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Metadata Services Group

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Metadata Services - MC 1-32
2nd Floor, Millikan Library
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA 91125-3200

ph: 626–395–6149
fax: 626–792–7540
e: cataloging (at) library.caltech.edu
e: acquisitions (at) library.caltech.edu

Laura Smart : Manager
ph: 626–395–6149

Laurel Narizny : Metadata Librarian
ph: 626–395–6431

Kathy Johnson : Metadata Librarian
ph: 626–395–6065

Alex Valdivia : Electronic Access Librarian
ph: 626–395–6428

Phuong Trinh : Cataloging, Ordering & Serials
ph: 626–395–6432

What we do

The metadata services team creates and edits metadata in a variety of formats using international standards. We ensure that items are procured for the collections, we make those items searchable, and we maintain the databases that control these operations. We are also responsible for physical processing of materials from barcoding and labelling to binding.

The role of metadata in libraries

Metadata -- defined as "data about data" -- helps library users find, identify, select and obtain information within the library's collections. There are different types of metadata.

Descriptive metadata depicts the characteristics of an item such as author, subject, physical properties, and related items.

Technical metadata carries instructions for the organization and presentation of digital objects.

Preservation metadata ensures the integrity and reuse of resources over time.

Rights metadata controls legal access to materials.

Administrative metadata captures information related to organizing the workflow of managing information.