Mark your calendars: September meeting

Mark you calendars for our September meeting (click on the calendar icon to add this meeting to your Outlook calendar):

Add this event to your Outlook calendarTuesday, September 13, 9:30—10:30 am
Wells Library 3rd floor Staff Lounge (East Tower)

In this introductory meeting, we will discuss what the group wishes to accomplish this year. However, we’ll save some time at the end for an open-floor sharing session. Bring your metadata news, project updates, etc. to share with the group!

New year, new blog!

Welcome to the new and improved MDG blog! Shiny, no?

DUX gave us a new home hosted by IUB Libraries (thank you!) and migrated all of the content over from our old Blogger blog. Everything seems to be in order but if you spot something wonky, please let me know using the Contact form.

There are a bunch of resources I’d like to add: a ‘metadata-in-the-news’ column, a bibliography area, links, etc . Want something else? Please send suggestions.

I hope to post the fall schedule next week. Keep an eye on the Meetings page for updates. Don’t forget to update your feed readers with our new RSS feed:

First meeting!

* Written by Jenn Riley *

The first meeting of the newly formed Metadata Discussion Group is coming up soon! Two weeks prior to each Metadata Discussion Group meeting, we will distribute an article on a metadata-related issue that all who plan to attend are encouraged to read. At the discussion group session, we will engage in informal conversation and analysis about the points raised in the article. Details regarding the November meeting and the article we will be discussing are below. We hope to see you there!

Date: Nov. 27, 2007
Time: 10-11 AM
Place: Wells Library Staff Lounge, 3rd floor East tower
Topic: What is metadata and why is it important to me?
Article to discuss: Gilliand, Anne J. “Setting the Stage.” In Introduction to Metadata: Pathways to Digital Information, ed. Murtha Baca. Online edition, version 2.1. Available from

Announcing the Metadata Discussion Group

* Written by Jenn Riley *

The IUB Libraries is starting a new “Metadata Discussion Group,” which will meet monthly to discuss an article relating to a current metadata topic. The group has no formal “membership” – discussions are open to anyone from the Libraries, SLIS, or elsewhere on campus who is interested in the topic under discussion. Come join us for lively collaborative conversation about diverse topics in metadata, both broad and detailed. A citation for the article to be discussed will be distributed two weeks before each Metadata Discussion Group meeting, to give participants time to read articles prior to the group discussion.

Metadata Discussion Group sessions are scheduled for the last Tuesday of the month, from 10-11 AM, in the Wells Library Staff Lounge, 3rd floor East tower. The first meeting will be November 27, 2007. The topic for this meeting will be “What is metadata and why is it important to me?” A citation to a specific article covering this topic will be distributed soon. At the November meeting we will also discuss possible future topics for Metadata Discussion group sessions.

Announcements for Metadata Discussion Group meetings will be widely distributed; however, we have also created a dedicated email list for the group. This list will provide a forum for more detailed information about the group, and communication between those interested in its activities. To join the email list, send the following in the body of an message (not the subject) to

subscribe metadata-discuss-l

The Metadata Discussion Group is sponsored by the IUB Libraries Technical Services Advisory Council (TSAC). Comments, questions, or ideas for discussion topics or articles can be sent to Jenn Riley, Metadata Librarian, at or the chair of the TSAC, Lynda Clendenning, at

More information on the Metadata Discussion Group can be found at <>.

Jenn Riley, Metadata Librarian
Lynda Clendenning, Chair, Technical Services Advisory Council