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Linked data is essential for sharing library collections on the open web, especially the digital cultural heritage in the collections of libraries, archives, and museums. In this book, the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) gathers a stellar list of contributors to help readers understand linked data concepts by examining practice and projects based in familiar concepts like authority control. Topped by an insider's perspective on OCLC's experiments with and the Library of Congress's BIBFRAME project, the book addresses such topics as:

  • a simplified description of linked data, summing up its promises and challenges;
  • controlled vocabularies for the web;
  • broadening use of library-curated vocabularies;
  • how the complexity of AV models reveals the limitations of retrospective conversion;
  • BIBFRAME's triplestore data model;
  • ways libraries are helping science researchers share their data, with descriptions of projects underway at major institutions;
  • balancing the nuance within an element set with the sameness needed for sharing; and
  • the influence of projects such as Europeana and Digital Public Library of America.

This survey of the cultural heritage landscape will be a key resource for catalogers and those in the metadata community.

Introduction, by Ed Jones

Chapter 1    Linked Open Data and the Cultural Heritage Landscape
by Hilary K. Thorsen and M. Christina Pattuelli
Chapter 2    Making MARC Agnostic: Transforming the English Short Title Catalogue for the Linked Data Universe
by Carl Stahmer
Chapter 3    Authority Control for the Web: Integrating Library Practice with Linked Data
by Allison Jai O'Dell
Chapter 4    Linked Data Implications for Authority Control and Vocabularies: An STM Perspective
by Iker Huerga and Michael P. Lauruhn
Chapter 5    A Division of Labor: The Role of in a Semantic Web Model of Library Resources
by Carol Jean Godby
Chapter 6    BIBFRAME and Linked Data for Libraries
by Sally McCallum

About the Contributors

Ed Jones

Ed Jones has been cataloging serials, on and off, since 1976, and over the years has authored several scholarly papers and made numerous presentations on serials cataloging, the FRBR and FRAD conceptual models, and RDA. He has been a member of the CONSER Operations Committee, on and off, since 1981, and recently served as an RDA advisor. In 1995, he received his doctorate in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently associate director for assessment and technical services at National University in San Diego.

Michele Seikel

Michele Seikel is a tenured professor on the library faculty at Oklahoma State University. She has held positions at Norman Public Library, the University of Oklahoma, and Stanford University, and served as a professional librarian at Oklahoma Panhandle State University and at Oklahoma State University. Her primary professional focus is in cataloging, and she has published several research papers in technical services journals. In the ALA, she has cochaired the Cataloging Norms Interest Group and the Cataloging and Metadata Management Section's Policy and Planning Committee. Currently, she chairs the ALCTS Planning Committee, and is a member of the editorial board of the journal Library Resources and Technical Services.


The former Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), the Library Information Technology Association (LITA), and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) are now Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, a new division of ALA. Its mission is to cultivate and amplify the collective expertise of library workers in core functions through community building, advocacy, and learning.

”A valuable collection of writings on linked data. Recommended for readers interested in LIS and the history and methods of disseminating information in virtual environments."
— Library Journal

”Provides a balanced overview of this global and rapidly evolving project."

”Serves both as a very useful first introduction to linked data and as a selective overview of how it is currently being applied in pioneering projects within the library world."
— Catholic Library World