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Program Slides: We've Gone MAD

Presentation slides from the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group Meeting at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference  in San Francisco are available below as attachments (pdf and pptx formats available).

We’ve gone MAD: launching a Metadata Analysis & Design unit at the University of Virginia Library

Ivey Glendon, University of Virginia Library


At the University of Virginia Library, a library-wide re-organization of departments and services has provided the opportunity to evaluate activity focused on description and discovery of library materials, as well as metadata consultation services in the Library and University.

This presentation will focus on how the U.Va. Library has re-imagined metadata services functions to give rise to a new unit: Metadata Analysis & Design (MAD). MAD, one of three new metadata units in the Library, is staffed by five metadata specialists with diverse areas of interest from across the former organization. The creation of this unit has required significant training for staff (including workshops and bootcamps) to ensure a consistent level of understanding of both MARC and non-MARC metadata principles and practices, a multi-part “orientation to systems” focusing on metadata creation and design across systems (ILS, ArchivesSpace, Avalon, and various institutional repositories), and significant overlap with new Library units such as the new Digital Content Management & Dissemination unit. Though emergent, the new MAD unit has enabled metadata specialists to respond more holistically to requests for expertise from both colleagues inside the library and researchers within the University.