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Linked Data for Cultural Heritage (An ALCTS Monograph)
Ed Jones and Michele Seikel, editors
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1439-7
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $75.00
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152 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1439-7
Year Published: 2016
AP Categories: A, I, TS

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Linked data is essential for sharing library collections on the open web, especially the digital cultural heritage in the collections of libraries, archives, and museums. In this book, the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) gathers a stellar list of contributors to help readers understand linked data concepts by examining practice and projects based in familiar concepts like authority control. Topped by an insider’s perspective on OCLC’s experiments with and the Library of Congress’s BIBFRAME project, the book addresses such topics as:
  • a simplified description of linked data, summing up its promises and challenges;
  • controlled vocabularies for the web;
  • broadening use of library-curated vocabularies;
  • how the complexity of AV models reveals the limitations of retrospective conversion;
  • BIBFRAME’s triplestore data model;
  • ways libraries are helping science researchers share their data, with descriptions of projects underway at major institutions;
  • balancing the nuance within an element set with the sameness needed for sharing; and
  • the influence of projects such as Europeana and Digital Public Library of America.
This survey of the cultural heritage landscape will be a key resource for catalogers and those in the metadata community.
Table of Contents

Introduction, by Ed Jones

Chapter 1    Linked Open Data and the Cultural Heritage Landscape
by Hilary K. Thorsen and M. Christina Pattuelli
Chapter 2    Making MARC Agnostic: Transforming the English Short Title Catalogue for the Linked Data Universe
by Carl Stahmer
Chapter 3    Authority Control for the Web: Integrating Library Practice with Linked Data
by Allison Jai O’Dell
Chapter 4    Linked Data Implications for Authority Control and Vocabularies: An STM Perspective
by Iker Huerga and Michael P. Lauruhn
Chapter 5    A Division of Labor: The Role of in a Semantic Web Model of Library Resources
by Carol Jean Godby
Chapter 6    BIBFRAME and Linked Data for Libraries
by Sally McCallum

About the Contributors
About the Editors

Ed Jones
is associate director for library assessment and technical services at National University in San Diego. He is the author of RDA and Serials Cataloging (2013) and various journal articles, book chapters, and technical reports. He has spoken on library linked data at professional conferences and deals with it as a member of the Standing Committee on Standards of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging.

Michele Seikel is a tenured professor on the library faculty at Oklahoma State University. She has held positions at Norman Public Library, the University of Oklahoma, and Stanford University, and served as a professional librarian at Oklahoma Panhandle State University and at Oklahoma State University. Her primary professional focus is in cataloging, and she has published several research papers in technical services journals. In the ALA, she has cochaired the Cataloging Norms Interest Group and the Cataloging and Metadata Management Section’s Policy and Planning Committee. Currently, she chairs the ALCTS Planning Committee, and is a member of the editorial board of the journal Library Resources and Technical Services.

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has been a division of the American Library Association since 1957, when the Resources and Technical Services Division (RTSD) was formed from the merger of several ALA units with common interests. In 1989, the membership of RTSD voted to change the name of the division to ALCTS. Its mission is to shape and respond nimbly to all matters related to the selection, identification, acquisition, organization, management, retrieval, and preservation of recorded knowledge through education, publication, and collaboration.

”A valuable collection of writings on linked data. Recommended for readers interested in LIS and the history and methods of disseminating information in virtual environments."
— Library Journal

”Provides a balanced overview of this global and rapidly evolving project."

”Serves both as a very useful first introduction to linked data and as a selective overview of how it is currently being applied in pioneering projects within the library world."
— Catholic Library World

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