Enabling Discovery, Part Two: Publishers and Libraries Talk Metadata & Monographs


For purposes of discovery, the metadata supplied to libraries for e-book content must be complete, explicit and accurate. APIs have been constructed. Best practices have been identified. What are the gaps that still affect the user experience in identifying and navigating to needed content? Why might be needed to bridge those gaps? This session will bring together a cross-section of content providers and libraries to discuss the challenges faced.

Confirmed Speakers: Alistair Morrison, Manager of Library Applications, Eisenhower Library, Johns Hopkins University; Elizabeth Miraglia, Assistant Program Director, Metadata Services and Head, Books & Serials Metadata, UC San Diego Library; Shana McDanold, Assistant Manager, Cataloging, District of Columbia Public Library

Event Sessions

The Hidden Lives of E-Book Metadata


This talk will present an update from the NISO working group on e-book metadata recommended practice. I will describe the top problems, most important learnings, and draft recommendations of the working group. I’ll close with some of the practical issues that dictated the approach used in the recommend practice. I hope that attendees will be willing to share and discuss their own experiences and their thoughts on improving the way e-book metadata are transmitted and curated. 

So Many Needles, So Many Haystacks: Challenges for e-Book Discovery at UC San Diego


Elizabeth Miraglia

Assistant Program Director & Head of Books and Series, Metadata Services
University of California - San Diego

The UC San Diego Library has access to millions of electronic resources, many of them e-Books. While this enormous amount of content is absolutely a blessing for users, finding relevant resources can be a challenge. This presentation aims to outline the effect that the quality of metadata provided by publishers and vendors has on user discovery. It will cover several different metadata issues, including controlled vocabularies, standard identifiers and faceted searching.

The Differences Problem: Or why consistency in metadata is critical in the discovery process


Shana McDanold

Assistant Manager, Cataloging
District of Columbia Public Library

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