When: Wednesday, Jan 30 | 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Location: MTCC 203A

Days: Wednesday. Event Types: Session. Sectors: Library Technicians. Subjects: Academic, Advocacy/Outreach, and Collections.


In January 2017 NISO E-book Metadata working group commenced their work on developing recommended practice in regard to metadata in the supply chain of e-books. This presentation will begin by highlighting pain points in transmitting and managing metadata for E-books. Secondly, it will update on cross-industry solutions for the issues, to provide minimal requirements for E-book description to support sales, discovery, delivery, deaccessioning and preservation. Last but not least, it will reflect on the presenter’s challenges in co-chairing a working group that brought together diverse stakeholders such as scholarly E-book publishers, platforms, libraries and library service providers, and preservation organizations; How to balance the work in a way that voices all the stakeholders’ positions and interests?

The NISO E-book metadata working group was established in response to the urgent need of members in the E-book supply chain to improve the way metadata for E-books is created, updated and removed during the life cycle of every title. Also, since recent activities such as the BISG Best Practices for Product Metadata have articulated multiple purposes for E-book metadata, establishing the NISO working group was hoping to improve the communication among E-book stakeholders and members of the E-book supply chains, so that the quality of bibliographic metadata for E-books could evolve into an improved and enhanced version of what is currently available in the industry.

This presentation will review a wide selection of bibliographic fields and how they are being used differently by stakeholders in the E-book supply chain. Also, it will discuss how metadata connected to E-books and required by stakeholders is created in a fragmented way. For example, how pre-publication metadata is revised and overwritten by different parties during the life cycle of the E-book to suit their customers and patrons.

The second part of this presentation will focus on the recommended practices that the working group has established , to provide minimal but consistent requirements for E-book description, and will provide examples of use in different metadata schemas such as ONIX, MARC, Dublin Core, and BITS. As well, it will articulate the various life stages of E-books, and how the practice was created to consider the unique context of each stage—such as pre-publication, re-distribution and so on.

As the work of the E-book Metadata working group comes to an end, the third and last part of this presentation will focus on the challenges involved in chairing a working group with diverse stake holders, such as the need to respect different work flows, while informing ourselves on the various needs and various standards used in the E-book supply chain. How can we collaborate? How to ensure the recommendations are effectively implemented by different parties in the industry?