Wow. The year is only a few days old and already there’s tons of activity in the library metadata world.
First, I’m thrilled to say that the CODE4LIB preconference I’ve been involved with is a go. Digging into metadata: context, code, and collaboration will be a forum for coders and catalogers to continue the work begun at the “Catalogers & Coders” CURATECamp, held at the DLF Fall Forum. As you may recall, one of the next steps which emerged from those discussions was to have future events dedicated to fostering cataloger-coder relationships. Registration for CODE4LIB is full, and there’s a substantial waiting list. There’s sure to be other events in the future, however, as CODE4LIB regionals continue to expand and interest groups within LIS organizations develop. Also, we’ll be making all of the CODE4LIB pre-con materials available
Speaking of making materials available, I’ve finally put my Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives, and Museums presentation up on slideshare. Thanks to Emily Nimsakont for letting me borrow a few slides from one of her presentations. Someday I’ll actually create a slidecast of this. I think slides sans context have limited utility. There will be another opportunity to catch me presenting live. If you’re going to ALA mid-winter, I’ll be speaking on a panel regarding future trends in authority work for PCC/NACO. I’ll post more details about that closer to the date.
Speaking of catalogers coding, Shana McDanold, one of my co-conspirators on the CODE4LIB pre-con, has been doing a bang-up job promoting CodeAcademy’s Code Year within the cataloging community. There are no more excuses for any cataloger wishing to delve into coding. Code Year sends you an interactive lesson per week. You can work along with many other librarians via the twitter hashtags #catcode and #libcodeyear. There’s also a PBwiki for further collaboration. I’m betting that the #catcode community carries on once the year is done – there’s much for us to do with the continuing evolution of catalogs, new metadata workflows with repositories, etc. I’ve blogged before about the blurriness in defining role boundaries between metadata librarians and programmers. Knowing coding basics can only help us improve our relationships with programmers. And, it’s going to lead to better services. We’ll be better able to articulate what we’d like our programmers to do when we’re developing stuff.
Exciting times! I’m very stoked to see the response Shana has received. Over the years I’ve witnessed lots of catalogers who are refusing to adapt to the increasingly technical nature of our jobs (not at MPOW, fortunately.) It seems the tide is finally changing. I think the best thing we can do as a community is figure out projects to make use of our nascent coding skills. No, I don’t have any ideas yet. I’ll keep you posted on that.