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Information Resource Description: Creating and Managing Metadata
Philip Hider
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1201-0
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $103.00
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240 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1201-0
Year Published: 2013
AP Categories: A, C, I

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This book serves as a primer on information and knowledge organization, with particular reference to digital environments. It introduces the conventions and standards of contemporary document description, and the principles and trends of professional practice. Employing the unifying mechanism of the semantic web and the resource description framework, Hider integrates the various traditions and practices of information and knowledge organization. Uniquely, he covers both the domain-specific traditions and practices and the practices of the “metadata movement” through a single lens—that of resource description in the broadest, semantic web sense. This approach more readily accommodates coverage of the new RDA: Resource Description and Access standard, which aims to move library cataloging into the center of the semantic web. This book brings both the standard and its model and concepts into focus, covering such key topics as:
  • Information resource attributes
  • Metadata for information retrieval
  • Metadata sources and quality
  • Economics and management of metadata
  • Knowledge organization systems
  • The semantic web
  • Books and e-books, and websites and audiovisual resources
  • Business and government documents
  • Learning resources
  • The field of information/knowledge organization
This comprehensive introduction to information resource description is essential reading for LIS students taking information organization courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, information professionals wishing to specialize in metadata, and existing metadata specialists who wish to update their knowledge.

About the Author

Philip Hider is Head of the School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University, Australia. He has worked, taught and researched in the field of information organization in the UK, Singapore and Australia. He holds a PhD from City University, London and was made a Fellow of CILIP in 2004.
Praise for Information Resource Description: Creating and Managing Metadata

“Philip Hider’s new book on information resource description is certainly worth recommending to students and information professionals alike. It is informative and useful and the illustrative examples enrich the discussion making this book a refreshingly interesting read. Providing an overview of traditional and more recent approaches to metadata, from within and outwith the library world, the book is particularly successful in situating digital resource description within a broader information retrieval context. The bibliography itself is an education. This is a great resource for students and for professionals who want to refresh or update their knowledge.” 
--Pauline Rafferty, Aberystwyth University

"Metadata is a topic of great, and continuing importance in all the information sciences and collection disciplines. But it is one in which students and practitioners alike can become lost in details and specifics. Philip Hider’s book takes a uniquely wide and integrative approach, combining basic principles and well-chosen examples to give an admirably clear insight into the subject. It should be equally valuable for those involved with library/information resources, and for those using metadata in wider contexts, such as archives and museums." 
--David Bawden, City University London

"This book promises to be a key resource in the field of information organisation. It takes a broad approach to information resource description without sacrificing the detailed description and explanation that students and practitioners will seek. Dr. Hider demonstrates an enviable level of scholarly and professional knowledge and a capacity to structure and communicate it elegantly and with passion." 
--Stuart Ferguson, University of Canberra

"This is a very readable and well structured book that offers a comprehensive view of resource description and metadata.  A broad approach is adopted which embraces the assignment and management of resource descriptors of all kinds, including, for example, book indexing, abstracting, and social tagging, as well as more conventional tools.  This is a highly successful attempt to integrate various ways of tackling resource description, and to extract some general principles and purposes.  It is an excellent introduction both for students and for practitioners new to the field, and the very readable text is well supported by numerous examples, and lists of additional reading.  A welcome addition to the literature in this field." 
--Vanda Broughton, UCL


"A survey that is almost sure to reveal something new, even to some of the most experienced practitioners among us ... there is a lot of useful information, framed in opening and closing chapters that attempt to broadly contextualize that information. This context, sometimes intriguing, sometimes vexing, should foster lively discussion!"
--Cataloging & classification Quarterly

"A variety of information-seeking styles and goals are identified through review of several decades of literature on this topic … This textbook gives a great overview of the complicated issues that affect information resource description today."
--Library Resources & Technical Services

”For those newly minted librarians whose graduate school no longer teaches cataloging, for established librarians switching gears in mid-career from reference to technical services or for faculty who need to teach description, this book is an invaluable introductory resource."
— Collection Building

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