Managing Metadata in Web-scale Discovery Systems

Customers outside of North America (USA and Canada) should contact Facet Publishing for purchasing information.

ALA Member
Item Number
ALA Neal-Schuman
AP Categories

Primary tabs

You don't need to be an ALA Member to purchase from the ALA Store, but you'll be asked to create an online account/profile during the checkout to proceed. This Web Account is for both members and non-members.

  • Description
  • Table of Contents
  • About the author
  • Reviews

Libraries are increasingly using web-scale discovery systems to help clients find a wide assortment of library materials, including books, journal articles, special collections, archival collections, videos, music and open access collections. Depending on the library material cataloged, the discovery system might need to negotiate different metadata standards, such as AACR, RDA, RAD, FOAF, VRA Core, METS, MODS, RDF, and more. In Managing Metadata in Web-scale Discovery Systems, Spiteri and a range of international experts show you how to:

  • maximize the effectiveness of web-scale discovery systems;
  • provide a smooth and seamless discovery experience to your users;
  • help users conduct searches that yield relevant results;
  • manage the sheer volume of items to which you can provide access, so your users can actually find what they need;
  • maintain shared records that reflect the needs, languages, and identities of culturally and ethnically varied communities;
  • manage metadata both within, across, and outside, library discovery tools by converting your library metadata to linked open data that all systems can access;
  • manage user generated metadata from external services such as Goodreads and LibraryThing; and
  • mine user generated metadata to better serve your users in areas such as collection development or readers' advisory.

1. Introduction: the landscape of web-scale discovery - Louise F. Spiteri
2. Sharing metadata across discovery systems - Angela Kroeger, Marshall Breeding, and Heather Moulaison Sandy
3. Managing linked open data across discovery systems - Ali Shiri and Danoosh Davoodi
4. Redefining library resources in discovery systems - Christine DeZelar-Tiedman
5. Managing volume in discovery systems - Aaron Tay
6. Managing outsourced metadata in discovery systems - Laurel Tarulli
7. Managing user-generated metadata in discovery systems - Louise F. Spiteri

Louise F. Spiteri

Dr. Louise F. Spiteri is Director of the School of Information Management, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. She has published extensively in the areas of social tagging, folksonomies, social discovery systems, and library cataloguing. She teaches in the areas of information management, metadata, records management, cataloging, classification, and taxonomies.

”Altogether, this primer-survey puts forward a satisfying mixture of viewpoints along with good to excellent explorations of meaningful, relevant topics. I recommend Managing Metadata to catalogers and metadata specialists, systems librarians, and other staff who are moving to or are new possessors of web-scale discovery systems. When taken together with a deeper exploration of the resources named in the bibliographies, I feel this text also may offer food for thought to those librarians already well-ensconced in these systems."
— Technicalities

”The book has a nice balance of the practical, describing challenges of managing metadata in web-scale discovery systems, and the theoretical, encouraging libraries to explore those 'what if' moments in discovery systems. Important conversations about the quality of data being offered in discovery systems take place."
— Library Resources & Technical Services

”Contains a wealth of valuable information and tools for librarians on web-scale discovery systems and materials ... It is recommended reading for librarians in all types of library environments."
— Against the Grain