Karen Coyle*, Library Digital Consultant, Berkeley, California.
Libraries continually experience the rapid growth in online data due to the Internet and the increasingly widespread use of databases.
Karen Coyle, who is a digital library consultant and worked for more than 20 years at the University of California Digital Library, Berkeley, will address the value of thinking differently about common library practices.
Library metadata methods were not designed to coexist with new types of data, such as that of computer processing.
advises that by thinking differently about catalog metadata, librarians can change the idea that library catalogs are limited to directing patrons to the locations of print or electronic titles.
Librarians can transform "the library's public catalog from a stand-alone database of bibliographic records to a highly hyper-linked data set that can interact with information resources on the World Wide Web.
Thinking differently will expand what the catalog offers by moving from organizing titles to providing knowledge discovery.
In this way, the library catalog has the ability to answer questions, not just give a list of sources.
*Karen Coyle's presentation is made possible by a Grant from the AALL/Bloomberg BNA Continuing Education Grants Program