Digital Preservation Toolbox – Metadata Manipulation

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This two hour session will provide a hands-on overview of tools that extract, embed and monitor metadata into digital preservation-quality files. The class will begin with tools that can extract technical metadata from digital files and export them into XML formats. After that, the class will go through the installation and basic implementation of embedded metadata tools for both still image and audiovisual files. Finally, the class will end with tools that can be used to perform quality control on metadata.

All tools demonstrated in the class will be freely available so they can be used after the class at no further cost to the institutions.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this class, students will be able to:

Learn different methods for extracting technical metadata from born digital and digitized content
Learn about the purpose of embedded metadata
View demonstrations of metadata embedding in different file formats
Learn how to perform quality control on their preservation metadata
Gain some comfort with tools for managing digital collections


Annie Peterson (she/her) is a Program Leader at LYRASIS. She coordinates LYRASIS Learning and teaches classes on preservation, digitization, and other topics related to cultural heritage institutions. Before joining LYRASIS, Annie Peterson was the Preservation Librarian for the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University. Previously, she was an IMLS Preservation Administration Fellow at Yale University, where her primary focus was writing a disaster plan for the library’s high density storage facility. Her background in library and archives preservation provides a strong basis for assisting LYRASIS members with their preservation and digitization projects. She has an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. In 2016 Annie was awarded the Esther J. Piercy Award from ALCTS, an award that is given to recognize the contribution to areas of librarianship included in library collections and technical service by a librarian who has shown outstanding promise for continuing contribution and leadership.

Hannah Rosen holds a bachelor’s Degree in social and cultural history and a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh, with a specialization in Archives, Preservation and Records Management. She comes to LYRASIS from The MediaPreserve, where she assisted clients with all aspects of their media digitization projects. She also created specialized preservation metadata using a variety of archival schemas.

Before that, Hannah worked and volunteered at a variety of archival institutions including the Carnegie Mellon Institutional Archives, the Sewickley Academy Institutional Archives, and the National Museum of American History Archives Center.

Librarians, archivists, museum professionals, or other staff at collecting organizations that has responsibility for managing digital collections. Digital collections include born digital materials and items digitized from analog sources. ‘Digital Preservation Toolbox: An Introduction” provides a more basic introduction to different tools and works well as a complementary class.
Frequency: offered 3 times a year, Spring, Fall & Winter

Registrations for this class must be received at least one week before the class date. Registrants should receive an email offering detailed login and setup instructions. Please call 800.999.8558 if you do not receive this email at least three days before the class. This class is designed for individual participation; each individual must register.

Time: All live online classes are in Eastern time.

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You may register using one of two methods:

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    Print out the registration form and fax it to LYRASIS at 404.892.7879.