Speaker Elisa Lanzi
Elisa Lanzi is a cultural materials information specialist working with image archives, museums, and digital libraries. Her focus is digitization practice and shared metadata. As Director of the Imaging Center at Smith College (Northampton, MA) she is involved in building digital repositories and implementing tools for teaching and learning. Her ...
Elisa Lanzi is a cultural materials information specialist working with image archives, museums, and digital libraries. Her focus is digitization practice and shared metadata. As Director of the Imaging Center at Smith College (Northampton, MA) she is involved in building digital repositories and implementing tools for teaching and learning. Her experience includes: working with organizations on developing best practices for cultural heritage documentation, building controlled vocabularies, and developing metadata standards. As past chair of the Visual Resources Association Data Standards Committee she was involved in the early development of the VRA Core, a descriptive metadata standard. Lanzi also is one of the editors of Cataloging Cultural Objects: A Guide to Describing Works and their Images (CCO), a data content standard. She has presented at numerous venues and published articles and books. Lanzi is chair of the executive board of the Visual Resources Association Foundation and chair of the Five Colleges Intellectual Property Policies for Shared Media Committee. She holds an MLS from the University at Albany; her undergraduate work is in English and Art History.
The VRA Core is a metadata standard for the description of images and works of art and culture. The standard is hosted by the Library of Congress Network Development and MARC Standards Office in partnership with the Visual Resources Association. Our workshop will cover the overall benefits of using the VRA Core in order to ensure streamlined inputting of crucial information about works and images and to improve searching and user understanding. Participants will have an opportunity to learn and experience best practices for cultural cataloguing using VRA Core and related standards, such as Cataloging Cultural Objects. The workshop introduces participants to the major aspects of VRA Core including: the basic element set, the use of authorities and controlled vocabularies, and the VRA Core schema for sharable metadata. Focusing on the decision-making process for creating descriptions, the workshop agenda includes real-life examples, presentations, and group exercises. The instructor will gather workshop participant questions and topics of concern ahead of time.
Who should attend:
Cataloguers and collection managers who deal with cultural materials in image archives, museums, and digital libraries. This workshop assumes that the participant has little or no familiarity with VRA Core but has some familiarity with descriptive practice.
By the end of this program, participants will:
• understand the conceptual model of the VRA Core
• know how the VRA Core relates to other metadata standards
• learn about diverse cataloging situations for cultural materials
• be able to apply the basic elements of VRA Core practice