slapakova | 24 Apr 14:33 2015

Reviewed articles

Dear All,

I would like to address you with following request.
We use bibliographic description of journal articles in MODS in our Digital Library. Contemporary, I have
the problem concerning reviewed articles. I don't know how to record in MODS the information whether the
article is reviewed or not. That's why I would like to ask your advice. Your help would be very much appreciated.

Best regards,
Ivana Slapakova
Library of the AS CR

Subirats, Imma (OPCC | 20 Apr 09:15 2015

OR2015 NEWS: Preliminary Program Information Now Available; Remember to Register and Reserve Your Hotel Room

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that information on accepted paper, panel, and 24x7 sessions at Open Repositories 2015 is now available on the OR2015 conference website:

Open Repositories 2015, taking place in Indianapolis on June 8-11, received an unprecedented number of proposals this year, with 240 proposals submitted across the conference and interest group tracks. This has also been the most selective Open Repositories, and only 38% of conference paper and panels were accepted in the main track. We have accepted 6 panels, 21 24x7’s (including Rants and Raves), 37 papers and 60 posters which will all give an exciting snapshot of work in the open repositories community.

The Program Committee would like to take this opportunity to again thank all of our reviewers who took time to review workshops, papers, panels, 24x7’s and posters. Please stay tuned for more information on the schedule and interest group presentations, which we will post later in April.

** Reminder: Register and reserve your hotel room **

Online registration for OR2015 is currently open, and participants can save $50 by registering by May 8. Special negotiated room rates at the conference hotel are available until May 16. For more information, please visit the conference website: 

We look forward to seeing you at OR2015! 

Holly Mercer, William Nixon, and Imma Subirats
OR2015 Program Co-Chairs 

Jon Dunn, Beth Namachchivaya, Julie Speer, and Sarah Shreeves
OR2015 Conference Organizing Committee


Chrissy Rissmeyer | 13 Apr 17:06 2015

Job Posting: Metadata Management / Cataloging Librarian, UC Santa Barbara

*** Apologies for cross posting ***

Metadata Management / Cataloging Librarian 

The University of California, Santa Barbara is one of ten campuses that comprise the University of
California system and is a member of the exclusive Association of American Universities (AAU).  In
addition, the University Library at UC Santa Barbara is a member of the prestigious Association of
Research Libraries (ARL).  In service to the campus’ distinguished research mission, the University
Library is seeking a Metadata Management / Cataloging Librarian, to provide experienced leadership in
planning and managing library metadata quality assurance and authority control activities in the
Library. This newly-created position will work to ensure the metadata quality and data integrity in the
Library catalog and Alexandria Digital Research Library (ADRL), and actively participate in
conventional cataloging and the Library’s NACO activities.


Reporting to the Head, Cataloging & Metadata Services (CMS), the Metadata Management / Cataloging
Librarian is responsible for initiating and directing authority control, metadata quality control,
and bibliographic database problem resolution to ensure metadata and authority records meet local and
national standards. The incumbent works closely with other library staff to establish and document
relevant policies, procedures, and efficient workflows to support the discovery of and access to the
Library’s bibliographic and digital content in the Library Catalog and Alexandria Digital Research
Library through metadata quality assurance, enrichment, and maintenance according to local and
national cataloging and metadata standards. In addition, actively participates in creating or
modifying NACO authority records and other name identifier records. As a part of the catalogers’
learning community in the Library, the incumbent provides training to staff in database maintenance and
data quality control. Participates in original cataloging of print/digital materials in a variety of
formats, and provides descriptive metadata for digital collections as needed. The incumbent will also
coordinate quality control projects for non-MARC metadata from digital collections and supervise
staff, as needed.


* Master’s degree from an ALA accredited program or foreign equivalent.
* Minimum two years of professional cataloging experience.  Professional understanding and knowledge of
cataloging procedures and principles, including but not limited to: RDA, AACR2, LC/PCC PS, LCRIs, LC
classification, LCSH, MARC21 bibliographic and authority formats.
* Professional understanding and knowledge of non-MARC metadata schemas, standards, best practices,
and their applications, such as Dublin Core, EAD, VRA Core, MODS, METS, MADS, etc.
* Familiarity with name authority/identifier schemas, such as NACO, ORCID, ISNI, etc.
* Working knowledge and experience with data processing and transformations of XML records using XSLT or
other technologies.
* Demonstrated ability to work quickly and accurately in a service and production-oriented environment,
and to adapt to a fast paced rapidly changing environment.
* Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively with diverse constituents.
* Effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

* Experience managing authority control processes and/or vendor services.
* Familiarity with batch loading, editing, crosswalking of metadata records using tools, such as
MarcEdit, Oxygen XML Editor.
* Familiarity with ALEPH ILS.
* Reading knowledge of one or more foreign languages.
* Experience and ability to provide cataloging-related training to staff members.
* Experience working directly with software programmers on development projects.


Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Librarians at the University of California,
Santa Barbara are professional academic appointees who accrue vacation at the rate of two days per month
and sick leave at the rate of one day per month.  The University has an excellent retirement system which is
coordinated with Social Security.  A selection of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans
are offered by the University.

The incumbent will be a member of the LX Collective Bargaining Unit represented by the American Federation
of Teachers.


* This position will remain open until filled with primary consideration of applications received by
April 24, 2015. 
* Applications will be accepted online through UC Recruit:
* Help for UC Recruit is available at
* For additional assistance, contact Ryan George with Library Human Resources at (805) 893-3841 or rgeorge@...
* Appointment and/or continued employment is contingent on successful completion of a background check.

The Library is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of
the academic community through work, research, and service.  The University of California is an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or any other characteristic
protected by law including protected Veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Chrissy Rissmeyer
Metadata Librarian
University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9010

Melanie Wacker | 1 Apr 18:44 2015

Draft MODS 3.6 Schema Ready for Community Review and Testing

Dear MODS implementers,
A MODS 3.6 draft schema is now available for community review and testing.
The MODS/MADS Editorial Committee is inviting your comments on the draft 
schema posted at:

Changes include updates to hierarchicalGeographic, relatedItem and 
cartographics, among others.
A full list of changes may be found online:

Please post your comments to the MODS listserv by the end of the review 
period on April 29, 2015.
We look forward to hearing your comments and the results of your testing.

Melanie Wacker
on behalf of the MODS/MADS Editorial Committee

Lina Bountouri | 24 Mar 21:57 2015

MTSR 2015: Special Track on Metadata & Semantics for Cultural Collections & Applications, 1st Call for Papers

Apologies for cross-posting


Special Track on Metadata & Semantics for Cultural Collections & Applications

Part of the 9th International Conference on Metadata and Semantic Research (MTSR 2015), 9 - 11 September 2015, Manchester, UK

Submission deadline: May 19th, 2015

Proceedings will be published in Springer CCIS series



Cultural Heritage collections are essential knowledge infrastructures that provide a solid representation of the historical background of human communities. These knowledge infrastructures are constructed from and integrate cultural information derived from diverse memory institutions, mainly museums, archives and libraries. Each individual community has spent a lot of effort in order to develop, support and promote its own metadata as tools for the description and dissemination of cultural information, mainly related to its particular resources and use.

The exposure of cultural information into the Semantic Web makes clear that metadata have to be accurate and deeply interpretable on the semantic level. Ontologies could facilitate these procedures since they constitute conceptualizations - according to the specific point of view of a memory institution or its particular community - providing at the same time the context for interpreting the respecting metadata to their domain of discourse. At the same time, there are also inter-domain efforts targeted to semantically align data (research data, educational data, public sector information etc.) to cultural information. New challenges are also emerged from the need to incorporate cultural information into the new publication paradigms, where a variety of resources (data, metadata, processes, results, etc) are linked and integrated, providing better shareability and reusability. The management of the cultural information provides challenges associated with (i) metadata modeling, specification, standardization, extraction, evaluation, mapping, integration and effective use, (ii) knowledge representation as conceptualization to provide the context for unambiguously interpreting metadata, and (iii) information integration from different contexts for the provision of integrated access and advanced services to the users.

The aim of this Special Track is to maintain a dialogue where researchers and practitioners working on all the aspects of the cultural information will come together and exchange ideas about open issues at all stages of the metadata life cycle. The track also welcomes works related to metadata semantics and applications for new approaches to cultural information publication and sharing, as well as to interlinking to other dataset published in the Semantic Web universe.


The papers in this special track should be original and of high quality, addressing issues in areas such as:

  • Cultural heritage metadata models, standards, interoperability, mappings and integration
  • Automated metadata extraction
  • Ontologies and knowledge representation for the cultural heritage domain
  • Extracting semantics, entities, and patterns from Cultural Heritage collections
  • Collection models and item - collection relationships representation
  • Collection - level metadata modeling and management
  • Linked open data approaches for the cultural heritage domain
  • Composite content-discovery and management of components and interrelationships
  • Publication, linking and citation of Cultural Heritage information and resources
  • Large volume content management - high resolution image data sets
  • 3D models-indexing, storage and retrieval approaches
  • Federation of repositories/data infrastructures
  • Integration of intra or inter disciplinary heterogeneous resources
  • Infrastructures for sharing content
  • Digital Curation workflows and models
  • Preservation metadata for cultural heritage digital objects
  • Metadata quality metrics
  • Case studies


Authors can submit either full papers (12 pages) or short papers (6 pages). Submitted papers have to follow the LNCS proceedings formatting style and guidelines.

The submitted papers will undergo the same peer review as the submissions for MTSR 2015 and accepted contributions will be published in the MTSR 2015 proceedings (Springer CCIS series). Authors of accepted papers will be asked to register to the Conference and present their work.

Authors of the best papers will be invited to submit extended and revised versions of their papers for possible publication in selected international journals, including the International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies (Inderscience), and Program: Electronic library and information systems (Emerald) (list incomplete).

More information on submission can be found at the MTSR 2015 call for papers web page.



May 19th, 2015: Paper submission

June 16th, 2015: Acceptance/rejection notification

June 30th, 2015: Camera-ready papers due

September 9th-11th, 2015: Conference at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK



Michalis Sfakakis, Dept. Archives, Library Science and Museology, Ionian University, Corfu, Greece (

Lina Bountouri, Dept. Archives, Library Science and Museology, Ionian University, Corfu, Greece (

Subirats, Imma (OPCC | 16 Mar 10:10 2015

OR2015 NEWS: Registration Opens, Speakers from Mozilla and Google Announced

- OR2015 NEWS: Registration Opens; Speakers from Mozilla and Google Announced -
We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 10th International Conference on Open Repositories, to be held on June 8-11, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of America. Full registration details and a link to the registration form may be found at:

OR2015 is co-hosted by Indiana University Bloomington Libraries, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, and Virginia Tech Libraries.

-- OR2015 Registration and Fees --

An early registration fee of $450 USD will be available until May 8. After May 8, the registration fee will increase to $500 USD. This registration fee covers participation in general conference sessions, workshops, and interest group sessions, as well as the conference dinner on Wednesday, June 10 and poster reception on Tuesday, June 9. For a draft outline of the conference schedule, please see:

Participants may register online at: If you have any questions about registering for OR2015, please contact the Conference Registrar at iuconfs-GZvvpLG7cYSeodoxqx+5/ Any other questions about the conference may be directed to the conference organizing committee by using the form at:

-- Hotel Reservations --

The OR2015 conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis hotel, conveniently located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. Special room rates at the Hyatt starting at $159 USD per night have been negotiated for conference attendees and will be available for booking through May 16. More information on hotel reservations and travel is available at:

-- Keynote and Featured Speakers --

Reflecting the significant milestone of the 10th Open Repositories conference and this year's theme of "Looking Back, Moving Forward: Open Repositories at the Crossroads," we are pleased to announce the conference's two plenary speakers:

Kaitlin Thaney will be giving the opening keynote talk on the morning of Tuesday, June 9. Kaitlin is director of the Mozilla Science Lab, an open science initiative of the Mozilla Foundation focused on innovation, best practice and skills training for research. Prior to Mozilla, she served as the Manager of External Partnerships at Digital Science, a technology company that works to make research more efficient through better use of technology. Kaitlin also advises the UK government on infrastructure for data intensive science and business, serves as a Director for DataKind UK, and is the founding co-chair for the Strata Conference series in London on big data. Prior to Mozilla and Digitial Science, Kaitlin managed the science program at Creative Commons, worked with MIT and Microsoft, and wrote for the Boston Globe. You can learn more about the Science Lab at  and follow Kaitlin online at <at> kaythaney.

Anurag Acharya will be the featured speaker at the plenary session on the morning of Wednesday, June 10, presenting on "Indexing repositories: pitfalls and best practices." Anurag is a Distinguished Engineer at Google and creator of Google Scholar, and he previously led the indexing group at Google. He has a Bachelors in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and a PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon. Prior to joining Google, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Maryland, College Park and an assistant professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
We look forward to seeing you at OR2015!

Jon Dunn, Julie Speer, and Sarah Shreeves
OR2015 Conference Organizing Committee

Holly Mercer, William Nixon, and Imma Subirats
OR2015 Program Co-Chairs



Thomas Scheffler | 13 Mar 14:42 2015

MODS XML Schema not restrictive enough


I recently came across an MODS import problem. We received a MODS 
document from an external source that validated against the XML Schema 
( but was not valid 
against the standard.

For relatedItem [1] the standard says: "The use of the type attribute is 
required." We rely on this fact that we know what type of related item 
is referenced here. As XML Schema support these restrictions, I would 
kindly ask to add  <at> use="required" to every attribute that is required by 
the standard to XML Schema documents.

This problem is also in the current version (3.5) of the schema document.

kind regards,


[1] -


Thomas Scheffler
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Thüringer Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek
Bibliotheksplatz 2
07743 Jena
Phone: ++49 3641 940027
FAX:   ++49 3641 940022

Meehleib, Tracy | 10 Mar 15:22 2015

Re: LC NDMSO -- Schemas & XSLTs on GitHub

Hi All,


Our office is discussing how we might be best able to make schemas and XSLTs available via GitHub. Our 2014 survey clearly indicated community interest in this. We need to work out the workflow on our side and are discussing this. Thanks for your interest. Stay tuned.


Best, Tracy



Tracy Meehleib

Network Development and MARC Standards Office
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave SE

Washington, DC 20540-4402
+1 202 707 0121 (voice)
+1 202 707 0115 (fax)

tmee <at>




From: Metadata Object Description Schema List [mailto:MODS <at> LISTSERV.LOC.GOV] On Behalf Of Kevin S. Clarke
Sent: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 10:03 AM
Subject: Re: [MODS] MODS2MARC21slim.xsl hierarchicalGeographic typo


On Tue, Mar 10, 2015 at 7:53 AM, Nick Ruest <ruestn <at>> wrote:

Related, what's the chance/possibility that this and related LoC XSLTs could make their way into the LoC GitHub org[2]?


Yes, this would be great!



Nick Ruest | 10 Mar 12:53 2015

MODS2MARC21slim.xsl hierarchicalGeographic typo


Greetings from the Islandora community!

We noticed that there is a typo in the current version of 
MODS2MARC21slim.xsl[1]; on line 867 hierarchicalGeographic is 

Related, what's the chance/possibility that this and related LoC XSLTs 
could make their way into the LoC GitHub org[2]?




Alix Bentrud | 5 Mar 16:32 2015

Announcement LYRASIS is offering online metadata classes with instructor Rebecca Guenther

LYRASIS is offering online classes on metadata with instructor Rebecca Guenther



Follow the links for more information on each class.


Introduction to Preservation Metadata      4/16/2015    2:00 PM- 4:00 PM ET


Advanced Preservation Metadata: How to Make it Happen     4/29 & 30/2015   2:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET


Metadata for Digitization and Preservation   5/20 & 21/2015     10:00AM – 12:PM ET



To register or to see the full LYRASIS class schedule go to




Alix Bentrud
Preservation Services Librarian

800.999.8558 x 4875 Main
404.387.4853 Cell

alix.bentrud Skype



Melanie Wacker | 13 Feb 23:28 2015

Job Posting: Metadata Librarian at Columbia University Libraries/Information Services

Metadata Librarian at Columbia University Libraries/Information Services

The Columbia University Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Metadata Librarian.

The purpose of this position is to develop, document, maintain and apply standards and procedures for creating metadata used to manage, preserve, and provide access to digital content generated by the Libraries and other units within Information Services; to work with the Digital Programs Division and Technology Services Group to ensure and coordinate integration of digital metadata with local and national systems, and to provide full original cataloging for resources in a variety of languages, formats and media.

The position manages research publication metadata curation and identity management for the ColumbiaPARC system and contributes to similar initiatives with other research libraries.

Reporting to the Metadata Coordinator, the incumbent:

1. Assists in metadata creation, application and maintenance for digital and physical objects system-wide. This includes consultations, creating and maintaining documentation, data analysis, training, quality control, data transformation, investigation of new tools & standards, and development of standards and best practices. Provides full original cataloging for resources in a variety of languages, formats and media.

2. Contributes to departmental, division and national cataloging/metadata policy and procedure development by identifying issues, preparing documentation and training, and serving on local, national, and international committees and task forces.

3. Creates and maintains departmental websites, wikis and blogs.

4. Provides technical support for the Libraries, particularly for metadata transformation and remediation tools such as Oxygen, MARCEdit, and Open Refine.

5. Curates research publication data and provides identity management for ColumbiaPARC.

6. Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Degree Required:

MLS or PhD or equivalent  


Minimum Qualifications:

- In-depth knowledge of metadata format and content standards.
- Working knowledge of identities management systems, including ORCID, VIAF/ISNI.
- Experience in name authority work and disambiguation strategies.
- Working knowledge of cataloging standards and procedures (RDA, MODS, MARC 21, LCSH, FAST).
- Working knowledge of metadata tools and systems.
- Working knowledge of XML/XSLT/XQuery and RDF/SPARQL.
- Effective verbal and written communication skills.
- Relevant experience in an academic environment.
- Extensive work in non-MARC metadata creation and curation, experience in providing technical services support for academic repositories and quality control for diverse projects.
- Aptitude for technology.
- Familiarity with linked data concepts.


Preferred Qualifications:

- Ability to work collaboratively across organizational units.
- Analytical skills and project management skills.
- Aptitude for complex, analytical and detailed work.
- Excellent organizational and project management skills.
- Understanding of the research and grant process.
- Ability to work across divisions and with faculty and scholars.  


Applications should be submitted through the following link:


One of the world's leading research universities, Columbia provides outstanding opportunities to work and grow in a unique intellectual community. Set in the Morningside Heights academic village, Columbia also presents the unmatched dynamism, diversity and cultural richness of New York City.

We offer a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.  


Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.