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Cataloging Norms Interest Group

When: 
Saturday, June 29, 2013
10:30 am to 11:30 am, US/Central

Jennifer Eustis
Pushing the Boundaries of Metadata in a Hybrid Department

The Resource Access Team at the University of Connecticut Libraries has been involved with digital initiatives for quite some time. Most notably, UCL acquired two vendor products to respond to the rise in digital projects: Digital Commons from BePress and ContentDM from OCLC. On the one hand, the role of the catalog/metadata librarians with Digital Commons was and remains limited to creating and editing metadata in certain series. Their role with ContentDM was, on the other hand, to create and edit metadata and determine which Dublin Core fields to implement. Despite this larger role with ContentDM, the project was seen by many outside the team to be too MARC and AACR2 focused leading to problems with search, discovery and machine readable data. This approach radically changed with two newly formed committees: eScience and the Second Generation Digital Repository. Administration and staff saw the need for metadata beyond Dublin Core, metadata templates, and creating and editing metadata in forms. In light of this new perspective on metadata, I saw an opportunity to push the boundaries of the role played by the cataloger/metadata librarians at UCL. In this presentation, I will discuss these opportunities presented by these new projects at UCL and the challenges they present for those hoping to push the boundaries in a hybrid department.

Karen Snow:
Accurate and Complete Cataloging: An Examination of Quality Cataloging Definitions

In a recent study of quality cataloging definitions amongst academic catalogers, the words "accurate" and "complete" were the most commonly used adjectives to describe quality cataloging. The exact meaning of these descriptors were often open to interpretation. For example, if a quality bibliographic record must be "accurate," does that mean the information must not contain typographical errors? Must the information be a truthful representation of the item in-hand? Must the information be correctly described according to AACR2 or RDA? Or, perhaps all of these were meant when "accurate" was used? "Complete" is also an ambiguous term that can be defined differently from one cataloger to the next. This presentation will provide an overview of what is meant by "accurate" and "complete" cataloging within the cataloging literature and explain why it is important for all catalogers and their institutions to explore and define these terms at the local level.

Phillip Collins:
Metadata as copyright management information in digital files

An increasing amount of content in today’s society flows through social networks. Some of this content is user-generated; some of it is pre-existing content. Much of this material is protected by copyright. When content is passed from site to site and user to user, it can become difficult to ascertain the identity of the original copyright owner. Digital images can prove particularly troublesome for a user seeking permission to use a copyrighted work.

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