Authorities: Clean Up & Remediation
In this session, we will discuss authorities clean-up and remediation to ensure that our records have the best and most accurate metadata! We'll talk about how to verify authority information when cataloging and what to do when you find conflicts (or nothing). We'll also talk about tools to do metadata cleanup from OpenRefine and MARCEdit to options in outsourcing. We'll also talk about how OCLC can "help" with data cleanup as well as importance (& challenges of) controlling subject headings. Established catalogers to those just getting started will find some useful and insightful takeaways for dealing with this oh-so-important work.
Suggested prerequisite: Basic familiarity with RDA terminology and/or basic principles of authority work will be useful. See: Any RDA and/or Authority related content including June 2019 in the SEFLIN Library.
Resources and exercises for post-class work will be provided.
Audience: Cataloging, Technical Services, Digital Library, Institutional Repository, Systems, staff, as well as any library staff interested in authority data.
Presented by: Robin Fay
Robin Fay is the Head of Database Maintenance, University of Georgia Libraries. Prior to her appointment in 2001 she was the Technical Services Librarian at Oxford/Emory University. Throughout much of her career, she has freelanced web design and metadata work. As an early adopter of technology, she has been involved in many software and web development projects in the incubation stage.
Her research interests are library and community sourced metadata (RDA, DC, RDF/XML and other semantic web schemas) for materials including digital objects, linked data and the intersection of the semantic and social webs. Robin is a prolific content creator (georgiawebgurl on most social media websites); her book Semantic Web Technologies and Social Search for Librarians was published in 2012 (Neal Schuman/ALA TechSource). Robin is a sought after instructor and presenter with 12 years experience in teaching and training. She holds a MLIS (University of South Carolina) and a B.A. in English (University of Georgia).