Metadata essentials

Metadata is playing an increasingly important part in information management. This course introduces the concepts and terminology of metadata and places it within the wider context of library and information work. This Metadata Essentials programme also shows how current thinking on metadata will affect future cataloguing practice.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course participants will have:

  • A clear understanding of the definition of metadata.
  • Identified the relationship between metadata and cataloguing.
  • Discussed the concepts behind metadata and its terminology.
  • Examined examples of metadata at work.
  • Explored metadata standards used in library and information work.

The programme is designed for experienced cataloguers and library and information professionals who are deploying their skills in new areas, and also those who are responsible for managing cataloguing departments will find this programme useful. This programme provides a good introduction to metadata but is not intended for experienced metadata officers. Organisations may also benefit from offering the CILIP programme on Institutional Repositories and Metadata.

Sample programme

  • Definition of metadata.
  • Metadata and cataloguing.
  • Metadata concepts.
  • Applying metadata.
  • Metadata standards in library and information work.
  • Metadata exercises.
  • Managing metadata.
  • Metadata for retrieval.
  • Review and evaluation.

Related knowledge and skills

About the trainer

David Haynes

David Haynes is an information consultant who has developed taxonomies, file plans, thesauri and classification schemes for a variety of clients in the public, private and third sectors.  He is course tutor for several CILIP courses on Metadata and Taxonomies.  He is also author of Metadata for Information Management and Retrieval (Facet, 2004)