ALA Midwinter 2008 Day 1

2008 January 9
by Karen

I’m at Midwinter early this year because I’m attending the ALCTS preoconference on Metadata and Digital Library Development. The first day of the preconf was interesting. I liked many of the exercises that the instructors had us do. Some of the participants had a really difficult time understanding the idea of use cases. This was a snap for me; since we utilize use cases all the time in my department. (We might not do them formally, but we follow that method.) It got me thinking about making sure the librarians on staff at UH understand this tool and what it is used for. 1) Because it will help them understand how Web Services develops system requirements. 2) Because they might have to look at one and realized what their role is going to be in the process and what information Web Services might be asking them to provide.

I also found that working on the metadata mapping (aka creating crosswalks) was really helpful and got me thinking about different ways we can map our more complicated data to Simple Dublin Core. (Something I’m never too thrilled about doing because I don’t think DC is robust enough)

The day also was filled with two tasty meals. I went out to lunch with some folks from the preconference at the Jamaican Jerk Hut which is at 1436 South St. Then based on an excellent recommendation from my husband went to Monk’s Cafe with its Belgian beefrs, pomme frites, and tasty mussels for dinner.

{Gosh I must have been tired when I posted this with all the spelling errors!}

Tomorrow is another preconference day but I’m hoping to get some downtime on Friday before I start my meeting-filled mornings Sat-Mon.

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  1. 2008 January 9
    The Stroganoffstrudel, Gulasch and Spaten Optimator and not to be missed.

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