ALCTS Metadata Interest Group

Metadata Interest Group ALAAC16 Program & Business Meeting

  • 1.  Metadata Interest Group ALAAC16 Program & Business Meeting

    Posted Jun 12, 2016 05:58 PM

    Join the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group in Orlando for our meeting at ALA Annual 2016 at the Orange County Convention Center, Room W102A. We will have two presentations (see below) followed by our business meeting and election. Please join us!

    Diverse and Inclusive Metadata: Developing Cultural Competencies in Descriptive Practices, part 2

    Digital items can be misrepresented when the people cataloging them don’t have a background in the cultural contexts from which they originate. How are metadata creators developing methods to encourage the creation of metadata that represents diverse points of view? How does using sources of authority control such as LCSH contribute to misrepresentation of cultural heritage materials? This program provides a discussion venue for ideas to promote cultural competencies and inclusivity in the metadata process. Sponsored by ALCTS Metadata Interest Group. Co-Sponsored by Black Caucus of ALA (BCALA), National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA), Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA), American Indian Library Association (AILA), and the Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT).


    1. Digital Library North: Engaging with communities to develop culturally appropriate and aware Metadata

    Presenter: Sharon Farnel, University of Alberta


    Digital Library North ( is a four year collaboration between researchers at the University of Alberta Edmonton, Canada), staff at the Inuvialuit Cultural Resource Centre in Inuvik, Canada, and communities within the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR) Northwest Territories, Canada to develop a digital library infrastructure to support access to cultural resources. A key objective of the project is to work with the communities to develop a culturally appropriate metadata framework for resource description and discovery. We are seeking to define and develop a culturally appropriate metadata framework through multiple parallel processes: a) investigation and critical examination of the scholarly literature around cultural approaches to metadata, b) examination and assessment of the characteristics of the proposed content of the digital library, c) close collaboration with community members to understand the metadata elements important to meeting their information needs, and d) design of metadata based on information seeking behaviours of community members.

    In this session, we will a report on early investigations into the literature of culturally relevant metadata, b) discuss the results of early engagement - interviews, surveys, information audits - with the communities and assessment of sample digital library content, c) describe how this influenced the initial metadata design and application to sample materials, d) and discuss the processes for taking the design and application to the communities for testing and feedback.


    2. Creating Inclusive and Discoverable Metadata: Practices at Fresno State 

    Presenter: Tiewei Liu, California State University, Fresno


    Today, it is very important that academic libraries make efforts to increase cultural inclusiveness and cross-cultural discoverability in their metadata services. This presentation introduces such efforts to be made in the new institutional repository services at the Henry Madden Library of the California State University, Fresno, a highly diverse campus with a lot of faculty and students with international background.

    In this presentation, the speaker will share the experiences and best practices in creating inclusive and discoverable metadata in Fresno State's institutional repository hosted by DSpace. This collaborative project involves faculty and students to join in metadata creation and implementing authority control. The presenter will also share the conceptualization for this process. Attendees will learn concepts and methods applicable to metadata creation and management in other settings as well.