General Session Speakers

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 9:00 am-10:00 am

Advocating for Technical Services: The Power of Assessment, Rebecca Mugridge, University at Albany

Discussions about the assessment of library services are all the rage at library conferences and in our libraries. Yet, the assessment of technical services activities is often limited to gathering and reporting statistics. While useful, processing statistics are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how we might conduct assessment within technical services. This presentation addresses a variety of qualitative assessment activities that can be useful in any technical services operation, large or small, and suggests ways in which assessment results can be used to advocate for technical services.

Rebecca L. Mugridge is Interim Dean of Libraries at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Prior to this she was Associate Director for Technical Services and Library Systems. Her research interests include assessment, process improvement, and library management, primarily but not exclusively in technical services and information technology. She has held positions at the Pennsylvania State University, Yale University, Robert Morris University, and the University of Pittsburgh.  Rebecca has a BA in history from Penn State, an MLS from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MBA from Robert Morris University.

Friday, May 27, 2016, 9:00 am-10:00 am

Library Linked Data: Where Things Stand, Carol Godby, OCLC

This presentation is an environmental scan of linked data projects in the library sector. Starting with a brief overview of linked data concepts and OCLC’s contributions, it constructs an interpretation by addressing several questions. Why is linked data a good fit for the description of library resources? Where has most of the effort been invested? What are the most tangible results? How has linked data affected academic, public, and special libraries? The answers to these questions are illustrated with projects mentioned in OCLC’s Library Linked Data Survey, conducted by Karen Smith-Yoshimura in 2015.

Carol Jean Godby is a Senior Research Scientist at OCLC, where she has been responsible for directing projects with a focus on semantic analysis that produce research outputs, improvements to national and international standards, and enhancements to OCLC’s products, services, and data architecture. Since 2010, she has been a member of a research and development team at OCLC whose charge is to design a next-generation data architecture based on the principles of linked data. She has written and spoken widely on the subject. Jean has a PhD in Linguistics from Ohio State University.