Optimizing Workflow through Metadata Repurposing and Batch Processing

Title

Optimizing Workflow through Metadata Repurposing and Batch Processing

Subject

Metadata; Workflow--Management; Electronic data processing; Microsoft Excel (Computer file); OCLC Cataloging Subsystem; MARC formats; Dublin Core; Wichita State University. Libraries

Description

This article focuses on metadata repurposing and batch processing to improve cataloging workflow in a medium sized library. Some metadata repurposing cases at Wichita State University (WSU) Libraries are addressed, including transferring of an in-house inventory spreadsheet in Special Collections to MAchine-Readable Cataloging (MARC) records in Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) and batch import of WSU anthropological and biological image collections, Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP), and other research papers from Excel to the librariesÕ DSpace-based Shocker Open Access Repository (SOAR). The author discusses the implementation of external tools and programs to enhance the workflow. Program customization, metadata preparation, normalization, and transformation will be included in details. The article explores the possible options and decisions needed to be made in building a herbarium collection in SOAR using a combination of Dublin Core (DC) and DarwinCore (DwC) elements. These cases of metadata repurposing and batch processing promote sharing and reuse of metadata resources and greatly improve our cataloging workflow. They also demonstrate that collaboration between different departments, such as Special Collections and Technical Services, and among faculty, students, and librarians helps improve workflow efficiency in a library and beyond.

Creator

Deng, Sai

Publisher

Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Language

English

Type

publication; text; journal article

Identifier

DOI: 10.1080/19386389.2010.524862

Date Available

5/1/2017

Date Issued

11/20/2010

Extent

219-237

Bibliographic Citation

Deng, S. (2010). Optimizing Workflow through Metadata Repurposing and Batch Processing, Journal of Library Metadata , Volume 10, 2010 - Issue 4, pp.219-237, doi: 10.1080/19386389.2010.524862

Collection

Citation

Deng, Sai, “Optimizing Workflow through Metadata Repurposing and Batch Processing,” CALASYS - CALA Academic Resources & Repository System, accessed May 22, 2019, http://ir.cala-web.org/items/show/263.