Descriptive Metadata for
Audio-Oriented Digital Collections

This website was created by John Huck in March of 2010, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the capping exercise (LIS 600) of the Master of Library and Information Studies offered at the University of Alberta School of Library and Information Studies. It is based on a research paper completed as part of a directed study (LIS 599) undertaken in the spring and summer of 2009.

The research was also presented at the Forum for Information Professionals, held by the Library and Information Studies Students' Association on February 5, 2010. Slides and an audio recording of the presentation are available here.


This research project asks whether audio material in online digital collections might have specialized descriptive metadata requirements, and, if so, what they might be. To answer these questions, an overview of current practice was undertaken. Eighteen audio-oriented online collections were identified and sample records from each were examined to discover the character of the metadata elements used in each collection. The results were interpreted both in the context of individual collections and on an aggregate level. The findings provide a new perspective on the interdisciplinary nature of online audio-oriented collections and their metadata requirements.

School of Library and Information Studies
University of Alberta