Concetta La Spada joined Cambridge University Press in September 2015 as a Library Data Analyst. Prior to working at the Press she worked as a cataloguer at Baker and Taylor, and previously at a similar role with Blackwell. We interviewed Concetta to find out how she thinks metadata needs have changed, the importance of metadata and what the future may hold.

Q1) You joined the Press as a Library Data Analyst. What does your job involve?

My job is to look after the metadata of Cambridge ebooks and journals, particularly MARC records and KBART lists. We then supply this data to libraries, publishing partners and third parties, and ensure that they are correct and that they conform to the changing international cataloguing rules and standards. Part of my role is to work with individual customers to ensure that the metadata we provide feeds in to their discovery system, and all the correct fields are available.

Q2) Why is accurate metadata so important?

Accurate metadata is so important because, without it, it would be impossible for users to find our resources inside their library catalogues. Metadata underpins the usage and discovery of content, and allows users to find the right content whenever they need it.

Q3) What feedback do you receive most from librarians when it comes to metadata?

Usually they contact me to ask to put together files for specific collections. Sometimes about missing data, but these cases are becoming rare.

Q4) How has metadata changed since you started working in this field?

They have changed a lot. One of the most significant changes has been the move from the AACR2 (Anglo-American cataloguing rules) to the RDA rules. This new set of rules has revolutionized cataloguing in every aspect.

Q5) Where do you see the future of Metadata in 20 years’ time?

I see it in new coding and ways of putting together data that is readable by different library systems.

Q6) How do you work with discovery partners?

I send the data they need to them in order to make our products accessible through their platforms.

Q7) Quickfire round- Favourite book, Favourite place in Cambridge, Bicycle or car, Cambridge University Press is …………(five words)

The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa; Pembroke College; by bicycle; Cambridge University Press is the best place to work ever.

 

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