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"This book is a synthesis of theory and practice surrounding metadata and its applications within particular disciplinary communities and digital library projects….Thoughtful consideration of the purposes of metadata, often illustrated through descriptions of stakeholders and motivations for the development of particular approaches, is a notable strength of the text."
Reference & User Services Quarterly
"Noted catalogers Intner, Susan S. Lazinger, and Jean Weihs have written an excellent text suitable for either students or librarians on the job who need guidance in preparing metadata. The book begins with an introductory description of metadata and an overview of some schemas, but the meat is in the two chapters devoted to creating bibliographic records as metadata for electronic monographic materials and continuing resources. Some familiarity with MARC and AACR2 is imperative, but anyone with even a modicum of cataloging experience will find the explanations and examples informative….Highly recommended for catalogers and other information professionals who need to understand the relationship between metadata and traditional bibliographic control."
"In recent years, metadata (data about data) has been the subject of countless discussions, research projects, and articles. This useful book does much to clarify the distinctions and complexities of the subject….The writing throughout the book is clear and supported by copious citations, figures, and screen shots. Two chapters boast sample exercises with answer keys, allowing readers to try their hand at cataloging and classifying metadata. Overall, a fine work that has much to recommend it."
"[A] useful book for both students….and for early stage researchers in the area of metadata….this book is easy to read and follow throughout."
"The organization of this hard-backed book augments the clarity with which the authors present their material….[t]his is a clearly written book with several unusual aspects that make it very useful for catalog librarians."