SEP 15

Works in Progress Webinar: Cross-library learning and knowledge sharing—Metadata Community of Practice at Notre Dame

In this webinar, learn how and why University of Notre Dame developed a Metadata Community of Practice.

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  • Laura Sill, Head of Acquisitions, University of Chicago Library, University of Chicago
  • Peggy Griesinger, Head of Metadata Initiatives, Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame


Metadata. It permeates library work and services. It can mean different things to different people, and it may not be clear to everyone in an organization how their work is affected by metadata. It is often managed in silos, according to different traditions, schemas, and approaches, and the jargon used in the field can be a barrier to entry. However, when understood and coordinated across library units, metadata is undeniably powerful. How can library staff work together across organizational boundaries to establish common ground to maximize this valuable asset?

In this webinar, the presenters will share lessons learned from developing and sustaining a cross-organizational Metadata Community of Practice (MCoP) at Hesburgh Libraries from September 2020 to February 2022. The presenters will discuss the environmental and professional changes that led to the formation of the MCoP and will demonstrate how the community of practice took hold as a space for staff across library units to learn about and advocate for the power of metadata and bring big-picture thinking to metadata challenges. The presentation will highlight the MCoP as a learning framework and share examples to illustrate the impact of community involvement and member-driven participation.

This session will be of interest to those thinking about knowledge sharing across the library organization, fostering staff learning, and metadata management issues.


15 September 2022


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]

Live webinar sessions are exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners, but the recordings are publicly available to all.