5.3 State of the Metadata

Each year the Metadata and Identities Librarian presents on the library’s metadata landscape; to report on the people, systems, metadata standards, activities, and projects related to library metadata. This address is also a way to increase accountability and transparency of the work we do in the library related to metadata. It provides a venue for sharing about the work and future of metadata in the library. It also provides education about library metadata; to increase the library’s understanding and awareness of metadata. With better understanding of the library’s metadata landscape, the library can be more optimized in making decisions and engaging in projects that includes the right people and right systems. These presentations will work to answer the following questions:

  • What is our metadata?
  • Where is our metadata?
  • Who works with the metadata?
    • What are the stewardships associated with metadata?
    • Who can create and edit metadata?
    • Who can transform metadata?
  • What is the quality of our metadata?
    • What quantitative and qualitative measures can we use to assess the quality of library metadata?
    • Where is metadata inconsistent?
    • Where is metadata duplicated?
  • Is the metadata helping connect people to resources?
    • How does it index and display in discovery systems?
  • What is the future of metadata in the library?

Past Presentations

Previous State of the Metadata addresses can be viewed here.

Location / Hours

The Catalog Department is located on Level 6 of the Harold B. Lee Library. The Department is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.