New ALCTS Web Course Explores Fundamentals of Metadata

For Immediate Release
Wed, 06/14/2017


Julie Reese

Continuing Education & Meetings Manager

Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

CHICAGO—The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is pleased to announce the release of a new web course on the introduction to fundamental concepts of metadata. This six-week course was developed and will be instructed by Ivey Glendon, Manager for Metadata Analysis and Design at the University of Virginia Library, and Jennifer Roper, Interim Senior Director for Collections Access and Discovery at the University of Virginia Library. 

The Fundamentals of Metadata will examine similarities and differences between cataloging and metadata; descriptive, technical, and administrative metadata schema; content standards and controlled vocabularies; approaches to metadata creation and transformation; and metadata project design. 

Upon completion of this six-week course, attendees will be able to:

  • understand different types of metadata, content standards, and controlled vocabularies and their fit for purpose;
  • describe content using a metadata schema, content standard, and controlled vocabulary of their choice;
  • understand reasons and methods for metadata transformation; and
  • design a metadata project based on real-world scenarios.

2017 Session Dates

Session 1: July 24 – September 1
Session 2: October 2 – November 10

Registration is $139 for ALCTS members and $169 for nonmembers.  

To Register

Register online using the online learning registration site. Courses are listed by session date. Click on the “register link” located to the right of the session you are interested in. You will be prompted to login with your ALA member ID or create a guest account, to begin the registration process.

Register by mail (purchase order or check) by completing this print registration form. Tip: If you’re unable to open this “register by mail” link, right-click the link and save the form to your computer.

Note: This course is limited to 25 students per session, and sessions are expected to sell out quickly. Register today.

For questions or comments related to this or other ALCTS events, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Continuing Education and Meetings Manager, at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or

ALCTS Fundamentals Web Courses are a series of related web courses that cover the basics of library technical services skill areas. Course topics include acquisitions, collection development and management, preservation, electronic resources acquisitions, collection assessment, cataloging and metadata.

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is the national association for information providers who work in collections and technical services, such as acquisitions, cataloging, collection development, preservation and continuing resources in digital and print formats. ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.