DUBLIN, Ohio, December 13, 2007-OCLC is conducting a pilot project to explore the viability and efficiency of capturing metadata from publishers and vendors upstream and enhancing that metadata in WorldCat, an approach that could provide added value to libraries and publishers by enhancing and delivering data that can work in multiple contexts and systems.
The pilot will begin in January 2008 and involves libraries and the publisher supply chain. Public and academic libraries will be represented in the pilot along with a variety of publishers and vendors. OCLC will announce participants as the project gets under way.
"Efficiently and effectively re-using metadata from publishers supports the continued relevance and success of bibliographic control going forward," said Karen Calhoun, Vice President, OCLC WorldCat and Metadata Services.
"It is crucial to the future of cataloging to find collaborative ways to take advantage of publisher ONIX metadata, and we must find efficient and centralized ways to store, enhance and normalize the metadata for the benefit of both library and publishing communities," said Renee Register, OCLC Global Product Manager, Cataloging and Metadata Services. "Librarians can and should participate in raising the quality of metadata in the marketplace, where we participate whenever we select and purchase materials."
The next generation cataloging and metadata service pilot follows release of a "Report on the Future of Bibliographic Control" by the Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control, formed by the Library of Congress to address changes in how libraries must do their work in the digital information era. The ability to leverage upstream publisher data effectively is central to the Working Group's recommendations.
"OCLC's pilot program to capture and enhance publisher metadata upstream is very much in keeping with the LC Working Group's recommendation that the library community make use of bibliographic data earlier in the supply chain," said Bob Wolven, AUL for Bibliographic Services and Collection Development, Columbia University Libraries/Information Services.
"One of the most pressing issues confronting libraries is figuring out more efficient and faster ways to provide cataloging and metadata creation for its collections, including both print and digital," said Michael Norman, Head of Content Access Management, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, member of the pilot advisory board and chair of an ALCTS working group on automating metadata generation. "Enormous amounts of time and money are spent on manually creating or touching individual bibliographic records to populate library online catalogs and repositories. It is time all pertinent parties get together to map out ways to automate this expensive and labor-intensive work. This OCLC pilot project helps us all take that next step and will advance the work toward creating a better way to catalog as much of the information world as possible."
The next generation cataloging and metadata services pilot advisory board includes:
- Paul DeAnna, Cataloging Section, Technical Services Division, National Library of Medicine
- Phil Schreur, Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services, Stanford University Libraries
- David Williamson, Cataloging in Publication Division, Library of Congress
- John Chapman, Metadata Librarian, Technical Services, University of Minnesota Libraries
- Michael Norman, Head of Content Access Management, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
- Laura Dawson, Consultant to the publishing industry
- Rawlinson, Consultant to public libraries on collection development
More information about the next generation cataloging and metadata service pilot can be found at http://www.oclc.org/productworks/nextgencataloging.htm.
Founded in 1967 and headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, OCLC is a nonprofit library service and research organization that has provided computer-based cataloging, reference, resource sharing, eContent, preservation, library management and Web services to 60,000 libraries in 112 countries and territories. OCLC and its member libraries worldwide have created and maintain WorldCat, the world's richest online resource for finding library materials. For more information, visit www.oclc.org