On-Demand Webinar: Mind the (Training) Gap: Assessing Metadata Competences During a Multi-System Migration


Over the past three decades, the emergence of digital repositories has required the skill sets of technical service professionals to adapt and evolve. Cataloging practice has enlarged from workflows focused on bibliographic description to metadata creation for the long-term preservation of digital assets. This presentation discusses a multi-department collaborative project to reprocess digitized university art exhibition catalogs in an academic library at an R1 research university. It examines the challenges to legacy metadata remediation, the implications of a lack of training with migrations, and how to manage the expectations of internal repository stakeholders. Furthermore, it prioritizes the importance of organization-wide investment in repository management, and positions a culture of continuous assessment as a prerequisite for fulfilling the library’s mission. Consequently, a library’s impact can be amplified, and its staff can be empowered to meaningfully contribute to its advancement.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the presentation, attendees will:

  • Be familiarized with digital preservation measures and benchmark tools;
  • Be able to develop a framework for assessing skills, competencies, and knowledge gaps; and
  • Understand practical methods for generating a culture of learning in an academic library technical services setting.

Who Should Attend: Librarians, archivists, digital curators, metadata creators, and others working with digital repositories, migrations, metadata remediation, and collection assessment.


Dana Reijerkerk is the Knowledge Management and Digital Assets Librarian at Stony Brook University.

Kristen J. Nyitray is Director, Special Collections and University Archives, and University Archivist at Stony Brook University.

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