What is metadata? Where does it come from? What does it look like? How do you choose the right schema? In this class, you'll learn about the basics of descriptive, technical, structural, and administrative metadata. You'll also see how metadata supports access and preservation in archives.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this webinar, you should be able to:

  • Define basic concepts of metadata
  • Identify sources and types
  • Consider aspects regarding interoperability
  • Assess how much metadata is enough
  • Make good metadata choices at your local institution


Who Should Attend?
Archivists and others who want an understanding of basic metadata concepts or a refresher to ensure their assumptions are still valid


What You Should Already Know:
No previous knowledge of metadata is necessary, although an understanding of archival description will be helpful


A&D Core Competency:

  • 3. Apply rules and practices that codify the content of information used to represent archival materials in discovery tools according to published structural guidelines.


If you intend to pursue the A&D Certificate, you will need to pass the examination for this course.


DAS Core Competency:

  • 3. Formulate strategies and tactics for appraising, acquiring, describing, managing, organizing, preserving, and delivering digital archives.
  • 4. Incorporate technologies throughout the archival lifecycle.
  • 6. Employ standards and best practices in the management of digital archives.


If you intend to pursue the DAS Certificate, you will need to pass the examination for this course.

Webinar Information
Date Presented:
June 19, 2015 2:00 PM Eastern
1 hour, 30 minutes
Metadata Overview for Archivists [DAS], A&D

Shawn Averkamp

Shawn Averkamp, Manager of Metadata Services, NYPL Labs at New York Public Library, oversees metadata production and directs the development of metadata infrastructure for NYPL’s unique digital resources. Prior to joining NYPL, she supported metadata management, digital humanities, digital preservation, and data curation at the University of Iowa Libraries as Data Services Librarian and Interim Head of Digital Research & Publishing and as a Metadata Librarian at the University of Alabama Libraries. She earned her MLIS from the University of Iowa and holds a BA in Music from Luther College.

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