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The survey responses provide a general overview
of the current state of metadata implementation
in ARL member libraries. Comments indicate that
many libraries are in a period of transition as they
attempt to determine the best organization, staff-
ing, and system infrastructure. Metadata involves
staff from many different units and many respon-
dents are implementing appropriate workflow,
streamlining metadata production, and develop-
ing policies and guidelines for best practices. As
the survey data reveal, metadata interoperability
is among the top challenges that libraries face due
to the proliferation of standards, tools, and options
available in a rapidly changing environment where
infrastructure and rules are not well established.
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