DEC 8

Works in Progress Webinar: Using ontologies to describe artists’ books and other amorphous genres

Join this webinar to learn about an ontological tool to use in crafting acquisition policies for artists’ books and other ill-defined collection areas.

Presenters

Sonia Yaco, Associate Director, Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries

Description

Artists’ books stand at the crossroads of sculpture and the book form—they straddle the museum, library, and archival worlds. Ranging from wordless, book-like objects to handmade codices, artists’ books are notoriously difficult to define. Cultural heritage professionals who attempt to create a policy for acquiring them are often stymied by the amorphous nature of the genre.

In this webinar Sonia Yaco, Associate Director of Special Collections and University Archives at Rutgers, will introduce an ontology she developed as a visual tool to describe imprecise genres such as artists’ books. She deconstructed collection characteristics, nomenclature, and collecting criteria to create the ontology. Yaco uses the ontology to succinctly chart the universe of artists’ books collecting practices, and it could be used in collection development documentation and analysis. She will also discuss examples of how other ontologies could be created to describe unstructured or broadly defined collecting areas, such as the history of medicine, Eastern European studies, or protest literature.

This webinar will be of interest to librarians and archivists engaged in collection development work that spans a range of genres.

Works in Progress: An OCLC Research Occasional Webinar Series

Live webinar sessions are exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners, but the recordings are publicly available to all.

Works in Progress: An OCLC Research Occasional Webinar Series to talk about work happening in OCLC Research – we'd like to present our work informally and get feedback from you, our Partners. We'd also like this to be a venue for Partner institutions. What are you working on that everyone should know about? What input would help you move forward? Let us know!

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Date

08 December 2020

Time

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Eastern Standard Time, North America [UTC -5]

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Venue

Online via WebEx

Live webinar sessions are exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners, but the recordings are publicly available to all.