Semantics in the Library

Karen Coyle, a librarian and consultant in the field of digital libraries recently won the Outstanding Publication Award from the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS). Coyle’s winning paper is entitled “Understanding the Semantic Web: Bibliographic Data and Metadata.”

Coyle’s paper is “an insightful articulation about how library catalogs must transition to become part of the current information environment... In this thought-provoking and transformative publication, Coyle breaks new ground while still offering practical guidelines about how to achieve the goals set out for libraries to move the catalog into the Semantic Web and transform the role of library metadata in today’s Web driven world.”

The ALCTS is a national association for “information providers who work in collections and technical services, such as acquisitions, cataloging, collection development, preservation, and continuing resources.” To learn more about semantic technology in libraries, consider attending The State of Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives and Museums at SemTech 2011 this June.

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