Creation and Management of Metadata
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Metaandmete loomine ja haldamine
Course title in English
Creation and Management of Metadata
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
Assessment form
lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
Aile Möldre (eesti keel) tavaline kursus
lecturer of 2020/2021  Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
• To create prerequisites for obtaining knowledge on the types and standards of metadata.
• To create possibilities for obtaining theoretical knowledge and practical skills on compiling metadata for describing information resources in OPACs.
• To create preconditions for acquiring basic classification-related competencies, for providing skills and knowledge about the main classification systems used in library and information services.
Brief description of the course
The concept, types and standards of metadata. Bibliographic description. General and special methods of description. International Standard Bibliographic Description (ISBD). Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR). Catalogues and cataloguing rules. Methods and sources of cataloguing data. Electronic catalogue as part of the integrated library system. Information units in electronic catalogues. Cataloguing module of the library system Sierra. MARC21 metadata standard and its implication. Bibliographic description according to ISBD and MARC21. Metada schema Dublin Core. Metadata standards EAD, VRA CORE, MODS, TEI and ONIX.
The user-centered next generation catalogues and adaptation of the catalogue with the Semantic web.
The concept and principles of classification. Classification systems of information resources, their historical background. Main types of classification systems (UDC, Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC). The Library of Congress Classification (LCC) etc). Formulating and creating of a classification system. Structure and methodology of UDC. Classification in e-catalogue and on the web. Practical assignments: classification according to different classification systems.
Independent work
Reading of recommended literature and lectures for practical assignments, completion of practical assignments, compilation of a group paper.
Learning outcomes in the course
After the completion of the course the student:
● Understands the concept of metadata and their role in library and information work;
● Have an overview about the types and standards of metadata;
● Knows the concepts and principles of bibliographic control and the international standards regulating it;
● Understands the principles underlying the electronic catalogues and know the methods and sources for the creation of cataloguing data;
● Knows the rules of bibliographic description;
● Is able to describe and catalog information resources according to ISBD and MARC21;
● Understands the concept of classification and its usage in library and information work;
● Knows the concepts and principles of different classification systems;
● Is able to create an classification system;
● Knows the methodology of classification;
● Is able to classify items according to UDC system.
Assessment methods
Written examination paper
dots A.Möldre
Replacement literature
Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records / IFLA Study Group on the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records.(1998). München: Saur. – 136 lk. URL:
Anglo-American cataloguing rules /prepared under the direction of the Joint Steering Committee for Revision of AACR, a Committee of the American Library Association…[et al]. – 2nd ed., 2002 revision. – Ottawa: Canadian Library Association; Chicago: American Library Association. URL:
MARC Standards /Library of Congress, Network Development and MARC Standards Office. URL:
Furie, B. (2009). Understanding MARC bibliographic: machine-readable cataloguing. URL:
Digital libraries: cataloguing and indexing of electronic resources. URL:
21st century metadata operations : challenges, opportunities, directions. (2010). Philadephia : Routledge.
Miller, S.J. (2011). Metadata for digital collections: A how-to-do-it manual. London: Facet Publishing.
Chowdhury, G. G. and Chowdhury, S. (2007). Organizing information: from the shelf to the Web. London : Facet.
Kirsel, A.-M. (2002). Liigitamise ja märksõnastamise toimkond – 10. Raamatukogu, 5, 31-32.
Masing, H. (1987). Märksõnaliigitus. Tallinn.
UDC Consortium.
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