Information organization in libraries, archives and museums: Converging practices and collaboration opportunities

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<ul><li><p>Information Organization in Libraries, Archives and Museums: Converging Practices and Collaboration </p><p>Opportunities </p><p>Authors </p><p>Ingrid Hsieh-Yee </p><p>School of Library and Information Science, Catholic University of America </p><p>620 Michigan Ave., NE, Washington, DC 20064 </p><p>Email: hsiehyee@cua.edu </p><p>Elaine Mnard </p><p>McGill University, School of Information Studies </p><p>3459 McTavish, MS72C Montral, Qubec H3A 1Y1 </p><p>Email: elaine.menard@mcgill.ca </p><p>Shu-Jiun (Sophy) Chen </p><p>Taiwan e-Learning and Digital Archives Program, Academia Sinica </p><p>No 128, Academia Road, Section 2, Nankang, Taipei 11529, Taiwan </p><p>Email: sophy@sinica.edu.tw </p><p>Ya-Ning (Arthur) Chen </p><p>library service of Computing Centre, Academia Sinica </p><p>No 128, Academia Road, Section 2, Nankang, Taipei 11529, Taiwan </p><p>Email: arthur@sinica.edu.tw </p><p>Martin Kalfatovic </p><p>Smithsonian </p><p>Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Washington, D.C. 20560 </p><p>Email: kalfatovicm@si.edu </p><p>Kathy Wisser </p><p>School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill </p><p>University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3360 </p></li><li><p>Email: kwisser@unc.edu </p><p>Jeonghyun Kim </p><p>School of Library and Information Management, Emporia State University </p><p>Emporia State University, Emporia, KS 66801 </p><p>Email: jkim5@emporia.edu </p><p>As cultural institutions libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs) share the mission to organize </p><p>information objects, artifacts, and data for user access and enlightenment. While (LAMs) may </p><p>follow different metadata standards and procedures to manage their collections and each </p><p>type of institution has unique information organization and service concerns, digital </p><p>technologies have enabled them to create, organize, preserve, and provide access to digital </p><p>collections for global audience. Increasingly LAMs are converging in their information </p><p>organization and management effort (LAM entries in Hangingtogether.org; Zorich, Waibel &amp; </p><p>Erway 2008), and the cultural silos created by libraries, archives, and museums are being </p><p>integrated or rendered transparent for users (Calhoun 2006; Christenson and Tennant 2005; </p><p>Uzwyshyn 2007). The proposed panel is designed to examine the convergence of information </p><p>organization practices of libraries, archives, and museums; explore collaboration </p><p>opportunities; and discuss the implications of LAM information organization practices for </p><p>educating information professionals for these cultural heritage institutions. </p><p>The panel consists of five speakers who will cover (1) the use of a faceted classification to </p><p>organize museum artifacts and support website development; (2) metadata design and </p><p>applications for organizing and preserving information objects for several types of cultural </p><p>institutions; (3) the development of the Biodiversity Heritage Library and the involvement of </p><p>libraries and non-library specialists in this effort; (4) analysis of descriptive standards used by </p><p>cultural organizations and areas where libraries, archives, and museums can collaborate; and </p><p>(5) collaboration among cultural institutions, especially in the technology area. </p><p>Panel description </p><p>As cultural institutions libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs) share the mission to organize </p><p>information objects, artifacts, and data for user access and enlightenment. While (LAMs) may </p><p>follow different metadata standards and procedures to manage their collections and each </p><p>type of institution has unique information organization and service concerns, digital </p><p>technologies have enabled them to create, organize, preserve, and provide access to digital </p><p>collections for global audience. Increasingly LAMs are converging in their information </p></li><li><p>organization and management effort (LAM entries in Hangingtogether.org; Zorich, Waibel &amp; </p><p>Erway 2008), and the cultural silos created by libraries, archives, and museums are being </p><p>integrated or rendered transparent for users (Calhoun 2006; Christenson and Tennant 2005; </p><p>Uzwyshyn 2007). The purposes of the proposed panel are to examine the convergence of </p><p>information organization practices of libraries, archives, and museums; explore collaboration </p><p>opportunities; and discuss the implications of LAM information organization practices for </p><p>educating future information professionals for these cultural heritage institutions. </p><p>The panel consists of five speakers who collectively have experience in libraries, archives, </p><p>museums, and library and information science education. The panelists will share their </p><p>research and project experience and present their perspectives on how to prepare information </p><p>professionals to organize and manage cultural heritage materials at LAMs. The presentation </p><p>titles and brief descriptions are </p><p>Faceted Classification for Museum Artefacts: A Methodology to Support Web Site </p><p>Development of Large Cultural Organizations by Elaine Mnard, Sabine Mas, Inge Alberts. </p><p>Menard will present a research project that develops a taxonomy to provide a visual </p><p>representation for a digital collection, Artefacts Canada Humanities, and facilitate browsing of </p><p>the collection. </p><p>Designing Metadata for Cultural Institutions: The Taiwan e-Learning and Digital Archives </p><p>Program by Arthur Ya-Ning Chen and Sophy Shu-Jiun Chen. Sophy Chen will focus on the </p><p>principles of metadata design and application among various memory institutions in the </p><p>context of TELDAP (Taiwan e-Learning and Digital Archives Program) that coordinates content </p><p>digitization and preservation at leading libraries, museums, archives, research institutes, and </p><p>other content holders in Taiwan. </p><p>Global Library of Life: The Biodiversity Heritage Library by Martin R. Kalfatovic. Kalfatovic will </p><p>describe the development of the Biodiversity Heritage Library, a consortium of natural history </p><p>and botanical garden libraries and discuss collaborative efforts with libraries and non-libraries </p><p>organizations at the international level. </p><p>Organizing Cultural Objects for Libraries, Archives, and Museums: Areas for Collaboration by </p><p>Kathy M. Wisser. Wisser will present a content analysis of descriptive standards used by </p><p>libraries, archives, and museums to identify areas where collaboration of the three types of </p><p>cultural heritage institutions will be fruitful. </p><p>Cultivating Interdisciplinary Dialogue among Libraries, Archives, and Museums by Jeonghyun </p></li><li><p>Kim. Kim will report on how library and information science curricula incorporate innovations </p><p>in information technology to enhance organization and access to cultural heritage materials. </p><p>She will also discuss how technological innovations provide opportunities for libraries, </p><p>archives, and museums to collaborate and integrate access to their collections and services. </p><p>Each panelist will present for 15 minutes, and the presentations will be followed by a panel </p><p>discussion with the audience. Announcements of the panel will be made to various listservs of </p><p>libraries, archives, and museums to encourage attendance from the three communities. To </p><p>promote exchange of ideas, a birds-of-a-feather dinner will be organized for people interested </p><p>in LAMs to continue the discussion after the session. </p><p>Panel organr and moderator </p><p>Ingrid Hsieh-Yee, Ph.D.ize Professor School of Library and Information Science Catholic </p><p>University of America </p><p>Panelists </p><p>Elaine Mnard, Ph. D. </p><p>Assistant Professor </p><p>McGill University </p><p>School of Information Studies </p><p>Sophy Shu-Jiun Chen </p><p>Program Manager </p><p>Taiwan e-Learning and Digital Archives Program </p><p>Academia Sinica </p><p>Arthur Ya-Ning Chen </p><p>Project Leader </p><p>library service of Computing Centre </p><p>Academia Sinica </p><p>Martin R. Kalfatovic </p><p>Assistant Director, Digital Services Division &amp; </p><p>Biodiversity Heritage Library Coordinator </p><p>Smithsonian </p></li><li><p>Kathy M. Wisser </p><p>Director of Instructional Services </p><p>School of Information and Library Science </p><p>University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill </p><p>Jeonghyun Kim, Ph. D. </p><p>Assistant Professor </p><p>School of Library and Information Management </p><p>Emporia State University </p><p>Acknowledgements </p><p>Sponsor: SIG ED </p><p>References </p><p>Calhoun, Karen. The Changing Nature of the Catalog and Its Integration with Other Discovery </p><p>Tools. 2006. http://www.lcweb.loc.gov/catdir/calhoun-report-final.pdf (accessed Jan. 27, </p><p>2009). </p><p>Christenson, Heather and Roy Tennant. Integrating Information Resources: Principles, </p><p>Technologies, and Approaches. 2005. </p><p>http://www.libraries.vic.gov.au/downloads/Federated_Search_Portal_Project/nsdl_integrating_library_resources.pdf (accessed Jan. 27, 2009). </p><p>Hangingtogether.com. Archive for the Libraries, Archives, and Museums category. </p><p>http://hangingtogether.org/?cat=5 (accessed Jan. 27, 2009). </p><p>Uzwyshyn, Ray. New Information Discovery Tools Environmental Scan: Executive Summary </p><p>and Web Addresses. 2007. </p><p>http://uwf.edu/ruzwyshyn/20072008PDF/NewInformationDiscoveryTools.pdf (accessed Jan. </p><p>27, 2009). </p><p>Zorich, Diane M., Gunter Waibel and Ricky Erway. Beyond the Silos of the LAMs: Collaboration </p><p>Among Libraries, Archives and Museums. 2008. Dublin, Ohio: OCLC Programs &amp; Research. </p><p>http://www.oclc.org/programs/reports/2008-05.pdf (accessed Jan. 27, 2009). </p></li></ul>

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