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Please note: The attendance cap has been reached and registration is now closed. If you wish to be added to the waitlist, please email the instructor, Sara Ring. This series was developed for and sponsored by the Tri-College University Libraries

Series Description

Library data remains largely hidden from search engines and other services that people frequent on a daily basis, and the library linked data movement seeks to transform and integrate our rich, authoritative data into the web. For several years now, we have been moving towards this goal. From the many presentations, conferences, grant projects, and even new models developed, what progress has been made? What can we do now with our library data? How will linked data affect our current practice and future user experience? This two-part session will address the big picture, but also provide opportunities for staff to practice identifying and creating linked data.  

Part 1

February 1, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Learn about the purpose and principles of linked data and what it means for libraries and our users. After a general introduction, we will look at how linked data is different from our legacy library data and see what the transformation from records to entities looks like. We will look at current examples of linked data implementation, including examples of libraries using linked data from other sources to enhance discovery systems/catalogs. In looking at current implementations, we will also explore how linked data impacts library users (students, teachers, and teaching librarians). We'll wrap up by exploring the compelling reasons for pursuing this work, and review outstanding barriers.

Library staff working in all types of roles are welcome, including staff with a general interest in linked data and how it will affect different aspects of library work and users. 

Participants will gain a foundation of knowledge to build from and the ability to follow and participate in future discussions about implementation. 


Staff contact
Sara Ring

Continuing Education Librarian