May 17, 2022

Conference Paper: “Taming the World “Wild” Web with Metadata for Everyone”

The following paper will be presented this August at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC 2015) in Cape Town, South Africa.


Taming the World “Wild” Web with Metadata for Everyone


Joan Weeks
Library of Congress


IFLA Library Web Site


Librarians create files that are uploaded on their library websites with little or no metadata which makes the content hard for search engines to find and for patrons with visual challenges using screen readers. This is particularly difficult as projects are underway to convert these files to new formats or just add them to digital archives. Many librarians believe that only a high-tech computer specialist could create and preserve web files with metadata. With the amount of work and lack of resources everyone needs to be involved! This presentation will demonstrate how everyone can add metadata quickly and easily to MS Word, PowerPoint, PDFs and basic webpages, as well as discuss how to set up guidelines for the best practices for accessibility.

Direct to Full Text Paper (7 pages; PDF)

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.