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Peer Council Meeting—June 8, 2015

Welcome to Peer Council 2015, the yearly assembly of librarians involved with and interested in library technical services!  WiLS and the Peer Council 2015 Planning Team are excited to host this opportunity to learn new things, share information with peers, and interact with a diverse group with shared common interests.

When:  Monday, June 8th, from 9:00 – 3:30
Where:  The Pyle Center, Madison, WI

We are pleased to welcome our keynote speaker, Roy Tennant, Senior Program Officer for OCLC Research!

portrait2-smallRoy Tennant is a Senior Program Officer for OCLC Research, where he manages projects relating to technology, infrastructure, and standards. Previous employers include the California Digital Library and the University of California, Berkeley.

Roy is the creator and owner of the Web4Lib and XML4Lib electronic discussions, and the creator and editor of Current Cites, a current awareness newsletter published every month since 1990.

His books include “Technology in Libraries: Essays in Honor of Anne Grodzins Lipow” (2008), “Managing the Digital Library” (2004), “XML in Libraries” (2002), “Practical HTML: A Self-Paced Tutorial” (1996), and “Crossing the Internet Threshold: An Instructional Handbook” (1993). Roy wrote a monthly column on digital libraries for Library Journal for a decade, where he still blogs, and has written numerous articles in other professional journals. In 2003, he received the American Library Association’s LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Excellence in Communication for Continuing Education.

Roy is also a commercial whitewater river guide, treehouse builder, (the fourth in his backyard in the Sonoma Valley), husband, and the father of grown twin daughters now in college.



9:00-9:30 Sign-in and coffee
9:30-9:45 Welcome
9:45-10:45 Keynote – Linked Data: What’s the Story?

Roy Tennant, Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research

As library collections shift from print materials to digital formats, and as the web enables ubiquitous and instantaneous discovery of information, library users expect to find and access materials online.   It’s not enough to have pages “on the web”; library data must be “woven into the web” and integrated into the sites and services that library users frequent daily – Google, Wikipedia, social networks.  When information about a library’s collection is locked up behind a specific web site (such as an OPAC), it is often exceedingly difficult for services, such as search engines, to consume that data. Information seekers need to be connected back to their local library resources from wherever they are on the web.   The imperative is to make library data available in new data formats that are native to the web, exposing it to the wider web community, making it easily discoverable by other sites, services, and ultimately consumers.   Roy Tennant will shed light on what linked data is and how to re-envision, expose and share library data as entities that are part of the web.

10:45-11:00 Break
11:00-12:15 Linked Data Workshop

Jake Ineichen, Digital Services Librarian, Madison Public Library

It seems like we are constantly being reminded that BIBFRAME is the future of cataloging, but what do you do with the data you already have? In this workshop, you’ll learn the language and vocabulary of linked data, as well as one way to clean your data and reconcile it against other data sources like LCSH and VIAF, adding in the URIs that make linked data work.

Required Software:  OpenRefine ( with an extension RDF Refine (

Files used for workshop, including software installation instructions and step-by-step tutorial for using Open Refine.

12:15-1:15 Lunch at the Pyle Center

Menu:  Meatball sandwiches with mozzarella on the side, eggplant parmesan, vegetables, and salad bar.

1:15-2:15 SkyRiver Evaluation

Nic Ashman, Technical Services Librarian, Chippewa Valley Technical College
Alan Mask, Manager, Collection Management, La Crosse Public Library

Alan and Nic participated this spring in a trial of Innovative Interface’s SkyRiver cataloging utility.  They will present an overview and evaluation of SkyRiver, compare it with OCLC’s Connexion, and answer your questions.

2:15-2:30 Break
2:30-3:30 Wisconsin and the Digital Public Library of America

Ryan Claringbole, Public Library Technology Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Ann Hanlon, Head of Digital Collections and Initiatives, UW-Milwaukee
Paul Hedges, Emerging Technologies Archivist, Wisconsin Historical Society
Moderator: Emily Pfotenhauer, Recollection Wisconsin Program Manager, WiLS

The Digital Public Library of America is a national digital library of cultural heritage content from across the U.S., fed into the library by Hubs throughout the nation. Representatives from organizations across Wisconsin are currently creating such a Hub in the state. This panel will share information about DPLA and Wisconsin’s next steps for participation.

3:30 Thank you and adjourn to Tech Services on the Terrace

An opportunity for some informal networking with your peers!

Heads up!  WiLS is considering a new name for Peer Council for future meetings!  You can submit your suggestions on the registration form or at the suggestion box at the meeting.  Thanks!

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made at least two business days prior to the event in order to receive a refund. If a registrant cancels less than two working days prior to the date of the event, the registrant remains responsible for payment; no fees will be refunded.

A substitute may take the place of the original registrant, but either the registrant or their institution is responsible for coordinating and communicating changes to WiLS. Cancellations and/or substitutions may be reported to .

If an event is cancelled by WiLS, due to low registration or inclement weather, registrants will be notified and fees will be refunded.