TRY Conference 2017

Cultivating Connections

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 • St. Michael’s College • University of Toronto

Visit our website at to view this year’s presentations, check the schedule, and register for the conference. We look forward to a day of outstanding sessions FREE to all staff appointed members of the University of Toronto, Ryerson, York, and OCAD University Libraries.

Space is limited so register early to avoid disappointment. Registration will close at 11:59 pm on Monday, April 17, 2017.

The TRY+ Library Staff Conference is hosted by the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto.


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  1. TRY + Conference 2017 was a great success.
    As usual, well attended sessions sparked vibrant discussions and expended professional knowledge and connections.
    I personally focused this year on technologies : Linked Data ; as well as all aspects of preservation & conservation of digital data 🙂
    One session intrigued me – Linked Data as a driver for discovery tools – awesome idea

    Expanding the Boundaries of Resource Discovery with Linked Data

    With the substantial growth and development of the Web over the past several years, libraries have become an integral part of a larger information ecosystem. However, despite the proliferation of digital information spaces, library data remains siloed within library management systems, limiting our ability to cultivate the relationships between library resources and information on the open Web. We can begin to break down these silos with the use of linked data technology and its potential to foster connections between our collections and other Web resources. Linked data’s ability to define relationships between resources will enable libraries to weave our collections into the fabric of the Web. Within library discovery systems, nowhere are the relationships between resources more evident than in a browse environment. Browse interfaces draw together resources by collocating materials on facets such as author, subject or title. These interfaces also support exploration and serendipity in resource discovery by providing pathways into the library’s rich and diverse collections. As part of the University of Toronto’s Innovation Grant programme, a team of programmers and metadata librarians are developing a prototype browse interface that aims to break free from the traditional boundaries of the library catalogue and redefine the task of browsing within the library’s discovery environment. Using linked data technology as a foundation and established vocabularies provided by the Library of Congress, OCLC, and Dbpedia, our browse tool aims to leverage the relationships between resources and concepts by drawing in relevant contextual information from the open Web. In this session, project participants will illustrate how linked data technology can potentially encourage users to explore the relationships between resources contained within the library catalogue and beyond.

    Marlene van Ballegooie Metadata Technologies Manager Librarian, Collection Development/Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
    Jennifer Browning Metadata Librarian, Electronic Resources Collection Development, University of Toronto Libraries
    Bilal Khalid Senior Application Programmer Analyst, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries


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