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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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Core Metadata Standards Committee seeks feedback on assessment framework, open commenting through July 18

  • 1.  Core Metadata Standards Committee seeks feedback on assessment framework, open commenting through July 18

    Posted Jun 21, 2022 01:55 PM

    The ALA Core Metadata Standards Committee is developing a rubric to help information professionals evaluate metadata schemas in order to select one that  would best fit the needs of a given project.  A preliminary draft of the Metadata Schema Assessment Framework is ready for public review and feedback.

    The Committee identified several criteria that can be used to evaluate metadata schemas, including: ease of access, applicability, completeness, consistent representation, interoperability, understandability, rate of adoption, maintenance, and transparency, bias & engagement.  

    The rubric also contains levels for assessing the extent that a given schema meets each criterion from lowest (e.g., minimally acceptable) to highest (value added or most complex).

    If you work with metadata, the committee welcomes your feedback, including how useful this rubric would be in selecting a schema in your daily work, and suggestions for improvement.  

    Feedback can be given by commenting on sections within the draft itself, available on Google Drive at this address: and/or submitting comments and questions through a Google form:  

    Feedback on the draft can be given through July 18th. After feedback is collected the ALA Core Metadata Standards Committee will incorporate suggestions and recommendations into a final draft for publication.  

    Thank you,

    ALA Core Metadata Standards Committee

    Ayla Stein Kenfield, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

    Catherine Smith, University of Alabama

    Darnelle Melvin, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

    Erica Findley, Multnomah County Library

    Jeannette Ho, Texas A&M University

    Liz Woolcott, Utah State University

    Marina Morgan, Florida Southern College

    Meredith L. Hale, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

    Tina Herman Buck, University of Central Florida

    Jeannette Ho
    Cataloging/Metadata Librarian
    Texas A&M University Libraries