Metadata is changing.

Innovations in librarianship are exerting pressure on metadata management practices to evolve as librarians are required to provide metadata for far more resources of various types and to collaborate on institutional or multi-institutional projects with fewer staff.

In 2020, Karen Smith-Yoshimura published the report, “Transitioning to the Next Generation of Metadata”, which brought together six years of discussions with the OCLC Research Library Partners Metadata Managers Focus Group that shone a light on the evolution of the next generation of metadata.

This spring, OCLC Research are running a discussion series focused on two of the four key areas identified in Karen’s report:

  • The Transition to Linked Data and Identifiers
  • Preparing for Future Staffing Requirements

The Series

The series consists of three components:

Opening plenary webinar

An opening plenary webinar giving an overview of next generation metadata, how and why it is changing, and the impact this could have.

Interactive round table

Seven interactive small round table online discussions to explore the two areas mentioned above to gain insights and fresh ideas, and to align each other’s perspectives into a shared perspective. These sessions will follow the same structure but will be based on language and/or region.

Closing plenary webinar

A closing plenary webinar by OCLC and representatives from the round table discussions to bring together what was discussed and to share highlights from the sessions with the wider group.

Join us for the virtual discussions