Metadata Standards and Web Services in Libraries, Archives, and Museums
An Active Learning Resource
by Erik Mitchell
October 2015, 290pp, 7 x 10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-61069-449-0
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An invaluable resource for students and instructors that simplifies the process of getting up to speed with metadata and metadata-rich information systems.

Metadata in library information environments is evolving rapidly. This book provides readers with a set of tools for designing, developing, and implementing metadata-rich information systems while also examining the challenges and opportunities in this field.

As the world of library and information science has developed in the age of digital information, metadata and metadata-rich information systems have become increasingly important—and more complex and confusing. This book will enable students, instructors, and practitioners in the information science field to understand how these new systems and standards will impact their careers and professions.

Author Erik Mitchell explores definitions of information and presents an up-to-date consideration of user needs in information systems to provide necessary background before moving on to in-depth discussions of metadata, information organization practice, and information system design. Each chapter incorporates hands-on activities to complement the reading material, allowing readers to build technical skills alongside the important conceptual learning in this content area. Readers will gain conceptual understanding and skills that will allow them to analyze and transform structured data, develop metadata-rich information systems, and design systems with user needs and digital literacies in mind.

This book is intended for library and information science students taking information organization, metadata, or other core “digital cataloging” classes, but will also be highly useful for professionals seeking to learn the details of metadata systems and theory using a hands-on approach.


  • Takes a cross-disciplinary approach to the issues, trends, and technologies relevant in information communities such as libraries, archives, and museums
  • Presents grounded instruction that makes no assumptions about the technical expertise of the reader—perfect for new graduate students
  • Provides structured learning activities that dovetail theoretical learning with the acquisition of hands-on and technical understanding that is essential for real-world success in metadata and information system design
Erik Mitchell, PhD, is associate university librarian at the University of California, Berkeley. He formerly served as assistant professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. In addition to studying information technology adoption and use in libraries, Mitchell studies metadata issues and professional development in library and information science as well as library information technology, metadata use, and pedagogical approaches. He is author of Cloud-Based Services for Your Library and a columnist for Technical Services Quarterly. He holds a doctorate in information and library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master's degree in library science from the University of South Carolina, and a bachelor's degree in literature from Lenoir-Rhyne University.


"Graduate students and professionals in academic and public libraries, archives, and museums will find this book worthwhile as a resource for grasping the design principles that underlie web services in a cultural heritage context."—Technical Services Quarterly, October 6, 2016
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