Standardized metadata schema and controlled vocabularies are excellent for consistent metadata and effective searching, but they can also be limiting. Unique digital collections may be better described by combining multiple schema and/or controlled vocabularies to enhance descriptions.
In order to meet the needs of unique or landmark digital collections, this class will provide students with instruction on how to use and combine controlled vocabularies under the schema umbrella of Qualified Dublin Core. We’ll discuss why combinations would occur and the benefits of combining multiple controlled vocabularies, instead of choosing just one. We’ll also discuss the cons of crafting custom QDC fields, the staffing needs, and creating reasonable expectations for yourself and/or your team.
By the end of this class, students will be able to:
Appraise and select items for custom metadata
Identify appropriate controlled vocabularies for their digital collection
Create custom Qualified Dublin Core metadata with a variety of controlled vocabularies
Megan A. Oliver is a three-time graduate of the University of South Florida (Master of Science in Library in Information Science; Bachelor of Arts in English Literature; Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology). After graduating from USF in 2011, Megan has worked as the Assistant Librarian at Florida State University’s Ringling Museum and the Digital Collections Curator at State University of New York’s Purchase College. She currently works as the Digital Collections Librarian at University of South Carolina (UofSC) Libraries and as an adjunct at the iSchool at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her scholarly pursuits include the research areas of digital accessibility, ethics in labor practice, and user experience design.