Metadata Management Tools

Tuesday, 10/23/2018 - Tuesday, 11/6/2018
  • 2:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM (Pacific)
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Metadata Management Tools is an asynchronous, online course designed for library staff who regularly work manipulating MARC and metadata sets or library school students interested in the subject of metadata management. The course presumes prior knowledge of metadata/dataset formatting, but no prior knowledge of coding or software skills (with the exception of Microsoft Excel) is needed. Over the course of three hour-long lessons, students will be introduced to tools such as OpenRefine, Regular Expressions, MarcEdit, and Python/Pymarc. Lessons will include video tutorials w/ transcripts, practice problems, and opportunities for students to ask questions/collaborate with each other to workshop problems they may be facing in their jobs. Students will walk away from the class with an understanding of the tools available to them for metadata management, example use cases for each tool, and the resources available to them if they would like to further their knowledge or have specific questions regarding any of these tools.

This is a blended format web course:

The course will be delivered as 3 separate live webinar lectures, one per week on Tuesday October 23 and then repeating Tuesdays, October 30, and November 6 at 1:00 pm Central time. You do not have to attend the live lectures in order to participate. The webinars will be recorded and distributed through the web course platform for asynchronous participation. The web course space will also contain the exercises and discussions for the course.


  • Students will develop/deepen their understanding of the metadata management tools that exist.
  • Students will be able to determine which tool suits their needs in different metadata clean up scenarios.
  • Students will feel well-equipped to face similar data clean up projects in their jobs.

Who Should Attend

Library staff/students that regularly work with managing MARC data or metadata sets.


Kelsey George

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Kelsey George is the Cataloging & Metadata Strategies Librarian at UNLV. She has four years of experiences as an intern, a library assistant, and librarian working to create and clean MARC data/metadata. As her work has evolved to working with more substantial datasets, Kelsey has found it takes a variety of tools to manipulate metadata and that it isn't always easy to determine the best tool for the job without plenty of trial and error. She has run library coding sessions and a Coding Camp For Kids in the past.



  • LITA Member: $135
  • ALA Member: $195
  • Non-member: $260

Moodle and Webinar login info will be sent to registrants the week prior to the start date.

How to Register

Register here, courses are listed by date and you need to log in.


Contact ALA Registration:  call 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email or submit a print registration form [PDF]

Tech Requirements

The course will be delivered via the Moodle courseware system.  Participants will need an internet connection and computer with a current operating system and web browser. Further details will be provided prior to the course start.  The course will proceed weekly for 3 weeks with an optional two weeks if students need more time to complete assignments.

The live, synchronous lectures will require attendee participation via internet audio. Attendees will need a wired, high-speed internet connection, and a headset or speakers.  It is recommended that attendees use headsets connected to their computers (VOIP) during an Adobe Connect session. All attendees are muted and should use the built in chat function to communicate with presenters.  The use of computer speakers with a mic is not recommended, as it may cause echo. The recommended browser is Firefox although other browsers should work well for attending.

Alternately the webinar recordings can be viewed after the live lecture using a standard web browser, internet connection, and audio out capability to speakers or head phones.


For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration:  call 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email

For all other questions or comments related to the course, contact LITA at (312) 280-4268 or Mark Beatty at