Making Metadata Maker: A web application for metadata production

Myung Ja K Han, Nicole E. Ream-Sotomayor, Patricia Lampron, Janet Weber, Deren Kudeki

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Cataloging and metadata operations in academic libraries are focusing on original cataloging of their unique and hidden collections that have not been available to users because of a lack of metadata. However, creating MARC format metadata is an expensive process; libraries need professional catalogers with appropriate experience and knowledge or must train staff to do the work. To improve the cataloging and metadata creation workflow, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library developed a web application, Metadata Maker, which allows anyone to create metadata in four different formats, including MARC21 for an online public access catalog, regardless of their familiarity with metadata standards or systems that utilize the metadata. Released as an open source application, Metadata Maker supports diacritics and Unicode non-Roman language encoding, and creates metadata records that ensure discovery and access of unique library collections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-98
Number of pages10
JournalLibrary Resources and Technical Services
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences


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    Han, M-J., Weber, J., Ream-Sotomayor, N. E., Lampron, P. A. & Kudeki, D. E., Nov 2015.

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