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2017 CILIP Conference – Report

2017 CILIP Conference report by Clara Panozzo

I was looking for one single word to describe the CILIP Conference in Manchester at the beginning of July. One word that could put inspiring and stimulating and enlightening and encouraging together. I didn’t succeed, so I am going to use all those four words, which apply mainly to the three keynotes but also the seminars, briefings and workshops that I managed to attend (I sometimes wished I could be ubiquitous).

Carla Hayden’s speech was inspiring, stimulating, enlightening and encouraging, almost to tears (yes, a few colleagues and myself confessed this). Her call for major research libraries to engage with the wider public resonated broadly. As someone who works for such an institution, I can clearly see the need of this, particularly when talking about younger audiences, the “researchers” of the future. And I can also see that many of the initiatives now taking place in my Library (such the numerous digitisation and outreach projects) are somehow going in this direction.

Her keynote also made me think about what a great position we cataloguers are in when it comes to act as bridge between our collections and audiences. Cataloguers KNOW the stuff, cataloguers can bring out the value and knowledge of the collections out to the world. We can, and should be given the chances and tools to, promote, engage and involve. We also have the right mind-set to do this, we are used to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes and think about what information might be relevant to others and then put it out there. Cataloguers could also be viewed as “value enhancers and promoters”. Part of my current position as a Special Collections Cataloguer is also about such activities, and while now I can see their importance from a broader perspective, I can say that they are also highly rewarding. Just to give an example, interacting with people on Facebook about a wonderful discovery you have just posted a picture about, is very stimulating and can lead to further enriching discussions. In the words of Carla Hayden, “this is the time”, this is the time to connect.

The “Using data and information” seminar also gave me the chance to reflect on the role of cataloguers, but this time to think about cataloguers outside libraries. Quite an unusual thought, at least for me! We heard about the importance of big amounts of data put together to make something tangible, as Caroline Carruthers put it , and the need to organise and declutter data so that information can be, simply and fundamentally, retrieved. This is something cataloguers normally do but could potentially do in other contexts as well, working with data other than from books. And although I am not planning to leave “my” lovely books at the moment, it is interesting indeed to know that cataloguers are a desirable workforce. Probably this is also somehow reassuring, considering all those rumours about our jobs being automatized in the -near?- future. Nothing further from the truth, apparently. We have sought-after skills such as logical thinking, the ability to communicate within both the “data cloud” and the real world and therefore we could become a bridge between business and designers. We supposedly also have expertise in handling lots of data. Now, I personally do not have any experience in handling “lots” of data. So after this seminar my curiosity was triggered and I am now considering what chances I could get to gain some more knowledge about handling “big data”. My library is currently undergoing a major critical change: the implementation of a new library management system. Lots and lots of data being matched, mismatched, converted and moved around. Could this be an opportunity for me to have a look at how lots of data are managed? Could I get involved in this somehow? Definitely something to explore and which I would not have considered had I not attended the conference.

Many of the other contributions at the conference gave much food for thought too. I found Luciano Floridi’s keynote particularly engaging. The flow of ideas that lead him to maintain that libraries have a “socio-political role in counterbalancing Power and its ability to control and influence people’s behaviour” were eye-opening. Indeed, libraries can and should offer the possibility to “free and effective questioning”. This is, I believe, true both for public and research libraries. And this makes me go back to Carla Hayden: librarians (and libraries!) are the original search engine, with a huge role to play in the information society.

Finally, I also attended the seminars on information literacy and engaging audiences, and two career development workshops on how to be a good communicator and the “insider’s guide to Professional Registration”. The first two I chose because they would give more insights about things I feel I don’t know enough about. The second two just because they were very useful!

As I said at the beginning, I felt the conference was inspiring, stimulating, enlightening and encouraging. But I also left Manchester with an underlying feeling of pride. I was proud to be a librarian, proud to be a cataloguer and proud to be a member of CILIP.

Clara Panozzo

Special Collections Cataloguer

(in secondment) – Rare Books

Cambridge University Library

Somewhere over the Rainbow – programme now available

The programme for CIG Scotland’s seventh Metadata & Web 2.0 seminar is now available, please see below.

Title: Somewhere over the Rainbow : 0ur metadata online, past, present & future Venue: National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh
Date 5th April 2017

PROGRAMME

10:00 Registration & coffee

10:30 Welcome

10:35 Crowdsourcing at the National Library of Scotland / Ines Byrne & Steve Rigden (National Library of Scotland)

Bringing the past to life will unfold as Ines Byrne and Steve Rigden from the National Library of Scotland describe standards and issues in crowdsourcing the transcription of historic handwritten texts

11:10 Can web archiving the Olympics be an international team effort? Running the Rio Olympics and Paralympics project / Helena Byrne (British Library)

Managing metadata from the present will be explored by Helena Byrne from the British Library, as she describes the global co-ordination of metadata required for harvesting websites for the 2016 Olympics, as part of the International Internet Preservation Coalition’s Rio 2016 web archiving project

11:45 Statistical Accounts of Scotland / Vivienne Mayo (EDINA)

Vivienne Mayo from EDINA describes how information from the past has found a new lease of life in the recently re-launched Statistical Accounts of Scotland

12:20 Lunch

13:20 Beyond bibliographic description: emotional metadata on YouTube / Diane Pennington (University of Strathclyde)

Diane Pennington of Strathclyde University will move beyond the bounds of bibliographic description as she discusses her research about emotions shared by music fans online and how they might be used as metadata for new approaches to search and retrieval

13:55 Our 5Rights: digital rights of children and young people / Dev Kornish, Dan Dickson, Bethany Wilson (5Rights Youth Commission)

Young Scot, Scottish Government and 5Rights introduce Scotland’s 5Rights Youth Commission – a diverse group of young people passionate about their digital rights. We will hear from Dev, Dan and Bethany what their ‘5Rights’ mean to them, and how children and young people can be empowered to access technology, knowledgeably, and fearlessly.

14:30 Break

14:45 Playing with metadata / Gavin Willshaw and Scott Renton (University of Edinburgh)

Learn about Edinburgh University Library’s metadata games platform, a crowdsourcing initiative which has improved descriptive metadata and become a vital engagement tool both within and beyond the library. Hear how they have developed their games in collaboration with Tiltfactor, a Dartmouth College-based research group which explores game design for social change, and learn what they’re doing with crowd-sourced data. There may even be time for you to set a new high score…

15:20 Managing your digital footprint / Nicola Osborne (EDINA)

Nicola Osborne will give tips on how to manage our digital footprint

16:00 Close

For more information and details on how to register, please go to https://cigs-somewhere-over-the-rainbow.eventbrite.com

We look forward to seeing you in Edinburgh on Wednesday the 5th of April

#cigsweb2

Introduction to Cataloguing

Date: Friday April 7th

Time: 10:00 – 16:00

CILIP South West Members Network (SWMN) & CILIP Cataloguing and Indexing Group (CIG) invite you to oneBooks day training on cataloguing.
This training is aimed at people who know nothing about cataloguing (or who have forgotten everything they once knew long ago). In a range of activities, you will find out what cataloguing is and why we do it; have a go at doing some basic cataloguing using the current international standard (RDA) and exchange format (MARC21); and leave with some resources you can use to keep up-to-date with your newly-gained cataloguing knowledge.

The trainers are from CILIP’s Cataloguing and Indexing Group. Anne Welsh is Lecturer in Library and Information Studies at University College London, where she teaches the core module in Cataloguing and optional modules in Advanced Cataloguing and in Historical Bibliography. Her co-authored book Practical Cataloguing (Facet, 2012) is a set text at iSchools nationally and internationally, and her second book, Cataloguing and Decision-Making in a Hybrid Environment is due out from Facet later this year.

Katharine Whaite is currently completing her PhD studies in cataloguing history at University College London, where she has led classes in cataloguing and classification. She has previously worked at BPP University Library (Holborn), and Gray’s Inn Library, where she has also provided legal information training. She has published articles in Catalogue & Index and Information Research.

Sponsored place
CIG is pleased to offer a sponsored place for this event. The sponsorship covers the registration fee, with the bursary holder responsible for their own travel costs.

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 17 March 2017.
Registration
To register for this event, and for more details, please go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-cataloguing-tickets-32351326689.

For any enquiries regarding this event please contact Christina Carson, Candidate Support Officer, Devon & Cornwall.

We look forward to seeing you there!

RDA in a Day 2017

Card catalogue

Please note that this event is now fully booked. You can still join the waitlist below.

Date: 11/5/17

Time: 10:00 – 17:00

Location: CILIP Headquarters, 7 Ridgmount Street, London, WC1E 7AE

The CILIP Cataloguing & Indexing Group (CIG) is pleased to announce a repeat of the successful RDA in a Day training course.

RDA in a Day is a practical introduction to cataloguing with RDA: Resource Description and Access. Led by two RDA specialists from the British Library, the course will cover the FRBR model and RDA terminology. This is an interactive, hands-on course in which trainees will learn by using RIMMF and the RDA Toolkit to create RDA records. The day also covers creation of RDA records in MARC 21. Prior cataloguing experience and knowledge of AACR2 and MARC 21 will be an advantage. Places are limited to maintain an excellent trainer/trainee ration so that you get the most out of your day.

Registration – Book here
Closing date for bookings: 21 April 2017
Please note that invoices will not be issued until shortly after the event.

Sponsored place
We are pleased to be able to offer a sponsored place for this event. 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 Nicky by 10 March 2017.

Applicants will be notified whether they have been successful by 24 March 2017.

When filling in the registration form please provide the following additional information so that the trainers may better tailor the course to the group:

How would you describe your current familiarity with MARC?

  • None
  • Basic
  • Good

How would you describe your current familiarity with RDA?

  • None
  • Basic
  • Good

Cancellation policy
Please note our cancellation policy: once your place is confirmed, we are unable to arrange refunds if you are subsequently unable to attend the event. Should this circumstance arise we are happy for someone else to attend in your place, but please notify us in advance if at all possible.

LCSH in a day: A CIG event delivered by the British Library

**Fully booked. Please email to be added to the waiting list**

The CILIP Cataloguing & Indexing Group (CIG) is pleased to announce a repeat of the successful “LCSH in a day” training course.  “LCSH in a day” is a practical introduction to using Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), led by a specialist from the British Library.  The course will include an overview of the Subject Cataloging Manual, and will cover the structure of LCSH and conventions for constructing strings.  This one-day event mixes taught theory with practical exercises.

Full details of the dates and venue are given below.  To book, please fill in the booking form.

We are pleased to be able to offer a sponsored place at this event. 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 delegates to write a report/summary to be publicised on the CIG blog and/or journal. Please submit your application to Debbie by the date given below.

Date: Wednesday 23rd November 2016

Time: 10.00-17.00 (lunch included)

Venue: CILIP HQ, 7 Ridgmount Street, London, WC1E 7AE

Cost: £95 +VAT (CIG members), £120 +VAT (non-CIG members)

Closing date for sponsored place applications: 12th October (applicants will be notified by 26th October).

Closing date for bookings: 9th November

Contact: Debbie Lee (deborah.lee@courtauld.ac.uk; +44 (0)20 7848 2905)

Please note that once your place is confirmed, we are unable to arrange refunds if you are subsequently unable to attend the event. Should this circumstance arise we are happy for someone else to attend in your place, but please notify us in advance if at all possible.