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Cataloging & Metadata Services

Web page under review, Summer 2014


The mission of Cataloging and Metadata Services (CMS) is to facilitate the discovery and delivery of information resources in support of the research and teaching needs of the scholarly community by applying expertise in the description and organization of materials.


The Cataloging and Metadata Services division supports the scholarly community by providing services related to the description and delivery of library resources.  The division consists of a team of experts in the description and organization of materials in all formats and in a variety of metadata schema following international standards and best practices.  Given our history of cataloging information resources and providing metadata advice to the Cornell community and beyond, this staff is positioned to provide metadata production, transformation, and consulting services.  We also ensure the longevity of the metadata itself by following and recommending best practices in the use of file formats and schema for sharing, re-use, and digital preservation.



Metadata Consulting

Goals and Objectives

Provide expertise in the description of analog and digital materials.

  • Continue to provide cataloging and metadata production and consulting services to the Cornell community and beyond.
  • Continue implementation of RDA, including staff training.
  • Monitor evolving metadata standards (i.e. VRA Core, PREMIS, METS) and their local implications, with responsibilities for monitoring various standards distributed among staff.
  • Increase digital project expertise by diversifying traditional cataloging positions.
  • Prioritize delivery, discovery, and access (i.e. the end user) in discussions and decisions, and enhance the role of the division in discussions regarding discovery systems.
  • Work with special collections units to explore possibilities for collaboration regarding resource description and managing EAD metadata.

Review current projects and workflows within the division.

  • Evaluate and prioritize projects and program commitments (Euclid, NACO, PCC, etc.).
  • Evaluate cataloging tools and the efficiency of working in Voyager vs. OCLC Connexion.
  • Investigate in- and outsourcing opportunities for specific languages and materials.
  • Provide effective support for existing workflows.
  • Continue to investigate sources of revenue for production and consulting work.

Enhance staff expertise within the division.

  • Assess existing language, subject, metadata, and leadership expertise within the division.
  • Utilize language expertise by expanding support for non-CJK vernacular scripts.
  • Leverage staffing opportunities to fit with new culture and research possibilities.
  • Plan training sessions to increase staff knowledge of emerging standards (i.e. RDA) and metadata formats (i.e. XML).

Ensure that CUL is maximizing opportunities related to authorities.

  • Perform environmental scan of authorities-related research and projects outside CUL.
  • Perform evaluation of current LTS authorities-related practices and workflows.
  • Assess local authorities-related possibilities involving geo-coordinates, linked data, and new standards (i.e. EAC-CPF).

Contribute to the visual resources initiatives of CUL in support of teaching, learning, and research.

  • Continue implementation of ARTstor SharedShelf.
  • Continue training of visual resources catalogers.
  • Contribute to CUL and national discussions related to visual resources.

Contribute to the data curation initiatives of CUL in support of teaching, learning, and research.

  • Clarify the role of LTS in CUL research data projects, committees, and initiatives.
  • Contribute to CUL and national discussions related to research data.

Participate in collaborations inside and outside of Cornell in support of building partnerships to serve faculty and student needs.

  • Continue dialogue with cataloging and metadata staff at Columbia University Library as part of the 2CUL initiative.
  • Pursue opportunities for collaborative cataloging based on subject and language expertise.
  • Identify additional avenues for collaboration and the sharing of ideas and practices.




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