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Foundations of the Information Sciences

Information Resource Description: Creating and managing metadata



This new edition offers a fully updated and expanded overview of the field of information organization, examining the description of information resources as both a product and process of the contemporary digital environment.

Information Resource Description, 2nd edition explains how the various elements and values of descriptive metadata support a set of common information retrieval functions across a wide range of environments. Through this unifying framework, the book provides an integrated commentary on the various fields and practices of information organization carried out by today's information professionals and end-users.

Updates to the first edition include coverage of:

  • recent scholarship published in the field
  • linked open linked data initiatives such as BIBFRAME
  • the new IFLA Library Reference Model and its five user tasks
  • current versions of the key metadata standards
  • contemporary discovery tools and approaches.

The book is intended for LIS students taking information organization courses at either undergraduate and postgraduate levels, information professionals wishing to specialize in the field, and existing metadata specialists who wish to update their knowledge.

1. Definitions and scope 2. Information resource attributes 3. Tools and systems 4. Metadata sources 5. Metadata quality 6. Sharing metadata 7. Metadata standards 8. Vocabularies 9. The future of metadata.

Philip Hider is Head of the School of Information Studies and Professor of Library and Information Management at Charles Sturt University, Australia. He has worked, taught and researched in the field of information organization in the UK, Singapore and Australia. He holds a PhD from City University, London and was made a Fellow of CILIP in 2004.

'Hider's writing is clear, fluent and at times humourous. This book provides an excellent survey of the subject for beginners and provides both a refresher and deep insights for tose already aquainted with the basics.'

— Joshua Hutchinson, Cataloging & Metadata Librarian, UCI Libraries, University of California Irvine

Technical Services Quarterly

'Hider has presented a balanced view of the issues and challenges inherent in creating and managing metadata. As such, the second edition of his book serves as a useful introduction to the field of information organization and management as it exists today This work is recommended for students new to the field and for academic libraries desiring to have the most up-to-date information.'— Jan Mayo, Head of General Collections Cataloguing, East Carolina University Greenville

Serials Review

'The book is skillfully concise...yet comprehensive...The work inspires and provides the means to delve deep into the subject, making it a reliable and excellent learning and teaching resource.'— M.P.Satija, Journal of Education for Library and Information Science

Journal of Education for Library and Information Science

'I felt as if each topic had been covered by a fair and balanced approach, to build up a detailed overall snapshot of metadata practices as they stand today, with sufficient context of the past and indications of possible future directions for the sector to help me gain a better grasp of the state of play of the profession in which I work…I would recommend this book to anyone working in a role that incorporates information organisation and resource description (I think a good case could be made for requesting funds for a copy in many workplaces for the purposes of professional development) and having at least a quick glance through it, especially if you are new to the profession, training, or recently qualified.'

Catalogue & Index

" excellent introduction both for students and for practitioners new to the field, and the very readable text is well supported by numerous examples, and lists of additional reading. A welcome addition to the literature in this field."

Vanda Broughton (University College London)

"Metadata is a topic of great, and continuing importance in all the information sciences and collection disciplines. But it is one in which students and practitioners alike can become lost in details and specifics. Philip Hider's book takes a uniquely wide and integrative approach, combining basic principles and well-chosen examples to give an admirably clear insight into the subject."

David Bawden (City University London)

"Hider offers a clear and comprehensive look at metadata and all its many aspects—from its creation, to its many forms and uses, and even its future. This is a very readable text that any student or information professional will find useful and engaging."

Shawne D. Miksa (University of North Texas)

"This book promises to be a key resource in the field of information organisation. It takes a broad approach to information resource description without sacrificing the detailed description and explanation that students and practitioners will seek. Dr Hider demonstrates an enviable level of scholarly and professional knowledge and a capacity to structure and communicate it elegantly and with passion."

Stuart Ferguson (University of Canberra)

"For those newly minted librarians whose graduate school no longer teaches cataloguing, for established librarians switching gears in mid-career from reference to technical services or for faculty who need to teach description, this book is an invaluable introductory resource."

Collection Building

"Hider explains clearly the wide range of metadata that exists, and helps the reader further by guiding through the book with cross-references and direction. We know there is "more on this to come in the next chapter" or if we missed a detail, we can go back and locate it in context. This is useful for those learning the subject, as well as the more expert reader. Hider does an impressive job tying together so many different aspects of metadata and providing the "big picture", and the book is highly accessible and engaging."

Library Management

"…provides a clear multifaceted survey of the metadata landscape, which usefully relates complex standards and practices to difficult and demanding tasks. Readers seeking a better understanding of the broad reach of metadata in the contemporary environment will be well served."


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