Monday, April 11, 2011

CONTENTdm, Metadata, and Old Settlers History

In S631 Advanced Cataloging, students at the IUPUI School of Library and Information Sciences (SLIS) are learning to use CONTENTdm software to create metadata for digitized images.  For you library folks out there, CONTENTdm is an OCLC product, so I imagine subscriptions must not be cheap.  (This is why I forgot everything from a CONTENTdm workshop I took in 2008 at INCOLSA--my Library couldn't afford to subscribe.)  However, CONTENTdm is easy to use, quite flexible, and it organizes uploaded or linked materials (and their associated metadata) rather nicely.  For my project, I have assigned metadata to Old Settlers Picnic & Festival (Mooresville, Indiana) photos and videos from the MPL Indiana Room Collection.  Want to see?  Just click the URL below:

[UPDATE (7/8/2011)It looks like OCLC or the course instructor has taken down the class postings for this CONTENTdm assignment.  So the link will "time-out," which means you can't see the project.  That's too bad.]

Need more information about metadata, including definitions?  Try this manual published by the National Information Standards Organization (NISO).  If you'd like to learn more about CONTENTdm, please visit the OCLC web site.  You might also like to watch one of OCLC's videos.

Bill Buckley
MPL Indiana Room Historian & Reference Coordinator, Adult Services

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