Metadata and Its Applications in the Digital Library
Approaches and Practices
by Jia Liu
July 2007, 212pp, 7x10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-59158-306-6
$45, £35, 40€, A62

An overview of concepts, approaches and practices currently in use around the world.

Jia Liu tackles the unruly world of metadata development and implementation through a state-of-the-art overview of major theoretical issues and exemplary practices. Part one of her book elaborates on the general and latest knowledge about metadata and its implementations. Part two discusses an international array of metadata-related practices, projects and applications in the digital library.


    While the concept of metadata predates the Internet, worldwide interest in its standards and practices is directly linked to the increase in electronic publishing and digital libraries. Yet questions remain, such as:
  • What form should these standards take?
  • Who gets to develop them?
  • How will they do so and how, in turn, will they be implemented?


"...the book will serve as an excellent snapshot of the library metadata landscape in the early years of this century."—Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, March 1, 2009

"Undoubtedly, this book brings together an interesting and valuable collection of material relating to metadata and its application within library and information systems. It is well structured, logically organised and contains a useful collection of references to ongoing work in this area. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to find out more about this valuable and challenging area of research and development."—The Electronic Library, August 13, 2009

"This book should be of interest to anyone involved with metadata and digital libraries. Researchers, librarians and other practitioners using metadata should find the information in the book very useful. Furthermore, the book could also be a fruitful reference source for students. The book is written on a level that would appeal to both novices and more experienced metadata practitioners."—Library Hi Tech, October 9, 2009
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