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Saturday, June 9


Transforming the Quality of Metadata in Institutional Repositories
Established in 2005, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries manages one of the largest and most-used institutional repositories in the country. It has approximately 95,000 unique items. There have been nearly 45 million full-text downloads of the works. It is powered by bepress. The staff consists of three faculty and one managerial-professional staff member. The repository hosts original journals, including: Library Philosophy and Practice, Transactions of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences, Journal of Women in Educational Leadership, Manter: Journal of Parasite Biodiversity, RURALS: Review of Undergraduate Research in Agricultural and Life Sciences, SANE journal: Sequential Art Narrative in Education, and Contemporary Issues in Educational Leadership. The IR also hosts backlists or online sites for: Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, Honors in Practice, Insecta Mundi, Great Plains Quarterly, Great Plains Research, Textile Society of America Symposium Proceedings, Nebraska Law Review, Nebraska Bird Review, Nebraska Anthropologist, Cornhusker Economics, and Business in Nebraska. The Zea Books, the repositories imprint, has published monographs in areas of reference, bibliography, ornithology, modern European history, zoology, botany, art history, music history, Native American studies, and early childhood and language education. More than fifty Zea Books titles have appeared since 2006.

This presentation will cover the workflows that have been established for managing the identities (authority control) of journal authors, adding ORCIDs for authors and working on the quality of metadata in the institutional repository. It will explore the limitations of attempting to manage the identities of authors in an IR (i.e., the metadata template is limited, e.g., no cross references, no dates or qualifiers for names) . It will look at how users access the materials in the repository and why some may question if working on metadata quality is really necessary or sustainable in an IR.  Finally, it will discuss the plan to create Nebraska Scholarly Commons, a repository for all four University of Nebraska campuses, and the possible impact on metadata.

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Margaret Mering

Metadata Quality Librarian, University of Nebraska Lincoln
Meg Mering is the Metadata Quality Librarian for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Institutional Repository. She previously served as the Principal Catalog Librarian at UNL.

Saturday June 9, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Highland Ballroom III
Monday, June 11


Come Together: Interdepartmental collaboration to connect the IR and library catalog
While institutional repositories (IRs) often include a built-in searching mechanism and/or are indexed by web search engines, what about our patrons who go straight to the library catalog with their information need? Rather than hope that users will stumble upon the IR from the library website or assume that they will start their research with a Google search, librarians can facilitate greater IR discoverability and usage by integrating its content into the library catalog. With strong teamwork, good communication, and a shared vision, this endeavor helps transform the IR and library catalog from separate, siloed platforms into a more cohesive collections package.

At the University of San Diego, librarians and administrators across three departments -- Technical Services, Systems, and Archives / Special Collections / Digital Initiatives --recognized this opportunity and came together to share information and work in concert to explore and enact the benefits of auto-harvesting IR content into the library catalog. Driven by a vision of providing enhanced discoverability and access, as well as promoting the IR as a whole and enriching the catalog, the team members worked cooperatively to identify specific IR collections appropriate for harvest, investigate technical logistics, consult outside vendors (including Innovative and bepress), and experiment with implementation.


Amanda Makula

Digital Initiatives Librarian, University of San Diego

Monday June 11, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Highland Ballroom I/II