MLIS and Dual MAS/MLIS: LIBR 500, LIBR 501, LIBR 502
MAS: completion of MAS core and permission of the iSchool Graduate Advisor

GOALS: The goal of this course is to introduce students to strategies and supporting technologies for creating and managing various types of metadata used in libraries.


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the major types of metadata used in libraries
  • Assess workflow requirements for metadata creation and management
  • Describe and evaluate existing technologies that support metadata workflows
  • Discuss relevant organizational factors such as cost, staffing, and collaboration
  • Demonstrate the ability to find and apply examples of metadata creation and management practices from the field and literature


  • Types of metadata and general strategies for managing each
  • Metadata registries
  • Workflows and technologies to support metadata creation and management
  • Automated metadata creation
  • Metadata supplementation strategies
  • Native vs. derived metadata
  • Crosswalks
  • Organizational factors relevant to the creation and management of metadata