VALA invites you to our August Guest Speaker event for 2016. This 1-hour event will be run as a Zoom Webinar.

Join special Guest Speakers David Feighan and Ebe Kartus who will be speaking on the topic "Collaborative metadata management in cloud based library systems – what are some of the practical implications".

Access the event webinar recording and slides:

Focusing on Alma from Ex Libris and WorldShare from OCLC, this webinar will explore the opportunities and challenges the new sharing environment brings. We will be talking about what the new environment means for modification of shared records and who can do this, who owns and controls the metadata especially as some of the larger players manage and maintain the largest buckets of metadata. What are some of the ramifications in the Australian environment and how does the path chosen by New Zealand potentially affect what we do.

David Feighan

Ebe Kartus

Topic: “Collaborative metadata management in cloud based library systems”

In recent times more libraries are moving to online cloud based library catalogue and management platforms that enables these libraries to work off a shared bibliographic record. As a result there are different workflows and new things to think about when compared to the traditional approach of uploading catalogue records into a standalone siloed systems that may also include batch exporting holdings to national metadata infrastructure such as Libraries Australia, Te Puna and Education Services Australia’s SCIS. This national infrastructure is changing as well with the move of Te Puna to Worldshare. Some of the points to think about are: What does this mean for who owns, controls, and can modify library metadata especially as some of the larger players manage and maintain the largest buckets of metadata? How should these large global metadata buckets of bibliographic metadata be cross referenced and do Australian libraries need to think about the ramifications of this in more detail. What are the protocols around syncing these large metadata buckets? What are the considerations around a library enhancing metadata into a shared record for the other libraries that rely on that record? Plus more questions.

Core Content: Cooperative and collaborative cataloguing using the new semantic web technologies and the road blocks.

The Future: Finding ways were we can better use the new technologies to move ‘back to the future’ for cooperative metadata creation.

Who Should Attend?: Anyone interested in resource description and how the new environment is affecting what we do.

Q&A: Questions are welcome throughout the session.

Speaker: David Feighan, Information and Library Services Manager, Mentone Girls' Grammar School

David Feighan is the Information and Library Services Manager at Mentone Girls' Grammar School. David has twenty five years’ experience as a librarian within the corporate, government and school sectors. David is active within the profession, he has written numerous articles, presented at conferences, and has ran workshops. He is a past VALA President, and was the VALA2010 Conference Program Chair and the VALA2016 Joint Program Chair David ran the inaugural SLAV eBook survey in 2015 and is on the ALIA eBook and eLending Advisory Committee In 2015 David managed the Kerferd Library’s migration to OCLC WorldShare and as such has experience working in a collaborative cloud based library system environment.

As a head of a library service that uses a collaborative cloud based system, David blogs about the opportunities and challenges at

Speaker: Ebe Kartus, Library Manager (Information Resource Services), Australian Catholic University

Ebe Kartus has worked in a number of University Libraries. She has also worked in a wide variety of other Library environments including Library vendors. Ebe has been a cataloguer for about 25 years and has been a member of the Australian Committee of Cataloguing (ACOC) since 2002, served as ACOC Chair 2003-2011, and is currently the Australian representative on the RDA Steering Committee. She believes we should be sharing data more and adding value to records for all the Library community to utilize. Her next big resource description adventure (hopefully) will be with linked data.


VALA Members – FREE to attend (registration will be confirmed via email)
Non-Members - $20.00 AUD (incl GST; payment via PayPal, registration will be confirmed once payment is received)


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This webinar is delivered on the Zoom platform. Your event confirmation email will include your instructions to connect to the Zoom platform.


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Wednesday 24 August 2016, 4:00 - 5:00pm AEST 

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