At the FAU Libraries, our Technical Services, Digital Library, and Collection Development units work together to describe, manage and use metadata from our Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Presenters will describe how the metadata are captured and used to create a word cloud. Attendees will learn how this gives subject selectors a picture of research interests, which is a new tool for them in collection development. We also compare the topics identified from the world clouds to the frequency of LC subject headings from the same resources.


Original broadcast August 24, 2016

Biography ~ Zach English
Zach English is FAU’s Collection Development Librarian, and serves as the library selector for FAU’s Colleges of Science, Nursing, and Engineering & Computer Science. He collaborates with faculty to purchase and subscribe to library materials and resources in these colleges’ research areas.

Biography ~ Sunghae Ress
Sunghae Ress is FAU’s Digital Projects Librarian. She creates digital collections from selected materials in Special Collections and Archives and scholarly works from FAU faculty and students. She fosters digital information access by creating metadata and ensures on going access with long term preservation in the Florida Digital Archive.

Biography ~ Ethan Fenichel
Ethan Fenichel is FAU’s E-Resources Access Management Librarian. He combines his always growing understanding of library data practices and his pre-library background in content systems analysis to establish efficient workflows for maintaining access to electronic resources through FAU’s discovery layers. He is also learning to write his own scripts for automating workflows.