Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

The Mechanics of Metadata

Instructor: Grace Agnew

Dates: Not currently scheduled

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Price: $175

This course will focus on the practical mechanics of metadata, beginning with a survey of current metadata standards and practices and the evaluation of effective metadata at use in different information environments. Students will learn the mechanics of metadata by designing a metadata schema to support a specific user community and information need. Students will build a metadata registry, design controlled vocabularies, and construct an XML schema to document their metadata. Students will learn to develop and apply an application profile for a commonly used metadata schema to support a specific digital collection. The course will also introduce students to emerging metadata standards and protocols, such as linked data and paradata. At the end of the course, students will be able to effectively design and apply metadata to meet their institution's needs.

Grace Agnew

Grace Agnew is Associate University Librarian for Digital Library Systems at the Rutgers University Libraries. She has been an adjunct professor in the Library Information Science program at Rutgers University since 2005, where she developed and taught the course, Metadata for the Information Professional. She is co-author of Getting Mileage Out of Metadata (ALA, 1999) and Digital Rights Management: A Librarians’ Guide to Technology and Practice (Chandos Press, 2008). Interview with Grace Agnew

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.

Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.