May 17, 2022

Video: Webinar by Authors of the New Book “Library Linked Data in the Cloud”

Here’s a webinar by three members of the OCLC Research team and and the authors of a the new book, Library Linked Data in the Cloud: OCLC’s Experiments with New Models of Resource Description.

The webinar was recorded on May 21, 2015 and made available on YouTube yesterday. It runs about one hour.

About the Book (via OCLC)

Written by OCLC Research staff members Carol Jean Godby, Shenghui Wang and Jeffrey K. Mixter, the book focuses on the conceptual and technical challenges involved in publishing linked data derived from traditional library metadata. This transformation is urgent, the book maintains, because it is common knowledge that most searches for information start not in a library, or even in a Web-accessible library catalog, but elsewhere on the Internet. Modeling data in a form that the broader Web understands may help keep libraries relevant in the network environment.

In the book, the authors explain how the new Web is a growing “cloud” of interconnected resources that identify the people, places, things and concepts that people want to know about when they approach the Internet with an information need. They also explain why linked data is an appropriate architecture for the description of library resources.

“This work represents significant contributions OCLC is making with library linked data,” said Lorcan Dempsey, OCLC Vice President, Research and Chief Strategist. “Our researchers are participating in the development of Web standards for machine-understandable data, contributing to the debate on how the key values of librarianship are represented in linked data techniques, and publishing some of the most widely used linked data enabled authoritative hubs in the library community.”

Webinar Featuring Authors of Library Linked Data in the Cloud Book

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.