Saturday, January 26, 2013

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Linked Data, Semantic Web and Libraries: Journal of Library Metadata

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Linked Data, Semantic Web and Libraries: Journal of Library Metadata

Guest Editor: Sheila Bair
Associate Professor, Metadata & Cataloging Librarian
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

Overview: 2013 finds libraries on the threshold of a “new bibliographic universe.” The Semantic Web, Linked Data, and open access all promise to set library metadata free from its historical constraints. How are libraries preparing for and experimenting with sharing data in this new world of information-set-free?

The general aim of this special issue of the Journal of Library Metadata is to access and present current practices, trends and research in moving library metadata into, and positioning libraries for success in, this new environment.

Topics: Recommended topics include, but are not limited to the following:
•       Libraries and Linked Data/Semantic Web
•       Open access, library metadata and Linked Data/Semantic Web
•       Institutional repository metadata and the Semantic Web
•       Harvesting and sharing of metadata in the new environment
•       Incorporating Linked Data into library information systems
•       Authority control, vocabularies and Linked Data/Semantic Web
•       Rights and license management in the Semantic Web
•       Linked Data and MARC and non-MARC (EAD, Dublin Core, etc.) library metadata
•       Migration of MARC and non-MARC library metadata to new systems and platforms
•       Conversion and mapping of MARC and non-MARC library metadata to RDF and Linked Data
•       Data clean-up in preparation for migration/conversion

Submission Procedure: Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before, March 31, 2013, a proposal (up to 500 words) clearly explaining the objectives and concerns of his or her proposed article.  Authors of accepted proposals will be notified shortly about the status of their proposals. Full manuscripts (4000-7000 words) are expected to be submitted by July 10, 2013.  All submitted manuscripts will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis.  Please forward submissions electronically (Word document) to the guest editor at

The Journal of Library Metadata is the exclusive forum for the latest research, innovations, news, and expert views about all aspects of metadata applications in libraries and about the role of metadata in information retrieval. This focused journal comprehensively discusses practical, applicable information that libraries can effectively use in their own information discovery environments. Specialized knowledge, the latest technology, and top research are presented pertaining specifically to evolving metadata use in libraries. More information about the Journal of Library Metadata can be found online at