"Using XML in Libraries" Workshop Offers Key Hands-On Training for Librarians and Information Professionals

This month, METRO is pleased to welcome returning instructor K.B. Ng for our next two-part workshop, “Using XML in Libraries.”  Designed for beginners in XML, this workshop will provide an introduction and show you how to use XML in your own library work for metadata organization, text encoding, and more.  Click here for more information or to register. 
This two-day intensive workshop is designed to teach beginners how to use XML in the library environment, with a focus on using the language for resource description, metadata management and electronic text encoding.  The syntax, Characteristics, terminologies, associated standards, and some important XML applications, will be taught through step-by-step examples, from basic level to intermediate level.  Explanation and elaboration will come along whenever you encounter new concepts.  Day 1 is a general introduction including basic syntax of XML, DTD (Document Type Definition) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheet language).  Day 2 will focus on the W3C XML schema language and the Extensible Stylesheet Language (XSL).  We will use metadata schemes like Dublin Core and MODS as examples to demonstrate real XML application in the library world.
* Participants should be familiar with basic HTML, but not other programming knowledge is required.

By the end of this program, participants will:
  • Understand the critical roles that XML can play in the development of cataloging and classification strategies and practices in the digital library environment
  • Understand the importance of DTD (document type definition) and XML Schema for metadata structuring and text encoding in a digital librarian environment
  • Create XML documents associated DTD and XML Schema commonly used in the digital library environment
  • Use stylesheets (using CSS and XSLT) to control metadata and narrative text presentation in the web environment.
Please contact Laura Forshay at lforshay@metro.org with any questions.
Jason Kucsma
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