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DPLAfest 2017—the fourth major gathering of the Digital Public Library of America’s broad community—will take place on April 20-21, 2017 in Chicago at Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Library Center. For more information, visit the DPLA website.
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Friday, April 21 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Metadata: Preventing a Digital Junk Drawer

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This session focuses on the challenges of enforcing metadata standards in digital library projects, especially collaborations across a variety of contributors.

Good metadata is essential for the success of any digital project. Bad metadata frustrates backend administrative functions and user experience. Lax enforcement can easily create a “digital junk drawer,” where good content gets lost without quality metadata to organize everything and make it findable. When this happens, a time-consuming but necessary clean-up effort raises new challenges.

The presenters for this session will discuss these issues by drawing from their experiences managing Minnesota Reflections (MR) and the Arizona Memory Project (AMP), two databases of digitized collections contributed by cultural institutions (e.g. museums, libraries, archives, and historical societies) located throughout each respective state.

This session is ideal for anyone who wants to learn:
• Why metadata is so crucial
• How to enforce metadata guidelines
• How to clean up bad metadata

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Greta Bahnemann

Metadata Librarian, Minnesota Digital Library, Minitex
Greta Bahnemann is the Metadata Librarian for the Minnesota Digital Library, a position she has held since 2010. At the Minnesota Digital Library, Greta is responsible for implementing current metadata standards, spearheading  the MDL Primary Source Set program, and implementing... Read More →
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Ryan Ehrfurth

Digital History and Maps Librarian, Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records
I manage the Arizona Memory Project and the Special Maps Collection at the State of Arizona Research Library.
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Nicole Umayam

Digital Inclusion Librarian, Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records
Archivist & linguist turned librarian. I got in the digital inclusion game as part of NDIA's Digital Inclusion Corps, and have since been involved in projects such as wi-fi hotspot and laptop lending, broadband 101 training for rural tribal libraries, and digital inclusion strategic... Read More →

Friday April 21, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Video Theater Lower Level