|As you can see,
we’ve been talking about different kinds of metadata mappings and
transformations that have been implemented in different digital library
projects. With a disperse library system and staff like Cornell has, these
tools need to be broadly available to library staff rather than centralized
in a single library unit, or on a single library staff computer. They should
be gathered together in one place accessible to all library staff. Not only
should the tools of metadata mapping and transformation be recorded and made
available, but also documentation about the intellectual work—the decision
processes that arrived at these tools and how they have been implemented for
specific collections. This whole process is part what could be called a metadata
management design would:
|1. Promote the
sharing and reuse of tools
|2. Recognize that
library staff are users too but at the same time doesn’t forget the end user.
If library staff are able to utilize a service that helps them reuse metadata
mappings and transformations, they will be able to more efficiently create
new digital library projects, that, in turn, will serve the end user.
operational activities by making it easier to access better managed metadata
|4. Reduces the risk
that metadata generation and transformation processes will be lost as an
organization’s structure, staff, and activities change over time.