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May 7, 2018
Summary of May 7 Libraries In-house Institute session

April 25, 2018
Bias in Metadata
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March 22, 2018
Facts in Metadata
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May 8, 2017
Toward Inclusive Metadata Practice

November 18, 2016
3D Metadata

September 20, 2016
Paths to a Linked Data Catalog


April 5, 2016
Moving from MODS to usable RDF

March 8, 2016
Metadata Round Robin Updates


Past, Present, Future: Understanding Technological Contexts for Metadata Creation at IUB Libraries

May 12, 2015
Part III: Where might we end up?

April 7, 2015
Part II: Where are we now?

March 10, 2015
Part I: Where have we been?

December 9, 2014
Structural Metadata for Time-based Media

November 11, 2014
Metadata and Discovery Layers

October 14, 2014
Problems with Authority: Library, Archives, and Identity Management


April 15, 2014
Prepping for BIBFRAME: It’s Time for a Remodel!

March 25, 2014
The Business of Metadata

February 18, 2014
Indecent Exposure: Revealing Shareable Metadata for Complex Research Objects

December 17, 2013
Metadata Strategies for Digitization and Preservation Projects

November 19, 2013
Party with SNAC[ks]! Services Powered by Authority Data

October 15, 2013
Prepping for BIBFRAME: Smart[er] RDA Implementation


April 30, 2013
Tools for Metadata Creation and Discovery

April 2, 2013
RDA & the Future of Library Data

March 5, 2013
Metadata for archival materials
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February 5, 2013

January , 2013
Preservation Metadata

October 30, 2012
Metadata for Sights &  Sounds

October 2, 2012
One-to-One Principle: Practice or Pipe Dream?

September 4, 2012
Metadata at IU Libraries InfoShare
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May 1, 2012
Bowen, J. & Schreur P. E. (2012). Linked data for libraries: Why should we care? Where should we start? CNI Spring 2012 Project Briefings. Retrieved from Coalition for Networked Information website:
Schreur, P. Linked data as transformation. Powerpoint and paper
Bowen, J. Linked-data ready software for libraries: the eXtensible Catalog (XC). Powerpoint

April 3, 2012
Social Metadata for LAMs Facebook page:

March 6, 2012
Smith-Yoshimura, K. (2009). Social metadata [PDF document of PowerPoint slides]. Retrieved from 2009 Annual RLG Partnership Meeting Agenda site:
Holley, R. & Smith-Yoshimura, K. (2010). Social metadata for libraries, archives and museums: Research findings from the RLG Partners Social Metadata Working Group [Slideshare slides]. Retrieved from OCLC Sharing and Aggregating Social Metadata site:
RLG Partners Social Metadata Working Group. Parts I, II, and III of the report are available on the OCLC Sharing and Aggregating Social Metadata site:

February 2012
Various news items. See the meeting announcement for links.

January 10, 2012
W3C. (2011, January 25). XML in 10 points. Retrieved from
Morgan, E. L. (2008, May 18). XML in libraries: A workshop.
W3School. XML tutorial. Retrieved from

December 6, 2011
Marcum, D. (2011, October 31 ). A Bibliographic Framework for the Digital Age. Retrieved from
BIBFRAME Archives. Retrieved from

November 8, 2011
Cohen, D. (2008). Introducing Omeka. Digital Humanities Blog. Retrieved from
Kucsma, J., Reiss, K. & Sidman, A. (2010). Using Omeka to build digital collections: The METRO case study. D-Lib Magazine, 16(3/4). Retrieved from

October 11, 2011
Riley, J. (2009). Seeing standards: A visualization of the metadata universe. Retrieved from
Coyle, K. (2011). On the web, of the web : LITA 2011 keynote. Retrieved from
Multimedia Lab, ELIS — Ghent University. (Producer). Introductory video. Free Your Metadata. Retrieved from

September 2011
No supplemental resources for this month.
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May 19, 2011
Greenberg, J. (2007). Advancing the semantic web via library functions. Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 43(3), 203-225.

April 14, 2011
Riley, J., & Shepherd, K. (2009). A brave new world: Archivists and shareable descriptive metadata. The American Archivist, 72(1), 91-112.

March 10, 2011
Doctorow, C. (2001). Metacrap: Putting the torch to seven straw-men of the meta-utopia. Retrieved from
Ardö, A. (2010). Can we trust web page metadata? Journal of Library Metadata, 10(1), 58-74. Retrieved from
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February 3, 2011
Ascher, J. P. (Fall 2009). Progressing toward bibliography; or, organic growth in the bibliographic record. RBM: a Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage, 10(2).  Retrieved from
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November 11, 2010
Bowen, J. (2010). Moving library metadata toward linked data: Opportunities provided by the eXtensible catalog. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications, edited by Diane I. Hillman and Michael Lauruhn, 44-59. Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, Pittsburgh, October 20-22, 2010. Retrieved from

October 7, 2010
Singer, R. (2009). Linked library data now! Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 21(2), 114-126.

September 7, 2010
Harper, C. A. (2010). Dublin Core Metadata Initiative: Beyond the element set. Information Standards Quarterly, 22(1). Retrieved from


May 20, 2010
Coyle, K. (2010). RDA Vocabularies for a twenty-first-century data environment. Library Technology Reports, 46, (2/3).

April 15, 2010
Coyle, K. (2010). Understanding the semantic web: Bibliographic data and metadata. Library Technology Reports, 46(1).

March 11, 2010
Summers, E., Isaac, A., Redding, C., & Krech, D. (2008). LCSH, SKOS and linked data. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications, DC-2008. Retrieved from

February 18, 2010
Hillmann, D., Coyle, K., Phipps, J., & Dunsire, G. (2010). RDA Vocabularies: Process, outcome, use. D-Lib Magazine, 16(1/2). Retrieved from

January 21, 2010
Yee, M. M. (2009). Can bibliographic data be put directly onto the semantic web? Information Technology and Libraries, 28(2), 55-80.

December 17, 2009
Nilsson, M., Johnston, P., Naeve, A., & Powell, A. (2006). Towards an interoperability framework for metadata standards. In Metadata for Knowledge and Learning: Proceedings of DC-2006, Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico, 3-6 October 2006. Retrieved from

November 19, 2009
Bowen, J. (2008). Metadata to support next-generation library resource discovery: Lessons from the eXtensible Catalog, phase 1. Information Technology and Libraries 27(2), 6-19.

October 15, 2009
Nunberg, G. Google Books: A metadata train wreck. Language Log blog, August 29, 2009. Retrieved from *Be sure to read at least the first few comments, specifically the second comment left by Jon Orwant (Google engineer on the GBS team) on September 1, 2009 @ 1:51 am.
Nunberg, G. Google’s Book Search: A disaster for scholars. The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 31, 2009. Retrieved from
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September 17, 2009
Schaffner, J. (2009). The metadata is the interface: Better description for better discovery of archives and special collections. Report produced by OCLC Research. Retrieved from
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May 28, 2009
Smith-Yoshimura, K. (2009). Networking names. Report produced by OCLC Research. Retrieved from
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April 23, 2009
Nellhaus, T. (2001). XML, TEI, and digital libraries in the humanities. portal: Libraries and the Academy, 1(3), 257-277.
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March 26, 2009
Allinson, J., Johnston, P., & Powell, A. (2007). A Dublin Core Application Profile for scholarly works. Ariadne, 50.
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February 12, 2009
Alexander, A., & Meehleib, T. (2001). The Thesaurus for Graphic Materials: Its history, use, and future. Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 31(3/4), 189-212.
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January 29, 2009
Freeland, C., Kalfatovic, M., Paige, J., & Crozier, M. (2008). Geocoding LCSH in the Biodiversity Heritage Library. Code4Lib Journal, 5. Retrieved from
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December 18, 2008
Kurth, M., Ruddy, D., & Rupp, N. (2004). Repurposing MARC metadata: Using digital project experience to develop a metadata management design. Library Hi Tech, 22(2), 153-165.
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November 20, 2008
Cundiff, M. V. (2004). An introduction to the Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS). Library Hi Tech, 22(1), 52-64.
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October 16, 2008
Eklund, J. (2007). Herding cats: CCO, XML, and the VRA Core. VRA Bulletin, 34(1), 45-68.
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September 20, 2008
Greenberg, J. (2005). Understanding metadata and metadata schemes. Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 40(3/4), 17-36.
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May 27, 2008
Hagedorn, K., Chapman, S., & Newman, D. (2007). Enhancing search and browse using automated clustering of subject metadata. D-Lib Magazine, 13(7/8). Retrieved from
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April 22, 2008
Borbinha, J. (2004). Authority control in the world of metadata. Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 38(3/4), 105-116.
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March 18, 2008
Yakel, E., Shaw, S., & Reynolds, P. (2007). Creating the next generation archival finding aids. D-Lib Magazine, 13(5/6). Retrieved from
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February 26, 2008
Chapman, J. (2007). The roles of the metadata librarian in a research library. Library Resources & Technical Services, 51(4), 279-285.
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January 29, 2008
Elings, M. W., & Waibel, G. (2007). Metadata for all: Descriptive standards and netadata sharing across libraries, archives and museums. First Monday, 12(3). Retrieved from
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November 27, 2007
Gilliand, A. J. Setting the stage. In Baca, M. (Ed.), Introduction to metadata: Pathways to digital information. Retrieved from
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