Cataloging Research Blitz at ALA Annual Conference

June 21, 2011

For those attending the American Library Association (ALA) Conference, please come to play the Blitz! @ the Cataloging & Classification Research Interest Group on Sunday, June 26th from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The Blitz will be part of the Annual Conference in New Orleans, and will be held at the Sheraton Napoleon A1.  School of Information and Library Science participants include Dr. Jane Greenberg, professor and director of the SILS Metadata Research Center; SILS alumna, Joyce Chapman; and SILS students Shay Beezley, Lauren Kage and Jessica Mlotkowski ( 

Blitzing 101: Engage, Evangelize, and Eventuate Sharing Cataloging Research and Development.

Summary: The ALA Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Board unanimously voted 2010 the Year of Cataloging Research.  The news enlivened a number of ALA committees and forums.  As part of the year-of-celebration the Metadata Research Center at the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), and the UNC Libraries co-sponsored a series of ‘Blitz Events' allowing library school students and professional staff to share research. The blitz events drew participants from across the research triangle park area, and highlighted the importance of sharing and discussing research.

This presentation will introduce the practice of blitzing and allow participants to experience a blitz first-hand, giving insight into how they may evangelize and eventuate blitzing in their own institutions.  Professor Jane Greenberg will provide an overview of UNC's blitzing experience, and highlight desired outcomes. SILS students, UNC-CH professional library staff, and SILS' alumnus will blitz and share their research (see blitz list below), followed by an open discussion of the research presented.

Blitz Agenda

1. Jane Greenberg, professor and director, Metadata Research Center, School of Information and Library Science, UNC-CH

Topic:  Let’s blitz

2. Shay Beezley , SILS master's student

Topic:  Evaluating BISAC-based Headings:  What do Users and Librarians Think?

3. Renee McBride, Head, Special Formats & Metadata Section Resource Description & Management Dept., UNC-CH

Topic:  CONTENTdm Authority Control Project: UNC-Chapel Hill University Libraries

4. Lauren Kage, SILS master's student

Topic:  Faceted Application of Subject Terminology:  An Evaluation of Innovation by Aspiring Library Professionals

5. Jessica Mlotkowski, SILS master's student

Topic:  Race as Access: Designation of Race through User-Assigned Tags for Digitized Archival Images

6. Lee Richardson, Cataloging and Metadata Coordinator, Health Sciences Libraries, UNC-CH

Topic:  NC Health Info Cataloging

7. Joyce Chapman, Libraries Fellow, North Carolina State University, (SILS’ 2009)

Topic:  Evaluating the Effectiveness of Manual Metadata Enhancements with A/B Testing and Google Analytics.

We hope you'll be able to join in on the fun in New Orleans this Sunday!