Speaker: Steve Shadle, University of Washington
They created user profiles for the different types of users to help both their own staff and publishers understand how their users interact with different aspects of the metadata.
Historically, the library catalog was record of what the library held, but in the 90s, the library began including online resources, but not journal articles, and most library catalogs are still MARC-based.
The OpenURL link resolver takes a citation and formats it as a URL and links to relevant library services. A knowledgebase of the library’s holdings (print and electronic) supports this. [It appears we still need to have an explanation of how this works and why we need a tool like this to get to the appropriate copy?]
Library discovery services are a simple search of comprehensive content with a fast response time and includes local collections. They are meant for undergraduate or novice researchers in a discipline.
The discovery metadata typically comes from many sources of publishers and providers. It needs to be mapped to an underlying set of data elements in order to be indexed. It must be thorough enough to be searched and it must be accurate.
One place where discovery metadata fails is when there is a lack of journal history data. ISSN and title changes need to be associated with each other. Wiley, for example, submitted the current title and ISSN for the entire run of a journal, even when there were other titles and ISSNs in that history. This makes knowledgebases incorrectly tell users that we do not have content that we do. The discovery service providers are having to compensate for the missing data from publishers, who should know better what their journal histories are.
Another place where discovery metadata fails is the tagging of material types through incorrectly designed templates. Streaming audio should not be labeled as a book chapter. A review in Scopus is a “scientific review”, but these are sometimes included in limited searches for book reviews in some discovery services.
Libraries use more than just MARC records and the library catalog to provide access to publisher content. Publisher metadata is distributed to many systems, not just libraries. Any source that supports OpenURL can potential provide access to publisher content. Metadata accuracy is more than just correct transcription.
Publisher support can come from KBART, ODI, SerialsSolutions KnowledgeWorks, Project Transfer, PIE-J, MARC Record Guide for Monograph Aggregator Vendors, and MARCEdit.
Library catalogers can’t do it all. We’re relying more on publisher-supplied data.
Audience question about book chapters — Shadle thinks that those that are separately authored and easily cited, and so should have the same level of metadata as journal articles in our discovery services.