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Wednesday, November 7 • 2:30pm - 3:10pm
From the Winter of Messy Data into the Spring of Standardization: eBook Vendor Data Re-envisioned

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*This presentation was also co-authored by Xiying Mi , Metadata Librarian at University of South Florida, who was unable to attend the conference.

The University of South Florida (USF) Libraries run several projects which involve collecting and displaying ebooks vendor metadata. These projects include seven Evidence Based Acquisitions (EBA) programs, one Patron Driven Acquisitions (PDA) program and the eBooks for Classroom Plus (EB+) database. The main focus of the projects is to support the Libraries’ Textbook Affordability Project (TAP). The TAP initiative’s goal is to help reduce textbook cost to students by encouraging faculty to use library purchased ebooks in the classroom. The metadata used in these projects is collected from a variety of vendor sources including titles lists, K-Bart files, entitlement lists and Marc records. Compiling data from various sources into a usable form can sometimes be a daunting task. The USF Libraries Metadata Team has developed processes which allows the library to collect ebook information from various vendors and multiple sources and standardize it into uniform formats. Standardized metadata provides the means for USF Libraries to track and maintain the various ebooks projects.

This presentation will give a brief history of USF Libraries EBA/PDA programs and the eBooks for the Classroom Plus database project. The libraries’ various uses of the vendor supplied ebook metadata will be discussed. Specific metadata issues related to EBA/PDA programs will be addressed along with standardization issues involving the eBooks for the Classroom Plus database. Data standardization and metadata clean-up workflows will be shared. Suggestions for providing more customizable vendor data will be proposed. Finally, an open discussion session will provide the audience with a forum to interact and share ideas, make recommendations, and ask questions about ebook metadata standardization.


Brian Falato

Senior Cataloger, University of South Florida
I have been doing original cataloging of books, journals, and video (both print and electronic) for 20 years. As we have gotten more involved with e-books at my institution, I have been increasingly focusing on batch loading. I have an interest in all forms of communication and... Read More →
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Bonita Pollock

Coordinator of Metadata/Cataloging, University of South Florida Libraries
I am the coordinator of metadata/cataloging at the University of South Florida Libraries Tampa Campus. My Research Agenda involves implementing Semantic Web Technologies into the library setting.

Wednesday November 7, 2018 2:30pm - 3:10pm EST
Calhoun Room, Francis Marion Hotel