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

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Abstract

As cultural institutions libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs) share the mission to organize information objects, artifacts, and data for user access and enlightenment. While (LAMs) may follow different metadata standards and procedures to manage their collections and each type of institution has unique information organization and service concerns, digital technologies have enabled them to create, organize, preserve, and provide access to digital collections for global audience. Increasingly LAMs are converging in their information organization and management effort (LAM entries in Hangingtogether.org; Zorich, Waibel & Erway 2008), and the cultural silos created by libraries, archives, and museums are being integrated or rendered transparent for users (Calhoun 2006; Christenson and Tennant 2005; Uzwyshyn 2007). The proposed panel is designed to examine the convergence of information organization practices of libraries, archives, and museums; explore collaboration opportunities; and discuss the implications of LAM information organization practices for educating information professionals for these cultural heritage institutions.

The panel consists of five speakers who will cover (1) the use of a faceted classification to organize museum artifacts and support website development; (2) metadata design and applications for organizing and preserving information objects for several types of cultural institutions; (3) the development of the Biodiversity Heritage Library and the involvement of libraries and non-library specialists in this effort; (4) analysis of descriptive standards used by cultural organizations and areas where libraries, archives, and museums can collaborate; and (5) collaboration among cultural institutions, especially in the technology area.

Panel description

As cultural institutions libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs) share the mission to organize information objects, artifacts, and data for user access and enlightenment. While (LAMs) may follow different metadata standards and procedures to manage their collections and each type of institution has unique information organization and service concerns, digital technologies have enabled them to create, organize, preserve, and provide access to digital collections for global audience. Increasingly LAMs are converging in their information organization and management effort (LAM entries in Hangingtogether.org; Zorich, Waibel & Erway 2008), and the cultural silos created by libraries, archives, and museums are being integrated or rendered transparent for users (Calhoun 2006; Christenson and Tennant 2005; Uzwyshyn 2007). The purposes of the proposed panel are to examine the convergence of information organization practices of libraries, archives, and museums; explore collaboration opportunities; and discuss the implications of LAM information organization practices for educating future information professionals for these cultural heritage institutions.

The panel consists of five speakers who collectively have experience in libraries, archives, museums, and library and information science education. The panelists will share their research and project experience and present their perspectives on how to prepare information professionals to organize and manage cultural heritage materials at LAMs. The presentation titles and brief descriptions are

Faceted Classification for Museum Artefacts: A Methodology to Support Web Site Development of Large Cultural Organizations by Elaine Ménard, Sabine Mas, Inge Alberts. Menard will present a research project that develops a taxonomy to provide a visual representation for a digital collection, Artefacts Canada Humanities, and facilitate browsing of the collection.

Designing Metadata for Cultural Institutions: The Taiwan e-Learning and Digital Archives Program by Arthur Ya-Ning Chen and Sophy Shu-Jiun Chen. Sophy Chen will focus on the principles of metadata design and application among various memory institutions in the context of TELDAP (Taiwan e-Learning and Digital Archives Program) that coordinates content digitization and preservation at leading libraries, museums, archives, research institutes, and other content holders in Taiwan.

Global Library of Life: The Biodiversity Heritage Library by Martin R. Kalfatovic. Kalfatovic will describe the development of the Biodiversity Heritage Library, a consortium of natural history and botanical garden libraries and discuss collaborative efforts with libraries and non-libraries organizations at the international level.

Organizing Cultural Objects for Libraries, Archives, and Museums: Areas for Collaboration by Kathy M. Wisser. Wisser will present a content analysis of descriptive standards used by libraries, archives, and museums to identify areas where collaboration of the three types of cultural heritage institutions will be fruitful.

Cultivating Interdisciplinary Dialogue among Libraries, Archives, and Museums by Jeonghyun Kim. Kim will report on how library and information science curricula incorporate innovations in information technology to enhance organization and access to cultural heritage materials. She will also discuss how technological innovations provide opportunities for libraries, archives, and museums to collaborate and integrate access to their collections and services.

Each panelist will present for 15 minutes, and the presentations will be followed by a panel discussion with the audience. Announcements of the panel will be made to various listservs of libraries, archives, and museums to encourage attendance from the three communities. To promote exchange of ideas, a birds-of-a-feather dinner will be organized for people interested in LAMs to continue the discussion after the session.

Panel organr and moderator

Ingrid Hsieh-Yee, Ph.D.ize, Professor School of Library and Information Science, Catholic University of America

Panelists

Elaine Ménard, Ph. D., Assistant Professor, McGill University, School of Information Studies

Sophy Shu-Jiun Chen, Program Manager, Taiwan e-Learning and Digital Archives Program, Academia Sinica

Arthur Ya-Ning Chen, Project Leader, library service of Computing Centre, Academia Sinica

Martin R. Kalfatovic, Assistant Director, Digital Services Division & Biodiversity Heritage Library Coordinator, Smithsonian

Kathy M. Wisser, Director of Instructional Services, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Jeonghyun Kim, Ph. D., Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Management, Emporia State University

Acknowledgements

Sponsor: SIG ED