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Metadata Services was formed in July 2013 through the centralization of all metadata activity within the Library, including image and special collections cataloging.

We were known as the Metadata Services Department from July 2005-June 2013.  From the founding of the University through June 2005, we were called the Catalog Department.  In those really old days, the department typed and filed cards into card catalogs, manual authority files, and the Official Shelflist.

Metadata Services is responsible for creating and managing the metadata for UC San Diego Library collections.

Metadata is structured data, more concise and consistent than full text, which allows for the more efficient discovery and management of information resources.

We view metadata work quite broadly and include in our scope:

  • Tangible materials in all formats (books, CDs, DVDs, microforms, images, maps, software, etc.)
  • Rare books and special collections materials
  • Electronic resources, encompassing original born-digital materials as well as licensed and open access content, including ebooks, ejournals, websites and digital personal papers
  • Materials in all languages
  • Manuscript collections (personal papers)
  • Digitized materials, including those that have been reformatted for preservation purposes
  • Research data sets

We take primary responsibility for creating, manipulating and managing metadata in these three key databases:

  1. Millennium (for monographs, serials, integrating resources and serial holdings).  This is the backend of Roger, the online public access catalog for the UC San Diego Library.
  2. DAMS (for digital objects except for art images). This is the backend of the Digital Library Collections site.
  3. Shared Shelf (for art images).  This is the backend of ARTstor, our discovery service for art images.

We also coordinate our metadata with OCLC WorldCat, which is the backend for Melvyl, the union catalog for the ten University of California campuses, and with the San Diego Circuit, a catalog that includes many libraries in the greater San Diego area. In addition we also synchronize our metadata with many other databases.

Introduction to Metadata Services (pdf)

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