Getaneh Alemu is Cataloging and Metadata Librarian at Solent University where he manages a team of catalogers with responsibility for providing accurate and usable metadata for the university. As part of his work at Solent Library, he introduced innovative approaches to cataloging including writing cataloging workflows, RDA templates and normalization rules. He holds a PhD from the University of Portsmouth where he developed a theory of metadata enriching and filtering using a grounded theory method.
Getaneh is author of An Emergent Theory of Digital Library Metadata: Enrich then Filter (2015) and has published more than 20 peer-reviewed articles on metadata, digital libraries, and Web 2.0 technologies. He served as a member of IFLA's Linked Data Technical Sub-Committee (LIDATEC) and is an editorial board member of the Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies, and Journal of Digital Library Perspectives. As an honorary tutor at the Centre for Archives and Information Studies (CAIS) at the University of Dundee, Getaneh also teaches a module on metadata standards and information taxonomies.