Metadata Interest: ALA Annual Report 2015

Metadata Standards Committee, June 28, 2015

Meeting at the American Library Association’s Annual meeting, 2015. Notes prepared for the Music Library Association Cataloging and Metadata Committee by Jim Soe Nyun.

Full agenda available online:

Outgoing members were thanked, new members welcomed.

Discussion of the Committee’s metadata information site:

  • They are interested in developing content for the site
  • Some content has been provided by the editor
  • Some LIS students have contributed blog posts
  • More postings from LIS students were on the way
  • There was discussion of editors copy-editing content that was contributed, and a conclusion that the content was in the form of blog postings, which could take various approaches to style

Checklist for Evaluating Metadata Standards (​​)

  • No movement on this since Midwinter
  • Proposed developing a new draft, with a title other than “Checklist”
  • New draft will be out in 30 days and open for comments, with a goal for having something for
    upcoming ALA Midwinter meeting in January

Discussion of the committee’s role in reviewing metadata standards

  • Confirmed interest in providing feedback on metadata standards that are being developed
  • Noted that giving good feedback is not a trivial process
  • Possible developments to look at: DPLA’s controlled vocabulary for rights and access, and
    BIBFRAME, including a critique of its heft in redefining concepts already available in other vocabularies