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The Future of Cataloguing: a CILIP Cataloguing & Indexing Group workshop

When: 19/11/2019
Where: Charter East, CILIP HQ
7 Ridgmount Street
London WC1E 7AE
United Kingdom
Contact: Jane Daniels

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The Future of Cataloguing: a CILIP Cataloguing & Indexing Group workshop

Tuesday 19th November 2019, 10:30-16:15

In July CIG polled its membership to seek permission to change the Group's name to the Metadata and Discovery Group. This was overwhelmingly endorsed and has been approved by CILIP. Now we want to gather your experiences and opinions to inform the next stage of our evolution as your voice in the Information Profession.

Building on the event originally designed and run by CIG Scotland (Edinburgh 7th June) and adapted and re-run by the Mercian Metadata Group (Aston 20th August) we want to offer you the opportunity to meet, discuss and inform the future of cataloguing (and metadata!) in the UK at a London venue.

The feedback from all 3 events will be used to help us plan how we support you now and in the future.

The event will be run using the World Café method “designed to create a safe, welcoming environment in which to intentionally connect multiple ideas and perspectives on a topic by engaging participants in several rounds of small-group conversation”. We will run four tables each with a broad topic on the future of metadata and cataloguing. Each participant will have a chance to discuss each topic over the course of the day.


10:30 -11:00 Registration & refreshments. Please report to the reception desk at CILIP HQ.
11:00-11:15 Welcome and outline of the day - Will Peaden (Aston University)
11:15 -11:45 Scene setting and the British Library’s Metadata Strategy (2019-23) Alan Danskin (British Library)
11:45-16:15 Table discussions (with breaks and lunch)
11:45–12:20 - Session 1
12:20–12:30 - Comfort break/move to next session
12:30–13:05 - Session 2
13:05–13:55 - Lunch
13:55–14:30 - Session 3
14:30–14:40 - Comfort break/move to next session
14:40–15:15 - Session 4
15:15–15:25 – Comfort break
15:25 – 16:10 – Summary of key points from each topic given by facilitators, followed by an open floor discussion
16:15 - Finish

Table discussions

Each table session will last around 30 minutes; delegates are encouraged to participate in all four discussions.

Numbers per table will depend on the number of attendees but we envisage that there will be 4-5 participants per table.

There are four broad areas proposed for discussion:

  1. The future of authority control, identifiers, linked data, subject analysis and controlled vocabularies (LCSH, FAST, TGN, etc.) – Facilitated by William Peaden
  2. The future of content standards (& datamodels) (RDA, ISBD, DCRM, etc.) & encoding models/formats (Marc, Bibframe, etc.) – Facilitated by Alan Danskin
  3. The future of cataloguing practice: what will the cataloguer or metadata manager of the future look like? – Facilitated by Helen Williams (London School of Economics)
  4. The future LMS/catalogue: will they exist? What form will they take? And what about the future of data (sources, suppliers)? – Facilitated Fran Abbs (University of Sheffield)

Topics suggested at the recent CIG Scotland and Mercian events were:

  • How can we realise the potential of connecting information through linked data when different organisations are implementing it with different standards and approaches?
  • Is subject analysis still a worthwhile exercise?
  • How important is it for cataloguers to understand the data models underpinning the content standards?
  • Is MARC really a dead man walking? Does it really need to die?
  • What are the most significant problems you face concerning your catalogue? Are they related to metadata quality, speed of delivery, accuracy of content coverage?
  • What are the biggest barriers to efficient, cost-effective metadata production in your institution?


CILIP members: £50 + VAT
Non-members: £60 + VAT

Please note our cancellation policy: once your place is confirmed, we are unable to arrange refunds if you are subsequently unable to attend the event. Should this circumstance arise we are happy for someone else to attend in your place, but please notify us in advance if at all possible.

A report [PDF, 621.36 KB] of the original event which took place in Edinburgh has been published in the latest issue of Catalogue & Index, Issue 196, September 2019.

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