Metadata is everywhere! Thanks to computers and lovely Excel spreadsheets, metadata is so much easier to recycle now. No more copying and pasting information that is already there. All you have to do is export it into a spreadsheet, do a little cleaning up, and you can upload it into whatever program you need it to go into.
Today, I’m recycling MARC data and using it in my CONTENTdm records. With our old Sirsi system, I was just able to pull the metadata whenever I wanted, with whatever fields I wanted. Now that we have moved to WMS, I’m not able to do that anymore. I have to save all the records in my local save file in OCLC Connexion and then batch process them into MARCEdit where I then extract the fields I want and make them into a spreadsheet. Not such a big deal, but that just means you have got to remember to leave it in your save file until you batch them.
Call me crazy, but I love working with spreadsheets. I think they make organizing information so much easier. I use Excel and Google Docs constantly to keep all my projects organized and on track. I really like Google Docs because anyone (who you invite anyway) can access the information at anytime and you don’t have to worry about who has the document open. It’s just so convenient.
I’m currently working on Phase 6 (yes phase 6–that means 6 years of working on this project!) of our American Trade Bindings project (you can check out the project here: http://libcdm1.uncg.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/tb1). If any of you have heard of Lois Lenski (famous illustrator and author, you know), she gave our library some of her books collections (and of course her works). She donated an Early Juvenile collection and we are scanning the covers of some ranging from 1823 to 1905.
Little Minnie here is from 1876. I just think these kind of covers are so precious!