Core Forum Webinar Series on Metadata and Collection Part 4: On Your MARC, Get Set, Code!

This is Part 4 of the Core Forum Webinar Series on Metadata and Collections. To register for this single webinar presentation, click the registration button shown above. To register for the complete 4-Part Core Forum Webinar Series on Metadata and Collection, click this link to view the series registration page.


How are MARC records performing in our search environment? This presentation will look at the process and results of a research project that analyzed how users’ search terms matched up with MARC fields, as well as how and where MARC records were displayed in search results lists. Presenters will discuss the process, the results of the project, and outline how attendees can implement similar research projects at their institutions, including tools and techniques they can use to analyze how their own records are surfacing in a search environment.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Tools and techniques for research that analyzes web logs and search terms
  • How MARC fields interacted with user search terms in this research project
  • How the results of this research project were implemented in a cataloging workflow.

Liz Woolcott, Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services at Utah State University, manages the MARC and non-MARC metadata creation of the University Libraries and is the co-founder of the Library Workflow Exchange. She publishes and presents on workflow and assessment strategies for library technical services, innovative collaboration models, the impact of organizational structures on library work, creating strategic partnerships for libraries, and building consortial consensus for metadata standards.

Paul Daybell, Archival Cataloging Librarian at Utah State University Libraries, earned an MLS from Emporia State University and has been the Archival Cataloging Librarian at the Merrill-Cazier Library at Utah State University since 2020. He covers all things EAD and manages the library archival management system. His research interests include discoverability and tech services outreach.

Andrea Payant, Metadata Librarian for Utah State University since 2017, manages the creation and maintenance of Digital History Collections metadata at USU. She earned an MLIS degree from San Jose State University. She has been working in the cataloging and metadata field since 2008. Her research interests include: metadata quality benchmarks, metadata workflow efficiencies, and user-search behavior.

Tech Requirements

Core Webinars are held in Zoom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. You may interact with the presenter and ask questions through text-based chat. Closed captioning is available in the Zoom platform. The webcast will be recorded and the link to the recording shared with registrants shortly after the live event. 

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