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digital needs of the university community as a whole. Survey questions have been answered based upon what
has been decided so far but must be taken as tentative due to the highly fluid situation at present. No formal
job description yet exists for the position of Vocabulary Control/Metadata Coordinator and additional positions
including an overarching Digital Projects Manager may be added in the near future. No metadata or digital
program-related jobs are yet reflected on the institutional organization chart.”
“In question 10 it was noted that we are using Digital Commons. This is currently true but in the next few
months we will be switching to CONTENTdm.”
“Library in the very early stages of assessing organizational structure to support new work.”
“Metadata creation has been recognized as an important part of digital collections created within the
Libraries. The metadata librarian has been involved in digital projects from the beginning ensuring quality
metadata for users and systems.”
“Metadata for text for scholarly resources has been used since 1992. Metadata for Special Collections text,
images, and collection descriptions has been used since 1995.”
“Metadata is distributed throughout several parts of the Libraries and is more broadly defined here than just
to digitization projects, including federated search software, open URL resolver, and our OPAC which contains
records for digital resources.”
“Metadata management at the libraries has evolved organically, in response to specific collections and the
requirements of various digital software tools. Digital preservation considerations have also influenced how we
handle metadata. Basically, we have folded metadata management into existing units and positions with little
or no reorganization or reclassification.”
“Metadata to date provided only through Archives & Special Collections Projects.”
“[We are] in the process of creating a digital repository for the library. Therefore we expect that one year from
now our answers to this survey might be quite different.”
“No metadata work is ongoing with the exception of EAD finding aids. Past metadata was created on grant-
funded projects only.”
“Our library and our university as a whole recently began a new strategic planning phase, and the library has
looked at this effort as an opportunity to redefine and reorganize some of its assets to account for metadata
creation. Those plans are in the works and we should see some of those results over the next few months. In
particular, we expect to see the designation of two Metadata Librarian positions. The information in this survey
response reflects our current situation, but if we were to take the survey again in even a month or two, our
responses might be very different.”
“Right now, we have MARC records in our ILS, a local simplified ERM system that enables access to e-
journals & databases, and Web subject guides including limited resources. We are planning for an institutional
repository, and support ScholarsPortal, the Ontario university libraries collective portal and repository, which
continues to grow.”
“The institution’s digital project work began on a large scale in early 2000, when the libraries obtained the
first of three consecutive IMLS grants to support digitization. These awards, along with the libraries’ support of
the Northwest Digital Archives as the database host sire (2003–), have helped the libraries maintain a strong
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