Workshop: Metadata Basics

  • 10 Jul 2018
  • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Colby College (Robinson Memorial Room in Special Collections at Miller Library)
  • 5


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Metadata Basics

Metadata is defined as a set of data that describes and gives information about other data. This Metadata Basics workshop will give attendees a solid understanding of the importance of metadata, how it is generated and how it is used. Specific examples will illustrate key points and a list of resources will be provided. 

The workshop will be taught in two sessions in order to accommodate a broad audience. Participants are welcome to attend one or both sessions.

Colby Special Collections will provide light morning refreshments. Lunch will be on your own.


10:00AM – 12:00PM: Morning session - introduction to metadata concepts and best practices, why controlled vocabulary is important

12:00PM - 1:30PM: Lunch on your own or in the dining hall on campus (your choice from the menu available that day)

1:30PM - 3:30PM: Afternoon session - standards and tools relevant to metadata work, case studies of how peer repositories approach metadata creation, importance of data back up

3:30PM - 4:00PM: Optional page turning of John James Audubon's The Birds of America in Special Collections

4:00PM: Optional MAM social mixer at the Silver Street Tavern (2 Silver St) in downtown Waterville

Your Presenter

This workshop is presented by Katie Donahue, Technical Services and Metadata Librarian, Colby Libraries. Prior to this, she enjoyed working as the Assistant Director of the Acadian Archives at the University of Maine at Fort Kent and as a manuscripts cataloger at the Georgia Historical Society in Savannah. "Katie" is a Bowdoin graduate and completed her MLS in archival management at Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Outside of work, Katie loves all things relating to pop culture and '90s music, much to the dismay of her husband and cat.

The Venue

The Robinson Memorial Room is located in Special Collections at Miller Library on the Colby College Campus in Waterville.  View the campus map.

Parking available in the Roberts Parking Lot, which is a short walk to the Miller Library.

This venue is wheelchair accessible.

Online registration will be open through July 5.  To register after this date, contact Pat Burdick at 207-859-5151 or

The size of the workshop space limits registration to 25 participants - register early to reserve your space!

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