For immediate release | November 22, 2021

Building an integrated metadata strategy with XML

CHICAGO — “Metadata in the Digital Library: Building an Integrated Strategy with XML,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, is a complete guide to building a digital library metadata strategy from scratch, using established metadata standards bound together by the markup language XML. Written by Richard Gartner, the book introduces the reader to the theory of metadata and shows how it can be applied in practice. It lays out the basic principles that should underlie any metadata strategy, including its relation to such fundamentals as the digital curation lifecycle, and demonstrates how they should be put into effect. It introduces the XML language and the key standards for each type of metadata, including Dublin Core and MODS for descriptive metadata and PREMIS for its administrative and preservation counterpart. Finally, the book shows how these can all be integrated using the packaging standard METS. Two case studies from the Warburg Institute in London show how the strategy can be implemented in a working environment. The strategy laid out in this book will ensure that a digital library's metadata will support all of its operations, be fully interoperable with others and enable its long-term preservation. It assumes no prior knowledge of metadata, XML or any of the standards that it covers. It provides both an introduction to best practices in digital library metadata and a manual for their practical implementation.

Gartner is a librarian and academic whose primary area of research is the theory and practice of metadata. He is currently the Digital Librarian at the Warburg Institute in the University of London, where he established and is responsible for the Institute's digital library. He previously worked at the Bodleian Library, Oxford where he instigated the Library's first digitization programs and devised the metadata strategy for the Oxford Digital Library. More recently he was a lecturer in the Department of Digital Humanities at King's College London, where he taught and researched metadata theory and practice and digital curation. Author of the book “Metadata: Shaping Knowledge from Antiquity to the Semantic Web,” he has written over 50 publications on metadata in the academic literature.

Facet Publishing, the commercial publishing and bookselling arm of CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, is the leading publisher of books for library and information professionals worldwide. Many book retailers and distributors are experiencing service disruptions or delays, including Amazon. For speediest service, order direct from the ALA Store. ALA Store purchases fund advocacy, awareness and accreditation programs for library and information professionals worldwide. ALA Editions | ALA Neal-Schuman publishes resources used by library and information professionals, scholars, students, and educators to improve programs and services, build on best practices, enhance pedagogy, share research, develop leadership, and promote advocacy. ALA authors and developers are leaders in their fields, and their content is published in a variety of print and electronic formats. Contact ALA Editions | ALA Neal-Schuman at

Related Links

Metadata in the Digital Library: Building an Integrated Strategy with XML

"Practical Data Science for Information Professionals"

"Information Resource Description: Creating and Managing Metadata, Second Edition"


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

American Library Association

ALA Publishing & Media