ALCTS Preconference Sessions at ALA 2016

Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum (IACRL)

May 6, 2016

(via ALCTS)

Join your colleagues for exciting preconferences from ALCTS! Register today, and add an ALCTS preconference event to your conference scheduler. These preconference topics not for you? Forward to your colleagues who could benefit from these preconference programs.

We Can Do It, You Can Too! Metadata Automation for Everyone

Tuesday, June 7 – Wednesday, June 8

Kick off this year’s Annual Conference with this two-day virtual preconference from ALCTS. Consisting of two 90-minute sessions, this symposium will feature presentations on workflows and automation tools to aid in metadata transformation, repurposing formats like EAD or MARC, reconciliation through Open Refine, or clean-up of legacy data.

As the pressure mounts to “digitize all the things!,” the need to upload new digital material quickly, efficiently, and accurately while maintaining established standards for discovery and interoperability becomes essential. Methods for meeting these expectations include leveraging existing archival data, batch processing, vocabulary reconciliation, and other techniques.

Can’t make it to Orlando? You can still enjoy informative programming from ALCTS with this virtual preconference. Register today.

The Quest for Reproducible Science: Issues in Research Transparency and Integrity

Friday, June 24, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM | event code: ALC3

The credibility of scientific findings is under attack. While this crisis has several causes, none is more common or correctable than the inability to replicate experimental and computational research. This preconference will feature scholars, librarians, and technologists who are attacking this problem through tools and techniques to manage data, enable research transparency, and promote reproducible science. Attendees will learn strategies for fostering and supporting transparent research practices at their institutions.

Upon completion, attendees will

  • have the tools and techniques that can be immediately employed at their institutions to foster and support a culture of transparent research practices;
  • know how to develop a research project on an open platform to manage data and other digital objects throughout the research lifecycle; and
  • have access to techniques for organizing empirical research projects in such a way that they can be easily and exactly reproduced.

If you’re a digital initiative librarian, data curator, scholarly communications librarian, metadata librarian, repository manager, library liaison, instructor in the social sciences, or teach or advise students on empirical research methods then this preconference is for you! Register today.

Metadata Madness!!: An Unconference On Anything You Want To Learn

Friday, June 24, 8:00 AM –4:00 PM  |  event code: ALC2

Metadata Madness is an “unconference,” where session topics are proposed at the beginning of the conference and voted on by participants. Anyone attending can propose a session related to metadata, such as tools, schemas, controlled vocabularies, ethics, or anything you can think of! You can volunteer to lead a session or participate. You will also learn how to plan your own unconference and receive digital copies of the Unconference Proceedings to continue the discussion at your institution. Metadata Madness is informative and hands-on, emphasizing equality, learning, and fun!

During this preconference event, participants will

  • learn about metadata topics they choose and that are important to them;
  • curate the content of the unconference and even get the opportunity to lead sessions; and
  • meet and make networks with other metadata professionals.

Metadata practitioners, tech services librarians, archivists, digital services librarians, students, and anyone interested in metadata should not miss this innovative preconference. Register today.

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