typography and artist books, he employs a variety of different approaches including drawing, data mapping and poetry.

A continuing theme is his exploration of the hidden narratives found in canonical bodies of text. Works such as Darwin’s Origin of the Species or classic nineteenth century children’s literature are often subject to data mining and cut and paste techniques to playfully reveal meta narratives and visual assumptions.

Sam’s new book A Child of Books is being published on 1st September, the date of our conference, so we are lucky to have this exclusive opportunity to hear him talk on publication day.

Sam can be found on Twitter and Instagram:  @samwinston_