The following paper will be presented at the upcoming World Library and Information Congress, 78th IFLA General Conference and Assembly that will take place in Helsinki during August.
Assistant Professor/Metadata Librarian University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
IFLA General Conference 2012 Web Site
As the library collects and provides more resources in digital format, new units of granularity have emerged in access and description. Digital surrogates or born-digital resources makes it possible for more granular levels of access, e.g., a book can be accessed at chapter level and page level in addition to a book or journal title as a whole. In order to provide these granular levels of access, metadata should be created in granular levels as well. This paper discusses how the emerging needs of granularity of access and description makes the metadata and cataloging process a highly collaborative work, and suggests a way to design and create a metadata schema for describing granular levels of resources.