Metadata Standards Committee Releases Results of 2017 Survey

During the fall of 2017, the ALCTS/LITA Metadata Standards Committee (MSC) sent out a survey with questions about metadata standards in order to develop a dialog about the committee’s Principles for Evaluating Metadata Standards and the metadata standards landscape in general.

metaware-buzz-380x240The goals of the outreach were to create connections between metadata-focused organizations and to gain an understanding of the metadata landscape. This wide-angle view of metadata practices in cultural institutions focused on standards adoption and development as well as on trends across institutions.

Backstage Library Works participated in the survey. An article reviewing some of the results has now been published.

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RDA Enrichment: 34X Fields Now Available!

After many months of conversation, internal testing, plus one substantial live run, we are thrilled to announce that Backstage is now able to add 34X fields to your bibliographic records as part of your automated RDA enrichment processing.

Under RDA, the 34X fields provide a place for characteristics of an item’s format and presentation, allowing details that go beyond the prescribed range of CMC terms in the 33X fields. These descriptors are often already present in the MARC record, but they are scattered across a range of fields and subfields. Placing this information into 34X fields can make the data more accessible to emerging discovery tools, opening new avenues for faceted search and linked data.

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