LITA President's Program: Tag! Your IT!

You are cordially invited to the LITA President’s program, Tag! Your IT!: Online Digital Audio Collections Meet PennTags. The program will take place Sunday, June 24, 2007, 4-5 pm, following the Top Technology Trends (1-3pm) and the LITA Awards Reception (3-4pm), at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel’s East and State Rooms.

My President’s Program is an interesting mash up of two hot topics: digital libraries, in this case, digital audio libraries, and the social tagging system PennTags. Historic sound recordings are an important part of our national heritage. Digitizing historic recorded sound collections for use on the web requires extensive indexing and access points. Using social bookmarking and tagging in combination with standard subject classification and indexing terms to create folksonomies creates a rich networking of resources that greatly enhances access to the collection. Chuck Haddix (Marr Sound Archivist at the University of Missouri Kansas City) presents The Voices of World War II collection as a case study of the creation of a digital library rich in historic spoken word and music recordings and the integration of digital library records into the online catalog for enhanced access. Michael Winkler (Director of Information Technology and Digital Development of the University of Pennsylvania) discusses PennTags using the UMKC digital audio collections to illustrate how it provides increased access. PennTags is a social bookmarking system that enables the creation of personalized, shared annotated bibliographies of resources in the library catalog, licensed databases, digital libraries and other Web resources using a combination of subject headings, index terms, and personally assigned tags. PennTags is being enhanced to provide specialized capabilities for tagging sound recordings.

I hope to see you all at Sunday Afternoon with LITA on June 24!