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Purpose: Provides a broad framework for information exchange on current research developments, tools, and activities affecting networked information resources and metadata; coordinates and actively participates in the development and review of standards concerning networked resources and metadata in conjunction with the divisions' committees and sections, other units within ALA, and relevant outside agencies; and develops programs and fosters and sponsors education and training opportunities that contribute to and enhance an understanding of networked resources and metadata, their identity, content, technology, access, control, and use; and plans and monitors activities using Core's strategic and tactical plan as a framework.

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This interest group is part of Core's Metadata and Collections Section.

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Deadline extended to January 21st: Call for proposals and speakers at ALA Core Metadata Interest Group Week

  • 1.  Deadline extended to January 21st: Call for proposals and speakers at ALA Core Metadata Interest Group Week

    Posted Jan 14, 2022 10:41 AM

    The ALA Core Metadata Interest Group seeks speakers to present at its meeting during the ALA Core Virtual Interest Group Week, held from March 7-11, 2022 

    Accessible and inclusive metadata and cataloging principles can ensure that online content is free of barriers for the broadest audience possible. Visual, auditory, speech, physical, cognitive, and/or neurological limitations may affect how users perceive and access your metadata and decrease their ability to find the information they need. Unless there is metadata denoting that a video is closed captioned, for example, this feature will go undiscovered. Metadata that reduces barriers to information is crucial to ensuring that accessible content is findable for people with disabilities, and its benefits can extend to the larger audience. Have you implemented accessibility metadata or added accessible fields to your MARC records to better suit a broader audience? Are you experimenting with new approaches to metadata accessibility? If so, we want to hear from you! Consider submitting your proposal for a 15 minute presentation at the Core Metadata Interest Group session, followed by discussion. 


    Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

    • Metadata that supports accessibility
    • Adoption and/or application of new fields for accessibility
    • MARC fields for accessibility information


    The Metadata Interest Group meeting will take place during the 2022 ALA Core Virtual Interest Group Week on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, from 2:00-3:00 pm Eastern Time (11:00am-:12:00pm Pacific Time).


    Please submit your proposal by emailing the Interest Group's Programming Co-chairs, Sharon Reidt and Elizabeth Padilla, by Friday, January 21st, 2022. The presenters will be notified of decisions by Friday, January 28th. 

     Your proposal should include the following:


    The name, email, job title and affiliated institution of the presenter(s), the title of the presentation, and an abstract not to exceed 300 words. 


    If you have any questions, feel free to contact Sharon Reidt ( or Elizabeth Padilla (, Core MIG Programming Co-Chairs. 

    Joan Wang
    East Asian/Chinese Studies Librarian
    Washington University in Saint Louis