The June 2022 session in this semi-annual virtual event series offered updates on current topics of interest and ample opportunity for interaction with cataloging community speakers and OCLC staff. We started by discussing the essential work happening to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in library metadata. Next, we provided updates on OCLC cataloging tools, including linked data services, and covered some new and ongoing WorldCat quality enhancement initiatives.
The cataloging co-chairs of the SACO African American Funnel Group within the African American Studies Librarians Interest Group (AASLIG) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) will speak about a project concentrating on the creation of new subject headings and the changing or updating of old subject headings relating to the African American experience.
Staci Ross, Cataloging/Metadata Librarian at University of Pittsburgh
Michelle Cronquist, Special Collections Cataloger at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
A co-author of Reimagine Descriptive Workflows: A Community-informed Agenda for Reparative and Inclusive Descriptive Practice will speak about this project to convene a group of experts, practitioners, and community members to determine ways of improving descriptive practices, tools, infrastructure, and workflows in libraries and archives.
Merrilee Proffitt, Senior Manager, OCLC Research Library Partnership at OCLC
A coordinator for Florida's Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Service Hub will speak about the benefits and challenges of training library staff on inclusive description best practices.
Keila Zayas Ruiz, Sunshine State Digital Network Coordinator at Florida State University
Updates from the OCLC Metadata Services Team about new and ongoing initiatives, including Connexion, Collection Manager, WorldCat.org, linked data, and more
Denise Sandell, Electronic Resources & Collections Librarian at Wilson College
Updates from the OCLC Metadata Quality Team about new and ongoing initiatives, including FAST, BFAS, encoding level transition, retrospective heading enrichment, and more