Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Metadata and Description for Digital Special Collections

Instructor: Elliot Williams

Dates: March 2nd through 29th, 2020

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Price: $175


Methods and standards for metadata and description for unique digital collections are varied and present digital curators, catalogers and metadata librarians with a wide array of options, which can at times seem daunting. This course is designed to give the student an overview of current standards, schemas and applications of medatada models designed for the description and organization of digital collections, whether they be in materials in an institutional repository or digital special collections. We begin by exploring theory and current trends in description of digital collections, then delve into the standards and schemas most commonly adopted, and finally end with an overview of applications of metadata schemas in order to build a digital curation program that is right for the task at hand, including the use of organizational, descriptive and preservation metadata in a repository environment.

Course goals:

  • Gain an understanding of the current metadata schemas and data models used in digital curation settings
  • Understand how to evaluate digital collections and select and design an appropriate data model
  • Explore ethical issues surrounding the selection and implementation of metadata schema and legal, copyright and access metadata for digital cultural heritage collections

This course can be taken as one of six courses needed to earn our Certificate in Digital Curation, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.

This course can be taken as one of eight courses needed to earn our Certificate in Cataloging and Technical Services, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.

Elliot Williams

Elliot Williams is the Digital Initiatives Metadata Librarian at the University of Miami, where he manages metadata for the libraries’ unique digital resources. Elliot has over five years of experience with cataloging and metadata, working with a variety of systems, materials, and schemas. He holds an MS in Information Studies, with a focus on archives and records management, from the University of Texas at Austin and an MA in American History from the University of Miami.

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

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