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The SemanticWeb.com Spotlight on Library Innovation


Thank you for all the nominations we received for the first Semantic Web.com Spotlight on Innovation in Libraries.
We are pleased to announce that Kevin Ford, from the Network Development and MARC Standards Office at the Library of Congress, was selected for the Semantic Web.com Spotlight on Innovation for his work with the Bibliographic Framework Initiative (BIBFRAME) and his continuing work on the Library of Congress's Linked Data Service (loc.id). In addition to being an active contributor, Kevin is responsible for the BIBFRAME website; has devised tools to view MARC records and the resulting BIBFRAME resources side-by-side; authored the first transformation code for MARC data to BIBFRAME resources; and is project manager for The Library of Congress’ Linked Data Service. Kevin also writes and presents frequently to promote BIBFRAME, ID.LOC.GOV, and educate fellow librarians on the possibilities of linked data.
Without exception, each nominee represented great work and demonstrated the power of Linked Data in library systems, making it a difficult task for the committee, and sparking some interesting discussions about future such spotlight programs.

Congratulations, Kevin, and thanks to all the other great library linked data projects nominated!

TheSemanticWeb.com Spotlight on Library Innovation team

Know someone doing great work promoting or demonstrating the benefits of linked data for libraries? Nominate them for the first SemanticWeb.com Library Spotlight on Innovation!

Offered by SemanticWeb.com, supported by OCLC and LITA, the Spotlight will provide a selected individual with the chance to showcase his or her experiences at the Semantic Technology and Business Conference 2013, June 2–5, in San Francisco. The opportunity includes a short lightning talk in a prominent spot on the conference program, paid travel and lodging costs to get to the conference, plus a full conference pass.

The SemanticWeb.com Spotlight on Library Innovation recognizes innovative work in the library domain using and/or promoting Semantic Web techniques and technologies prior to March 31, 2013. It also seeks to promote the association between the Library and Semantic Web communities.

Nominations for the Spotlight are being accepted through May 10.

The Semantic Technology and Business Conference (SemTechBiz) brings together today’s industry thought leaders and practitioners to explore the challenges and opportunities that jointly impact both business leaders and technologists. Conference sessions will include technical talks and case studies that highlight semantic technology applications in action. The program includes rich tutorials and over 130 sessions, keynotes, panels and demonstrations as well as a hackathon, start-up competition, exhibit floor and networking opportunities.

Nominations are open to anyone and can be as short as you like but no more than 250 words in length, should describe project work, and/or influential activities that promote or demonstrate the benefits of linked data in the library domain. Significant practical work should have been accomplished prior to March 31, 2013—but it is OK if a project is still ongoing. Self-nominations will be cheerfully accepted.

Even if you do not nominate anyone, the Semantic Technology and Business Conference is well worth experiencing. OCLC and LITA members receive a 50 percent discount on gold conference passes—use discount code "OCLC" or "LITA" when registering.

Past OCLC Innovation Symposia

Innovation in Libraries

October 7-8, 2012

This event, held after the LITA Forum in Columbus, Ohio, USA, was kicked off by noted author Phil Simon, who discussed the concept of platforms and why they're important to libraries. Then two days of sessions and lightning talks provided an overview of the small-scale innovations happening in libraries today and set the stage for attendees to begin thinking more broadly about their own library's innovation efforts as well of those of the library community.

Made in a Library

May 15, 2012 (Co-sponsored by Library Journal)

What happens when you take a place that has traditionally been about learning and transform it into a place of doing and making? Find out, when we look at how librarians, teachers, students, faculty and communities are turning their focus to creation–whether providing digital tools for game makers, programmers, musicians and authors, or makerspaces for 3-D printing and other "real-life" projects.

The Great Library Roadshow

March 11-14, 2012 (Co-sponsored by Library Journal)

Logo: Great Library RoadshowThree librarians, four wheels on the road and one driving mission: Seek out library innovation and report back. Our Roadshow travelers Josh, Lisa and PC traveled from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Philadelphia, visiting libraries to interview users and talk to the developers executing on inspiration. They documented their search for creative apps and services with the Twitter hashtag #libshow. The roadshow culminated at the 2012 Public Library Association Conference.

Play, Learn, Innovate

June 7, 2011 (Co-sponsored by Library Journal)

Is there a fundamental disconnect between how we use imagination, planning and goal setting in our leisure time and how we get things accomplished at work? New ways in which play overlaps with learning, media, social interaction, work and creativity provide clues about how "fun" may be the most efficient way to get something serious accomplished.

The Ethics of Innovation: Navigating Privacy, Policy and Service Issues

November 17, 2010 (Co-sponsored by Library Journal)

A discussion of ethics has been part of the professional landscape since 1903 when Mary Plummer, ALA President, presented the first code of ethics for librarians. Since then, the information services landscape has only become more challenging and complex. In our second OCLC and Library Journal "Virtual Symposium" we discussed the ways in which ethical considerations affect innovation, privacy issues and how libraries deliver services.

The Future is Mobile. Is Your Library Ready?

May 20, 2010 (Co-sponsored by Library Journal)

The futures of information services and mobile technology are tightly intertwined. That’s why OCLC and Library Journal have come together to present a free online symposium on the future of mobile. View the recording of our panel of mobile industry experts and librarians to find out how upcoming mobile trends will impact your library, your users and our culture.