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1st Edition

A Cataloger's Primer

ISBN 9780789028013
Published November 17, 2005 by Routledge
312 Pages

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Book Description

Find out what makes metadata an exciting addition to resource description

Metadata: A Cataloger’s Primer provides catalog librarians and students with a comprehensive instructional resource on the ongoing convergence of cataloging and metadata. Equally valuable in the classroom and as a professional reference tool, this unique book serves as an introduction to the concepts of metadata within bibliographic contexts, demonstrating the potential for resource description. The book introduces various metadata schemes, including the Dublin Core, Encoded Archival Description (EAD), and Extensive Markup Language (XML), and discusses how to plan and implement a metadata-driven digital library.

Metadata: A Cataloger’s Primer is more than a mere introduction to metadata applications and management. The book’s contributors present basic operational definitions, an outline of the evolution of metadata in the cataloging community, and a discussion of basic metadata techniques, calling on hard-earned knowledge gained from their experiences as educators working in cataloging and metadata applications. They provide work forms, work plans, and practical examples that demonstrate the application of metadata for resource description and depository development.

Metadata: A Cataloger’s Primer examines:

  • data structures
  • MODAL (metadata objectives and principles, domains, and architectural layout) framework
  • literary displacement
  • knowledge domains
  • discourse communities
  • information ecologies
  • personal metadata
  • electronic resources
  • authorship attributes
  • cultural information resources
  • instantiation
  • data modeling
  • DTD (document type definition)
  • digital libraries
  • and much more!
Metadata: A Cataloger’s Primer is an invaluable learning resource filled with introductory and theoretical material, original research, and instructive material for cataloging librarians and students.

Table of Contents

  • Introducing Metadata (Richard P. Smiraglia)
  • Understanding Metadata and Metadata Schemes (Jane Greenberg)
  • Metadata and Bibliographic Control: Soul-Mates or Two Solitudes? (Lynne C. Howarth)
  • Metadata, Metaphor, and Metonymy (D. Grant Campbell)
  • An Exploratory Study of Metadata Creation in a Health Care Agency (Leatrice Ferraioli)
  • The Defining Element—A Discussion of the Creator Element Within Metadata Schemas (Jennifer Cwiok)
  • Content Metadata—An Analysis of Etruscan Artifacts in a Museum of Archeology (Richard P. Smiraglia)
  • From Cataloging to Metadata: Dublin Core Records for the Library Catalog (Anita S. Coleman)
  • Metadata Standards for Archival Control: An Introduction to EAD and EAC (Alexander C. Thurman)
  • Introduction to XML (Patrick Yott)
  • METS: The Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (Linda Cantara)
  • Planning and Implementing a Metadata-Driven Digital Repository (Michael A. Chopey)
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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