[Eril-l] Core e-Forum: Regarding Library Database Cleanup

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Tue Sep 15 14:04:42 PDT 2020

*Cross posted to multiple lists.*

Core e-Forum: Regarding Library Database Cleanup

October 6-7, 2020

Moderated by Julene Jones, Emily Williams, and Susan Wynne

Please join us for an e-forum discussion. It’s free and open to everyone!

Registration information is at the end of the message.

Each day, discussion begins and ends at:

Pacific: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Mountain: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Central: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Eastern: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Library metadata rarely remains static. We need to clean up data for many
reasons: changing metadata schemes, practices, or purchasing vendors,
system migrations, incorrect or missing data, physical moves of resources,
“cataloging anomalies”, etc. In this e-Forum, participants will share
tools, techniques, advice, and best practices for both batch and manual
database cleanup projects of all types of data: bibliographic, acquisition,
and patron data.


Julene Jones is the interim coordinator of library assessment at the
University of Kentucky. Prior to this she was the Head of Database
Integrity at the University of Kentucky where she was responsible for many
things, but primarily for running reports, maintaining the consistency of
the database, and authority control.

Emily Williams is the Cataloging & Metadata Librarian at Georgia State
University. Her claim to fame is inadvertently avoiding GSU’s library
consolidation while serving as Kennesaw State University’s Metadata and
Resource Management Librarian. She returned to GSU after their ILS
migration was complete. Her responsibilities are varied, and a main focus
is wrangling the one-time ebook purchases and licensed streaming videos.
Batch cataloging wouldn’t be in her vocabulary if it weren’t for Susan

Susan Wynne is the Discovery & Metadata Librarian at the University of
Wyoming. Previously, she was the Catalog Management Librarian (aka catalog
wrangler) at the University of Iowa, and Cataloging & Metadata Librarian at
Georgia State University. Her favorite database maintenance project is
deleting records and her first approach to any problem, in work or life, is
to make a spreadsheet.

What Is an e-Forum?

A Core e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of
interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The
e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email
address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate
with other participants through an email discussion. Most e-forums last two
to three days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it's free.

For information about upcoming e-forums, please visit

How to Register

You must register your email address to subscribe to or access an
electronic discussion list on ALA's Mailing List Service. Once you have
registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you
choose to leave the list. Find instructions for subscribing and
unsubscribing online. (

If you have any problems, please contact alcts-eforum-request at lists.ala.org.

*Posted on behalf of the Core Continuing Education Committee.*
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