Information Resource Description, 2nd edition

Oct 2018 | 288pp

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Information Resource Description, 2nd edition
Creating and managing metadata

Philip Hider

This new edition offers a fully updated and expanded overview of the field of information organization, examining the description of information resources as both a product and process of the contemporary digital environment.

Information Resource Description 2nd edition explains how the various elements and values of descriptive metadata support a set of common information retrieval functions across a wide range of environments. Through this unifying framework, the book provides an integrated commentary on the various fields and practices of information organization carried out by today’s information professionals and end-users.

Key topics and updates to the first edition include:

  • recent scholarship published in the field
  • linked open linked data initiatives such as BIBFRAME
  • the new IFLA Library Reference Model and its five user tasks
  • current versions of the key metadata standards
  • contemporary discovery tools and approaches.

The book is intended for LIS students taking information organization courses at either undergraduate and postgraduate levels, information professionals wishing to specialize in the field, and existing metadata specialists who wish to update their knowledge.



List of figures and tables

Preface to the First Edition

Preface to the Second Edition

List of abbreviations

1 Definitions and scope 
Information resources 
Resource description 
Elements, values, format and transmission 
Managing metadata 
The contemporary information environment 
Information organization 
A potted history 
Search engines, linked data, data mining and granularity 
Overview of this book 

2 Information resource attributes 
Describer and user contexts 
Information resource contexts 
The functions of metadata 
From attributes to elements 

3 Tools and systems 
Indexes and databases 
Bibliographic databases 
Library catalogues 
Federated search systems 
Archival finding aids 
Records management systems 
Museum registers 
Content management and repository systems
Search engines 
Online directories 
Citation databases 

4 Metadata sources 
Resource creators 
Information professionals 
Library cataloguing
Metadata librarianship
Indexing and abstracting 
Archival description 
Records management 
Museum documentation 
Information architecture 

5 Metadata quality 
Vocabulary and authority control 
Principles of best practice 
Quality assurance 
Cost–benefit analysis 

6 Sharing metadata 
Library catalogue records 
Metadata from repositories, archives and museums 
Linked data 

7 Metadata standards 
Web publishing 
Digital libraries 
Records and document management 
Book publishing 
Book indexing 
Database indexing 
Audiovisual industries 
Registries of standards 

8 Vocabularies 
Controlled subject vocabularies 
Subject headings 
Subject thesauri 
Subject classification schemes
Non-subject vocabularies 
Vocabulary mapping and directories 
Identification systems 

9 The future of metadata 
Three approaches to information access provision 
Content-based information retrieval 
Social metadata 
Professional description 

Further reading

List of metadata standards 
Archival description and recordkeeping 
Library cataloguing rules 
Principles and models for cataloguing rules 
Indexing and abstracting 
Style manuals 
Museum documentation
Subject heading lists 
Classification schemes 
Name heading lists 
Encoding and transmission standards 
Registries and directories 


‘As we enter the infosphere, and documents in an increasing variety of forms and media become ever more essential for our society, so the problems of organising information increase. This second edition of Philip Hider's book addresses one essential component: the organising of information resources through their description. Its focus on general principles expressed in different contexts, and its equal treatment of systems, sources and processes, makes it a valuable addition to the Foundations of the Information Sciences series.’
 - David Bawden, Professor of Information Science, City University London

Review of the previous edition:

' excellent introduction both for students and for practitioners new to the field, and the very readable text is well supported by numerous examples, and lists of additional reading. A welcome addition to the literature in this field.'
- Vanda Broughton, University College London

'Hider offers a clear and comprehensive look at metadata and all its many aspects—from its creation, to its many forms and uses, and even its future. This is a very readable text that any student or information professional will find useful and engaging.'
- Shawne D Miksa, University of North Texas

'This book promises to be a key resource in the field of information organisation. It takes a broad approach to information resource description without sacrificing the detailed description and explanation that students and practitioners will seek. Dr Hider demonstrates an enviable level of scholarly and professional knowledge and a capacity to structure and communicate it elegantly and with passion.'
- Stuart Ferguson, University of Canberra

'For those newly minted librarians whose graduate school no longer teaches cataloguing, for established librarians switching gears in mid-career from reference to technical services or for faculty who need to teach description, this book is an invaluable introductory resource.'
- Collection Building

'Hider explains clearly the wide range of metadata that exists, and helps the reader further by guiding through the book with cross-references and direction. We know there is “more on this to come in the next chapter” or if we missed a detail, we can go back and locate it in context. This is useful for those learning the subject, as well as the more expert reader. Hider does an impressive job tying together so many different aspects of metadata and providing the “big picture”, and the book is highly accessible and engaging.'
- Library Management

'…provides a clear multifaceted survey of the metadata landscape, which usefully relates complex standards and practices to difficult and demanding tasks. Readers seeking a better understanding of the broad reach of metadata in the contemporary environment will be well served.'
- Technicalities

‘Hider effectively integrates a consideration of the nature of metadata with a narrative about its management. He carries forward the work of Caplan (2003) and Haynes (2004), and to some extent Zeng and Qin (2008), and provides an excellent account of the way in which metadata is created, used and managed, incorporating more recent developments... A particular strength throughout the book was the way Hider goes back to basic principles and his use of examples from everyday life to illustrate his points. I shall certainly be recommending this book as a text to my colleagues and students. I hope that information professionals and wider practitioners involved in delivering access to information resources take the time to read this excellent overview of current metadata practice.’
- Alexandria

‘Hider does an excellent job of providing historical background, current context, and future considerations for students of this field.’
- Technical Services Quarterly

‘Hider does an impressive job tying together so many different aspects of metadata and providing the “big picture”, and the book is highly accessible and engaging.’
- Library Management

‘Philip Hider ... has written a marvellous book that gives a solid and understandable overview of how metadata works...  he has a special knack of encapsulating concepts, explaining what he is writing about in simple terms... this skill of Hider's is remarkable.’
- Aust. Academic & Research Libraries

‘This is a valuable resource for anyone entering the library profession as well as seasoned catalogers interested in what the future holds for their profession and how they can capitalize on current resources and knowledge to adapt, survive, thrive, and ultimately succeed in the metadata generation... Recommended for all libraries and particularly for technical services librarians.’
- Catholic Library World

'Hider has brought us a well-written overview of trends in cataloguing and metadata creation.'
- Library Review

Philip Hider is Head of the School of Information Studies and Professor of Library and Information Management at Charles Sturt University, Australia. He has worked, taught and researched in the field of information organization in the UK, Singapore and Australia. He holds a PhD from City University, London and was made a Fellow of CILIP in 2004.

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