METRO & ACRL/NY Present: Change in the Digital Age: Metadata Trends for Libraries (Weds., Nov. 16)

Speaker: Rebecca Guenther

Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Metadata has become a key piece in managing and discovering information resources in the digital environment. This event is intended for professionals and students who are interested in learning about the current and future metadata environment in libraries and other cultural heritage institutions. The presenter will briefly review metadata standards and applications with a particular focus on digital resources and describe how they are changing as the availability of data on the Internet has exploded and new methods of finding resources have emerged. The program will highlight trends in the metadata arena, particularly focusing on descriptive and technical metadata standards and how changes might affect institutions creating and maintaining metadata for library and other resources.

Who should attend:

Librarians, archivists, and museum professionals who create or maintain metadata for their resources as well as students seeking to learn more about the use of metadata

By the end of this program, participants will:

– Gain an understanding of the changes in cataloging rules (RDA) and the bibliographic format (MARC) and how they might affect the metadata environment
– Explore types of metadata and their importance especially in management of information resources
– Understand how the Semantic Web and Linked Data enhance interoperability among metadata standards and how these new technologies might be relevant to cultural heritage institutions

About our speaker:

Rebecca Guenther has 35 years of experience in national libraries, primarily working on library technology standards related to digital libraries. Most of her professional life has been at the Library of Congress developing national and international standards related to metadata. She has served on numerous standards and implementation committees, several as chair, is widely published in professional literature, and has given many tutorials, workshops and presentations. She recently began to explore use of semantic web technology and the potential of linked data. She left the Library of Congress in August 2011 to work as a consultant on metadata development and planning.


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