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Wednesday, November 8 • 3:30pm - 4:10pm
Whose Data Is It, Anyway?: Unpacking Conflicting Definitions of Book Metadata

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Book metadata has a long and varied life cycle, from publishers to aggregators to catalogers, librarians and consumers. There are many differences between the way metadata is originally defined and utilized by publishers, then ingested and disseminated by aggregators, and the way it’s leveraged by librarians and end users. Like a game of metadata telephone as you move farther from the origin, the differences between the original intent of the data and the current use can vary greatly with unintended consequences. One such example is complexity surrounding publication date across publishers, aggregators and end users. What is the difference between publication date, content creation date, original publication date, on sale date, etc…? Are they synonymous or are they meant to represent different indicators and how does the original provenance of the data affect the downstream users?

This session will present a study of the variety of kinds and uses of metadata seen from the perspectives of publishers, aggregators and librarians. The discussion will dissect information gathered from a survey of academic publishers, and look to propose that the industry standardize these definitions for the integrity of the data and the benefit of all. Additionally, the session will seek the opinions and suggestions of those present to help resolve some of the tensions uncovered by this research.


Angela Carreño

Head of Collection Development, New York University Libraries
Angela M. Carreño is the Head of Collection Development for the Division of Libraries at New York University. Angela has led, coordinated and supported the expansive growth of licensed electronic resources at NYU since 2000. She is the primary licensing officer for the Division of... Read More →
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Jon Elwell

Director of Content Strategies, EBSCO Books
Jon Elwell is the Director of Content Strategies for EBSCO’s book program. In this role, Jon works with collection development librarians, profilers, subject matter experts, data analysts and others to curate, assess, enhance and acquire content to meet the acquisition needs of... Read More →
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Nina Servizzi

Associate Dean for Knowledge Access and Resource Management Services, New York University
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Priscilla Treadwell

Director of Digital Sales, Princeton University Press

Wednesday November 8, 2017 3:30pm - 4:10pm EST
Laurens Room, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401