SPEC Kit 298: Metadata (July 2007)
This SPEC Kit investigates how metadata is implemented in ARL member libraries: which staff are creating metadata and for what kinds of digital objects, what schemas and tools they use to create and manage metadata, what skills metadata staff need and how they acquire them, and the organizational changes and challenges that metadata has brought to libraries.
The survey was distributed to the 123 ARL member libraries in February 2007. Sixty-eight libraries (55%) responded to the survey, of which 67 (99%) reported creating metadata for digital objects at their institutions. The primary factor driving the creation of metadata is the responding libraries’ involvement in digitization projects (66 of 67 responses or 99%). Metadata also plays an important role in institutional repositories (54%). Other initiatives and projects that have promoted the use of metadata are: Web content management, datasets, subject-based and educational repositories, metadata registries, digital media labs, EAD-finding aids, and online journal publishing. Metadata is being created to describe and provide access to a wide variety of digital resources, including images, text, collections, audio, maps, video, datasets, EAD finding aids, theses, and Web pages.
This SPEC Kit includes documentation from respondents in the form of mission statements, organization charts, job descriptions, and policies.
Table of Contents
SPEC Kit 298: Metadata (July 2007)
- Metadata frontmatter 3 free
- Survey Results 9
- Representative Documents 63
- Organization Charts 65
- Boston College 66
- University of California, Los Angeles 67
- Cornell University 68
- University of Florida 69
- Indiana University 70
- Library of Congress 71
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology 72
- Ohio State University 73
- Pennsylvania State University 74
- University of Virginia 75
- University of Washington 76
- Washington State University 78
- Position Descriptions 79
- University of Alberta 80
- Boston College 82
- University of California, Davis 84
- Case Western Reserve University 86
- Duke University 89
- Duke University 92
- Indiana University 94
- Johns Hopkins University 97
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology 98
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 99
- Pennsylvania State University 101
- Mission Statements and Group Charges 103
- Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines 111
- Brigham Young University 112
- Brigham Young University 113
- University of California, Irvine 114
- University of Chicago 128
- University of Florida 137
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 152
- North Carolina State University 156
- University of Virginia 159
- University of Virginia 160
- University of Washington 163
- Selected Resources 165
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