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Please consider joining us for this week’s e-Forum!
Due to technical difficulties with our old listserv platform, the October e-Forum was cut short and rescheduled for December. To get the conversation started, the moderators posted a recap of the discussion held before the old list shut down.
Regarding Database Clean-up
December 8-9, 2020
Moderated by Julene Jones, Emily Williams and Susan Wynne
Please join us for an e-forum discussion. It’s free and open to everyone!
Each day, discussion begins and ends at:
Pacific: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Mountain: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Central: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Eastern: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Library metadata rarely remains static. We need to clean up data for many reasons: changing metadata schemes, practices, or purchasing vendors, system migrations, incorrect or missing data, physical moves of resources, “cataloging anomalies”, etc. In this e-Forum, participants will share tools, techniques, advice, and best practices for both batch and manual database cleanup projects of all types of data: bibliographic, acquisition, and patron data.
Julene Jones is the interim coordinator of library assessment at the University of Kentucky. Prior to this she was the Head of Database Integrity at the University of Kentucky where she was responsible for many things, but primarily for running reports, maintaining the consistency of the database, and authority control.
Emily Williams is the Cataloging & Metadata Librarian at Georgia State University. Her claim to fame is inadvertently avoiding GSU’s library consolidation while serving as Kennesaw State University’s Metadata and Resource Management Librarian. She returned to GSU after their ILS migration was complete. Her responsibilities are varied, and a main focus is wrangling the one-time ebook purchases and licensed streaming videos. Batch cataloging wouldn’t be in her vocabulary if it weren’t for Susan Wynne.
Susan Wynne is the Discovery & Metadata Librarian at the University of Wyoming. Previously, she was the Catalog Management Librarian (aka catalog wrangler) at the University of Iowa, and Cataloging & Metadata Librarian at Georgia State University. Her favorite database maintenance project is deleting records and her first approach to any problem, in work or life, is to make a spreadsheet.
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Nicole Lewis and Rebecca Uhl
Core e-Forum coordinators