The future of enriched, linked, open and filtered metadata

For Immediate Release
Wed, 09/28/2022


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing & Media

American Library Association


CHICAGO — Published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, Getaneh Alemu’s “The Future of Enriched, Linked, Open and Filtered Metadata: Making Sense of IFLA LRM, RDA, Linked Data and BIBFRAME” is a comprehensive and accessible guide to creating accurate, consistent, complete, user-centered, and quality metadata that supports the user tasks of finding, identifying, selecting, obtaining, and exploring information resources. Based on the author's many years of academic research and work as a cataloging and metadata librarian, it shows readers how they can configure, create, enhance, and enrich their metadata for print and digital resources. The book applies examples using MARC21, RDA, FRBR, BIBFRAME, subject headings, and name authorities. It also uses screenshots from cutting edge library management systems, discovery interfaces, and metadata tools. Coverage includes:

  • definitions, discussions, and comparisons among MARC, FRBR, LRM, RDA, Linked Data, and BIBFRAME standards and models;
  • discussion of the underlying principles and protocols of Linked Data vis-à-vis library metadata;
  • practical metadata configuration, creation, management, and cases employing cutting edge LMS, discovery interfaces, formats, and tools;
  • discussion around why metadata needs to be enriched, linked, open, and filtered to ensure the information resources described are discoverable and user friendly; and
  • consideration of metadata as a growing and continuously enhancing, customer-focused, and user-driven practice where the aim is to support users to find and retrieve relevant resources for their research and learning.

Alemu is Cataloging and Metadata Librarian at Solent University, where he manages a team of catalogers with responsibility for providing accurate and usable metadata for the university. Also author of “An Emergent Theory of Digital Library Metadata: Enrich then Filter,” he has published more than 20 peer-reviewed articles on metadata, digital libraries, and Web 2.0 technologies. He served as a member of IFLA's Linked Data Technical Sub-Committee (LIDATEC) and is an editorial board member of the Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies, and Journal of Digital Library Perspectives. As an honorary tutor at the Centre for Archives and Information Studies (CAIS) at the University of Dundee, he also teaches a module on metadata standards and information taxonomies.

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