Technology | Jennifer Lohmann| May 31, 2018
Jennifer Lohmann, NoveList Director of Sales and Marketing, discusses the benefits of linked data for libraries, and how it helps libraries demonstrate their services to patrons.
Libraries want to connect with their communities. And to thrive, they need to connect with their communities, especially those who aren’t visiting because they aren’t aware of all the library has to offer. Or, worse, the library doesn’t enter their mind when they need to study for an exam, research health information or find a good book to read. As librarians, vendors and library lovers, we want libraries to be *first* in people’s minds— enter linked data.
A little background on my own relationship with linked data. I knew nothing about it before I came to work with NoveList and now I believe in linked data enough to have turned it into a Cinderella story to help me understand it. (Not a fairytale fan? here’s a more straightforward version of what linked data is, too.) I’m a linked data evangelist, helping make sure all libraries know the cool things they can do with their data once it’s transformed into new data formats they can splice and piece all over the web.
As librarians, vendors and library lovers, we want libraries to be *first* in people’s minds— enter linked data.
It’s easy to get lost in the details of linked data and forget the long-term goal. The goal of linked data is to make a library (and its collection) more visible online. Linked data helps libraries be discovered in online searches and have their collections available on Facebook, Twitter and partner websites.
Together with our partners and libraries, we’re working hard to get library data published on the web in formats that search algorithms can use. We’re working with our libraries and partners to use their data in innovative ways (not a NoveList idea, just a very cool one) and we’re working to make linked data better meet the immediate needs of our customers. Because we want libraries to be at the forefront of our communities, we are advocating for linked data to help patrons find the valuable information in library collections no matter if patrons are researching health information, searching for help with car repairs, or just looking for a good book to read.
Jennifer is a NoveList Director of Sales and Marketing, which means she gets to talk with librarians from around the world about projects they’re working on and brainstorm ways NoveList can help them. When she’s not working, she cooks, ignores her running shoes, and writes romance novels.
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