Violeta Ilik

Professional Responsibilities


Semantic Technologies Librarian


Serves as Scholarly Communication’s key contributor for the TAMU Libraries’ VIVO project and works collaboratively with colleagues to enable discovery of research and scholarship across disciplines at Texas A&M University and beyond.  Employs semantic technologies to establish common schemes in form of ontologies.  Exhibits ability to acquire new technological skills & resolve problems in a resourceful and timely manner.  Demonstrates experience working with structured data, such as RDBMS, XML, or delimited data.

Performs crosswalks between MARCXML, Dublin Core and different metadata schemes and collaborates with the colleagues in the Office of Scholarly Communication and Digital Initiatives to prepare metadata for the institutional repository.


Research Interests

  • Metadata standards
  • Repurposing metadata
  • Linked data
  • Information retrieval
  • Natural language processing
  • eScience
  • Data curation
  • Data mining and analysis



  • Ilik, V., Potvin, S., Ho, J., Tucker, S., Clement, G., Creel, J., and Wan, G., 2013. "Collecting and Digitizing Forgotten Graduate Student Scholarship: The PILOs Project at Texas A&M University". Collection Management, [accepted].
  • Ilik, V., Storlien, J., & Olivarez, J. (2013). "Can Viewshare Be Used as a Research Network Visualization Tool? A Case Study Based on STEM Departments at Texas A&M University." Journal of Library Metadata 13 (4)
  • Mandell, L. and Ilik, V. (2013). "The Role of XSLT in Digital Libraries, Editions, and Cultural Exhibits." T. Aalberg et al. (Eds.): TPDL 2013, LNCS 8092, pp. 482--483. Springer, Heidelberg
  • Ilik, V. (2012). "Off-Site Storage from a Cataloging Point of View." The Serials Librarian 63(3-4): 350-358.



  • Integrating with others: Stable VIVO URIs for local authority records; linking to VIAF; ORCID organizational identifiers; W3C Dataset ontology work - Melissa Haendel & Violeta Ilik - VIVOiFest - Durham, NC 2014

  • Modeling data with Karma data integration tool - VIVOiFest - Durham, NC 2014 

  • Cataloger Makeover - FSRC - Rome, Italy 2014 - Description of the presentation: This presentation shares a vision of the enterprise of cataloging and the role of catalogers and metadata librarians in the 21st century. The revolutionary opportunities now presented by digital technology in the internet age liberate catalogers from their historically analog based static world, re-conceptualize it, and transform it into a world of high dimensionality and fluidity. Illustrative examples of innovative metadata creation and manipulation, such as non-MARC name authority records, will be presented to encourage attendees to embrace the new technologies. The goal is to contribute to the libraries’ mission with innovative projects that enable discovery, development, communication, learning and creativity, and hold promise to exceed users’ expectations.

  • Access to Graduate Scholarship in VIVO: Establishing Connections and Tracing Academic Lineage - Michael Bolton, Gail Clement, Violeta Ilik* & Sandra Tucker - DLF Forum - Austin, TX 2013 - Description of the presentation: Texas A&M University’s VIVO system enables discovery of institutional research characteristics. In addition to researcher data, the Libraries have ingested graduate works into VIVO, allowing users to perform new types of analyses: identifying co-authorship patterns between students and advisors; identifying collaboration trends amongst laboratory members; and mapping the academic lineage of a professor. VIVO’s power to expose and visualize networks of relationships (advisory role) and experiences/events (production of the dissertation and derivative papers) fuels new perspectives on the diffusion of research fronts across institutions and generations; trends in academic influence over time; and new understandings about advisor-graduate student relationships.

  • Reuse, repurpose - ALA Annual - Chicago, IL 2013 - Description of the presentationThis presentation focuses on the catalogers' experience in creating crosswalks between MARCXML and Dublin Core for specific collections at Texas A&M University Library. The focus will be in how the catalogers at Texas A&M University were able to use of Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations (XSLT) to transform MARCXML documents to Dublin Core XML documents. With two collections that were identified by a Subject Selector for inclusion in the Institutional Repository, catalogers demonstrated that they have the potential to take on metadata projects by actively participating in the transformation of documents from MARCXML into Dublin Core XML file format or other metadata file formats.

  • Visualizing data - TCDL - Austin, TX 2013 - Description of the presentation: We used Viewshare to visualize three different sets of data. Frist one is a collection of budget reports published by the Texas A&M System. The file was crosswalked from MARCXML to MODS and uploaded to Viewshare as an XML MODS file. The second example includes a scientific data set from a cross sectional study performed over two year period in farms that produce spinach. The study looks into patterns on why some farms have cases of Ecoli. The third use case is visualizing academic community, in this case Computer Science and Engineering Department from Texas A&M.

  • Linked data - the first step is the hardest - ALA Midwinter - Seattle, WA 2013 -  Description of the presentation: using Viewshare to generate and customize unique, dynamic views of data about faculty members, their research areas, PhD granting institutions, and the authority records in the Virtual International Authority File (VIAF).

  • Challenges of displaying metadata from Voyager, SFX, Metalib & Primo - Ex Libris Northeast Users Group (ENUG) - Ithaca, NY 2012 - Description of the presentation: With implementing Primo, Texas A&M University Libraries has faced different challenges in how metadata is displayed, especially metadata from serials publications. I will discuss the challenges and the difficulties in representing serial titles that have been cataloged under pre-AACR2 rules (latest entry cataloging). Also, the importance of having a catalog that regularly undergoes quality control, will be discussed



  • American Library Association (Divisions: ACRL; ALCTS - Continuing Resources Holdings Information Committee member)
  • Texas Library Association (Chair-elect, Cataloging and Metadata Roundtable)
  • NASIG (Program Planning Committee member)
  • The Honors Society - Phi Kappa Phi
  • The Honors Society - Beta Phi Mu

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