Becky FAQ

20160115_080148Who are you?

Becky Yoose, Library Applications and Systems Manager for The Seattle Public Library as of November 2015.

What do you do?

Deciding who lives and who dies…¬† in the context of applications and systems at the Library. I oversee library enterprise applications and systems operations at The Seattle Public Library, including the integrated library system, the discovery layer, and the staff intranet. I also oversee data management at the Library, including the locally developed data warehouse and policies regarding privacy and security of the data therein.

And other duties as assigned. As always.

What did you do before this gig?

I was Assistant Professor and Discovery and Integrated Systems Librarian at Grinnell College. (Where the Hell is Grinnell? Grinnell, Iowa.) I coordinated the researching, planning, implementation, maintenance and assessment of technologies used in the Grinnell College Libraries for workflow, resource discovery, and user services. This included the Sierra ILS, Digital Grinnell (powered by Islandora, OJS, and OCS), and a variety of library applications for both library users and staff.

Before that I was the Bibliographic Systems Librarian at the Miami University Libraries, where I implemented and maintained various technologies and applications for the Technical Services department. Half cataloger, half coder.

If you want to know the full professional back story, feel free to look through the CV posted on the site.

What are your interests?

My interests fall into the many intersections of technology and libraries. This ranges from the practicalities of adoption or non-adoption of technologies in libraries to the way technology has changed the culture and function of modern librarianship.

Other interests include:

  • Organizational structure and culture within libraries
  • Linked open data and the semantic web
  • Metadata and cataloging
  • Documentation
  • Open Access and Scholarly Communications
  • Intellectual property and US copyright as it pertains to bibliographic metadata
  • Open Source Technology

Lastly – not an interest per se, but I believe in Big Tent Librarianship.

Where can I find you online?

I am most active on Twitter at @yo_bj.

My presentations and papers can be found at:

Other places where I live online can be found on the side menu (or header if you are on a mobile device).

Where can I find you professionally?

I am active in the following communities:

 Troublesome Cataloger/Magical Metadata Fairy? What exactly is that?

We are Troublesome because we do not fit into the stereotype. Rather than debating about ISBD punctuation for the nth time, we talk about moving our metadata into a space where it is both usable and accessible, not only to our library peers, but for the world. The Fifth Law of Library Science applied to metadata, if you will.

We are Magical in the sense that most in the world do not see the labor involved in creating quality metadata. Metadata is often an afterthought and “magically” appears when folks finally take notice.

As for the group… an informal professional network of catalogers, metadata folks, and the people who admire them.

What’s with The Hat?

The Hat is The Hat.

If I want to talk to you about speaking at our event or consultation about $x for our organization, where do I go?

Email me at b.yoose@gmail.com with your inquiry and we can take it from there.

Lard, butter, or shortening?

Lard.