Survey on Non-MARC Metadata in Law Libraries

Cross-posted; please excuse any duplication.


I am writing an article on non-MARC metadata use in law libraries. If you or someone else at your law library works with non-MARC metadata, other than in an online catalog, I’d be grateful if you would please respond to the following questions, and send your responses to me at richards1000@comcastnet . I'll be sure to acknowledge you in the article respecting any information you provide. Examples of non-MARC metadata projects include digitization projects (such as digitizing court opinions, statutes, secondary legal materials, or manuscripts or archival materials); creating archival finding aids in digital format; creating a subject-specific portal of digital documents; maintaining an institutional or scholarly repository; and maintaining a digital preservation archive.

• Please name the project(s)/collection(s) in which you use non-MARC metadata, and provide its/their URLs.

• What software or database platform(s) do you use (e.g., MS Access, My SQL/PHP, DigitalCommons, DSpace, CONTENTdm, eprints, etc.)?

• What structural metadata schema(s) or formats (e.g., EAD, TEI, HTML, XHTML, PDF, etc.) do you use, and what editors, scripts, or programs do you use to mark up digital texts or finding aids?

• What non-MARC descriptive metadata schema(s) (e.g., Dublin Core (Unqualified), Dublin Core (Qualified), MODS, etc.) do you use, and what editors, scripts, or programs do you use to encode this metadata?

• Respecting the content of non-MARC descriptive metadata, do you use authority files or controlled vocabularies for names of persons and institutions or for subject terms, and, if so, which external authority files or vocabularies (e.g., LC Name Authority File, LC Subject Headings, Genre Terms for Law Materials, CILP Subject Headings, etc.) do you use, or do you use locally created authority files?

• Are your non-MARC metadata databases compliant with OAI-PMH?

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need more information, and thank you very much in advance for your assistance.


Rob Richards

Robert C. Richards, Jr., J.D.*, M.S.L.I.S., M.A.
Law Librarian & Legal Information Consultant
Philadelphia, PA
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* Member New York bar, retired status.

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