NRMIG panel at 2008 ALA Midwinter Meeting

At Midwinter, NRMIG will be offering the following panel, which will be followed by our business meeting; all are welcome to attend. Thanks in advance to the speakers for agreeing to share their work with us, and to NRMIG members Joanna Burgess and Erin Stalberg for organizing the panel.

Networked Resources and Metadata Interest Group
Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008, 8:00-10:00 am
Four Seasons Philadelphia, Ballroom South

• Maureen Walsh, Ohio State University
Topic: Institutional Repository Metadata
• Amy Jackson ( & Myung-Ja Han), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Topic: Changes in Interoperability of Dublin Core Metadata Records Over Time
• Kristin Martin, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Topic: Building a Collection of Electronic Theses and Dissertations: Metadata Issues and Lessons Learned

Maureen Walsh, Metadata Librarian, Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University Libraries
Topic: Institutional Repository Metadata

Walsh will speak on the work she does as a Metadata Librarian for the Ohio State University’s Institutional Repository (The Knowledge Bank). In presenting on institutional repository metadata, she will discuss some of the following issues: metadata schemes; crosswalking (for example, harvesting metadata from our library catalog to ingest in our repository using crosswalks); data normalization; harvesting from the viewpoint of shareable metadata; metadata displays and user interfaces; technical and preservation metadata. In particular, she will present how she uses customized metadata displays and user interfaces for individual communities of submitters (author self-archiving) to add a measure of data control in our institutional repository in the interests of both quality metadata and shareable metadata.

Amy Jackson ( & Myung-Ja Han), Project Coordinator, IMLS Digital Collections and Content, University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign
Topic: Changes in Interoperability of Dublin Core Metadata Records Over Time

The past decade has seen increased interest in and awareness of metadata quality issues relevant to digital library interoperability and the use of harvested metadata. Advice for creating shareable metadata has been presented in several venues, and metadata should be improving in shareable qualities over time. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) analyzed Dublin Core metadata records harvested through OAI-PMH for two metadata aggregations hosted by the UIUC library to determine if metadata are becoming more shareable. Records created over a period of five years were analyzed for quantitative and qualitative changes over time in shareable metadata quality as well as general crosswalking errors, and findings show little change over time. This presentation will focus on harvested metadata, crosswalking, and interoperability of metadata records in an aggregated environment. It will give the audience a concrete data point as to the current state of metadata practice and highlight shareable metadata issues still needing to be addressed by practitioners.

Kristin Martin, Electronic Resources Cataloger, Catalog Department, UNC Chapel Hill
Topic: Building a Collection of Electronic Theses and Dissertations: Metadata Issues and Lessons Learned

The University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are responsible for providing access to electronic theses and dissertations submitted by students as part of the requirements of the Graduate School. Beginning in Spring 2006, electronic submission of theses was presented as a option to students, and starting in Spring 2008, electronic submission will be mandatory. The University Library and Health Sciences Library traditionally have been responsible for the cataloging of theses, and have continued to hold this responsibility in the electronic realm. The Libraries have developed an online collection to provide access to the electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) as well as continuing to provide access through the catalog. The collection, which resides in CONTENTdm along with many other digital projects, uses an expanded version of Dublin Core to describe the documents.
This presentation will focus on the descriptive metadata standard UNC developed to describe the ETDs, and how that scheme was developed while trying to meet the requirements of a national ETD program, be consistent with other local digital collections’ metadata, and accommodate previous cataloging practice for paper dissertations and theses. It will also go through the process used to map the metadata records into MARC for loading into the catalog, the reasons for choosing to crosswalk from Dublin Core to MARC rather than the other direction, and some of the lessons learned in the mapping process.

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