Tearing down LAM silos at ALA

July 1st, 2009 by Jennifer

I’m exhilarated by the planning calls for our ALA session in Chicago called Libraries, Archives and Museums – Converging for Real (Sunday 12 July, 1:30-3:00 pm, McCormick Place West W-190b). Meg Bellinger (Yale), Cathryn Goodwin (Princeton) and John Scally (Edinburgh) are sanguine about real convergence from their unique positions in their diverse situations. Each of their institutions strives to present a holistic view of all collections regardless of where they are housed or how they are managed. Come learn about what has worked and what has not.

Obviously many things have changed since the LAM workshops, which inspired the series of panels – at ALA, SAA and AAM – of which this is the second.¬† John speaks of the Silos of the LAMs [pdf] report as a chance to reflect on priorities at Edinburgh, where “University Collections” have meant LAM collections for over 6 years. Meg is pondering influences of prototypes as part of a larger developing context at Yale. Cathryn is evaluating changes and projects that were unanticipated, but that accomplish the aims of Princeton’s wish list.

We’re not talking about levels of metadata, folks. This conversation is much better than that.

Presenters include:
Meg Bellinger, Director of the Office of Digital Assets and Infrastructure, Yale University
John Scally, Director of University Collections, University of Edinburgh
Cathryn Goodwin, Manager, Collection Information and Access, Princeton University Art Museum

There are links to the entire suite of LAM panels here, and to all the RLG/OCLC Research sessions at ALA here. The Committee on Archives, Libraries and Museums (CALM) has endorsed this series at AAM, ALA and SAA.

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