Call for proposals for Mashcat in Atlanta 2017

The MashcatATL planning group is excited to announce that the second face-to-face Mashcat event in North America will be held January 24, 2017, at Georgia State University Library in Atlanta, Georgia. We invite you to save the date, and we hope to have registration and a schedule for this low-cost (less than $10), 1-day event open by November.

At present, we are accepting proposals for talks, events, panels, workshops or other sessions for the Mashcat event. We are open to a variety of formats, with the reminder that this will be a one-day, single-track event aiming to support the cross-pollination goals of Mashcat (see more below). We are open to proposals for sessions led virtually. Please submit your proposals using this form (UPDATE: the call for proposals is now closed.). All proposals must be received by October 25, 2016, midnight EST, and we will respond to all proposals by November 8, 2016.

What is Mashcat? “Mashcat” was originally an event in the UK in 2012 aimed at bringing together people working on the IT systems side of libraries with those working in cataloguing and metadata. Four years later, Mashcat is a loose group of metadata specialists, cataloguers, developers and anyone else with an interest in how metadata in and around libraries can be created, manipulated, used and re-used by computers and software. The aim is to work together and bridge the communications gap that has sometimes gotten in the way of building the best tools we possibly can to manage library data. Among our accomplishments in 2016 was holding the first North American face-to-face event in Boston in January and running webinars.  If you’re unable to attend a face-to-face meeting, we will be holding at least one more webinar in 2016. For more information about mashcat in general, see http://www.mashcat.info/.

For more information about the Atlanta event or for questions about the proposal form, please contact Erin Leach (eleach@uga.edu). Thanks for considering, and we hope to see you in January.

The Mashcat ATL planning team:

  • Galen Charlton (gmcharlt@gmail.com)
  • Erin Grant (erin.grant@emory.edu)
  • Marlene Harris (marlene@readingreality.net)
  • Mary Jinglewski (mary.jinglewski@gmail.com)
  • Erin Leach (eleach@uga.edu)
  • Emily Williams (ewill220@kennesaw.edu)
  • Susan Wynne (swynne@gsu.edu)

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