Metadata for Digital Collections: A How-To-Do-It Manual

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Item Number: 
978-1-55570-746-0
Published: 
2011
Publisher: 
ALA Neal-Schuman
Pages: 
230
Width: 
8 12"
Height: 
11"
Format: 
Softcover

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More and more libraries, archives, and museums are creating online collections of digitized resources. Where can those charged with organizing these new collections turn for guidance on the actual practice of metadata design and creation? To Metadata for Digital Collections: A How-To-Do-It Manual.

This practical, hands-on volume will make it easy for readers to acquire the knowledge and skills they need, whether they use the book on the job or in a classroom. Miller introduces readers to fundamental concepts and practices in a style accessible to beginners and LIS students, as well as experienced practitioners with little metadata training. He also takes account of the widespread use of digital collection management systems such as CONTENTdm.

Rather than surveying a large number of metadata schemes, Miller covers only three of the schemes most commonly used in general digital resource description, namely, Dublin Core, MODS, and VRA. By limiting himself, Miller is able to address the chosen schemes in greater depth. He is also able to include numerous practical examples that clarify common application issues and challenges. He provides practical guidance on applying each of the Dublin Core elements, taking special care to clarify those most commonly misunderstood. The book includes a step-by-step guide on how to design and document a metadata scheme for local institutional needs and for specific digital collection projects.

The text also serves well as an introduction to broader metadata topics, including XML encoding, mapping between different schemes, metadata interoperability and record sharing, OAI harvesting, and the emerging environment of Linked Data and the Semantic Web, explaining their relevance to current practitioners and students.

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Steven J. Miller

Steven J. Miller currently teaches continuing education courses on linked data and metadata for working professionals. In the past he taught MLIS courses on information and knowledge organization, metadata, taxonomies, cataloging, information architecture, and linked data. He wrote a textbook on Metadata for Digital Collections published in 2011, has given numerous conference presentations, and has developed workshop materials published by the Library of Congress and OCLC. He has served on committees and held leadership positions in several national-level professional organizations. In retirement he enjoys reading, language study, especially classical Greek language and literature, drawing, bicycling, travel, movies, and performing arts, especially Wagnerian opera.

"Metadata for Digital Collections is an extremely useful book for everyone currently or potentially involved in the creation of metadata: those with little to no experience in using non-MARC metadata, who either need to do so now or who would simply like to remain current with developments in the field; those who need a ready-reference work for a particular metadata scheme; and students of cataloging and metadata."
--College & Research Libraries

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