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Transforming Library Metadata with XSLT

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 @ 9:00 amFriday, May 22, 2015 @ 5:00 pm

xml-xslt-screenshotThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Statistics & Assessment Program and the Digital Library Federation, a program of the Council on Library and Information Resources, are pleased to offer this workshop on advanced XML.

Taught by experienced XML/XSLT instructors and developers Matthew Gibson, Director of Digital Programs at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities at the University of Virginia, and Christine Ruotolo, Digital Services Manager at the University of Virginia Library, this three-day workshop will explore XSLT with a specific focus on the role of XSLT in digital library projects and an emphasis on practical tasks such as metadata crosswalking. The workshop will be a mix of lecture and hands-on demonstration and experimentation.

Lectures, exercises, and projects will allow participants to gain experience using some of the more powerful components of XSLT 1.0 and 2.0 including:

  • Navigating the XML tree with XPath 2.0
  • Working with recursion, modes, and named templates
  • Using and creating functions
  • Combining source documents and creating multiple result documents
  • Sorting and grouping data
  • Using branching and control structures


This workshop is designed for information professionals who have a good understanding of XML and work with it frequently. While some understanding of and experience with XSLT is a plus, this is not a requirement.

Preliminary Schedule

The workshop will run from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. from Monday through Wednesday. Each day will be divided into four 90-minute sessions, with an ample lunch break and two shorter breaks between sessions. Each 90 minute session will cover a key technology and may include both lecture and exercises. There will be a 15-minute wrap-up session at the end of each day for general Q&A. A more concrete and fleshed out schedule will follow.


Matthew Gibson is Director of Digital Initiatives at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH). He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining the VFH in 2005, Matthew served as Assistant Director and then Associate Director of the University of Virginia Library’s Electronic Text Center. At the VFH, he oversees Encyclopedia Virginia, a digital publication about Virginia history and culture; provides supervision and support for Documents Compass, a Mellon- and NHPRC-funded initiative to facilitate digitization and interoperability between documentary editions; and guides the short- and long-term planning for the organization’s digital efforts and scholarly communications. Matthew has a multitude of conference presentations and several publications to his credit, mostly in the field of digital library standards. For the past nine years he has taught XML application building workshops as an independent consultant and for the Association of Research Libraries.

Christine Ruotolo is the Digital Services Manager for Humanities and Social Sciences and Bibliographer for English Language and Literature at the University of Virginia Library. Before taking on her current role, she was Associate Director of Virginia’s Electronic Text Center, where she worked on developing and delivering full-text online literature collections. She has long been involved with the Text Encoding Initiative, serving for several years on its Board of Directors. She has presented and published on a range of subjects related to electronic text creation, interchange, and deployment in the classroom. Over the past nine years, she has taught numerous XML and XSLT workshops through the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Amigos Library Services, and Rare Books School.


The workshop will run each day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with breaks in the morning, afternoon, and for lunch. The ARL offices will play host to the workshop in the picturesque 8th floor conference room at 21 Dupont Circle, NW.


The fee for participation is $1,000. Beverages, coffee, and snacks provided for morning and afternoon breaks. Lunches will be on your own.


Use our online registration form to register.

Contact Information

Angela Pappalardo
Association of Research Libraries
21 Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 800
Washington DC 20036-1543


ARL reserves the right to cancel the event up to (and including) February 27, 2015. An e-mail announcement will be sent to registrants in the event of a cancellation. Registrants will receive a full refund.

Participant Cancellations

Written requests for cancellation will be honored until (and including) March 20, 2015, with a $150 cancellation fee. After that date, no refund will be given. Registration and payment may be transferred to another individual at your institution. If you wish to cancel or transfer, please send an e-mail with your request to Angela Pappalardo, angela@arl.org.


The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in the US and Canada. Its mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at http://www.arl.org/.

A program of the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Digital Library Federation is a community of library practitioners engaged in and committed to building and sustaining digital libraries through collaborative effort and establishing best practices. The DLF community includes project managers, code developers, and all who are invested in digital library issues. The DLF website is available at http://www.diglib.org/.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015 @ 9:00 am
Friday, May 22, 2015 @ 5:00 pm


ARL Headquarters
21 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036 United States
202 296 2296