Core Metadata Interest Group

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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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Register Now! "Metadata in Shared Digital Libraries," ALA Core Virtual Interest Group Week, March 4th at 10:00 CST

  • 1.  Register Now! "Metadata in Shared Digital Libraries," ALA Core Virtual Interest Group Week, March 4th at 10:00 CST

    Posted Feb 19, 2024 09:05 AM

    The Metadata Interest Group is pleased to host three presentations related to metadata in shared digital libraries during Core Interest Group Week. The program will take place on Monday, March 4, 2024, from 10:00-11:00 am Central Time

    The session is free to attend and open to the public; registration is required. Register at 

    Describing Our Members, Ourselves: Maintaining a Shared Controlled Vocabulary in Explore Chicago Collections

    The Chicago Collections Consortium hosts digital images and archival description collections from over 60 member institutions in Explore Chicago Collections, its online portal. In this session, members of the organization's Controlled Vocabulary Committee will discuss the process of building workflows and collaborating with other committees to maintain the portal's shared controlled vocabulary from the proposing of new terms and term categories, the process for accepting and changing terms, as well as communication about vocabularies with users and members.

    Presenters: Jessica BrodeFrank (University of Illinois at Chicago), Kate Flynn (University of Illinois at Chicago), Erin Matson (Chicago History Museum), and Gretchen Neidhardt (Northwestern University)

    Creating and Sharing Date Metadata

    Date metadata can be challenging with ambiguous and uncertain dates while trying to tackle platform limitations and facilitating searching and browsing. This session includes tips for creating and sharing date metadata with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) while considering nuances with specific platforms, including Samvera Hyrax, DSpace, and CONTENTdm. Guidance includes ISO 8601, the Extended Date/Time Format, and the W3C Date and Time Formats. 

    Presenter: Annamarie C. Klose (The Ohio State University Libraries)

    Developing a Metadata Application Profile Supporting Interoperability, Research, and Data Harvesting for a Digital Library of Music Sources

    The Sounding Spirit Digital Library (SSDL), an initiative of the Sounding Spirit Collaborative at Emory University's Center for Digital Scholarship, is a thematic research collection of 1,300 digitized books from seven contributing institutions. This presentation will discuss the development of the SSDL Metadata Application Profile (MAP), which supports the creation of robust metadata. The profile expands the project's reach by including fields corresponding to the requirements of three data sharing partners as well as fields of interest to researchers.

    Presenter: Jesse P. Karlsberg (Emory Center for Digital Scholarship and Emory University Department of Music)

    On behalf of the Metadata Interest Group,


    Melissa Zilic (she/her/hers)