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Sunday, March 22 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Place-Based Discovery: Broadening Access with Geolocation

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Margaret Smithglass, Registrar and Digital Content Librarian, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University
Chris Sala, Architecture Librarian, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University

Martha González Palacios, Art and Architecture Librarian, University of Oregon

There is no doubt that geospatial metadata can aid the discovery of resources by providing contextually situated information. For materials related to the built environment, geocoding street addresses or other geographical identifiers adds tremendous value; these facilitate the use of maps as access points, in addition to more traditional interfaces like library catalogues or finding aids.

In this session, Chris Sala and Margaret Smithglass will present two projects currently underway at the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library that leverage geospatial metadata to enhance discoverability. They will introduce geolocation in general terms and suggest strategies and tools for geospatial metadata enhancement of legacy records by discussing the two projects, The Seymour B. Durst Old York Library and the Built Works Registry (BWR), each with very different parameters and goals.

One case demonstrates how geotagging records can enhance limited geographical data available from well-established controlled vocabularies, such as Library of Congress Subject Headings, while the other shows the use of geospatial metadata to disambiguate name variations of architectural structures.

Sunday March 22, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Room: Sundance 1 Omni Fort Worth Hotel 1300 Houston Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102

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