I’ve been asked to do a four/six presentation on our metadata tool project for the OLE Regional Workshop Tuesday. Here are my slides and presentation notes.
I like (love?) to point out that I started at Duke just over six years ago, and when I did, my job title was the only thing in the library with metadata in its name. [See here where I pointed this out before.]
The situation has changed. Now Duke has:
- Two metadata librarians (one from RMBSCL tech services, one from Cataloging)
- Metadata Advisory Group (includes heads of RBMSCL Tech Services and Cataloging)
- metadata support in the library’s strategic plan
- Cataloging -> Cataloging & Metadata Services
Mwahahaha! My diabolical plan is proceeding according to schedule!
The change is largely driven by:
- Digitization but also …
- Finding databases
First Law of Metadata: Librarians create metadata
- ILS model breaking down, but metadata continues to flow, like water to the sea
- “It’s all metadata.”
Yet we have no platform for collecting metadata.
- ad hoc: spreadsheets, relational databases, structured text, markup
- we secured strategic funding
- committee, environmental scan, requirements, recommendations [Spring 2008]
Metadata Tool Project
- Support for digitization and finding db’s (digital collections)
- Hired two developers for 2-year term appointments starting in the new year
For more on the project, see here.
Big ideas. Think beyond support for dc program and
- harness power of the first law?
- work at consortium level?
- solve everything?
For some blue-sky thinking, see here.
What are your ideas? Let us know.