Metadata Workshop Concludes and Carolina Student begins Internship at Al-Alkhawayn University’s Library

   The second and third days of the UNC- Chapel Hill Metadata Workshop that was hosted by Al-Alkhawayn University were filled with exciting discussions and lessons on metadata and knowledge management.  Dr.  Evelyn Daniel led participants through an evaluation of a case study that gave a window into the development of  successful   metadata  workflows on a project-size scale.

Dr. Greenberg discussing the Dryad Digital Repository

Dr. Daniel during breakout group









Dr. Jane Greenberg  taught on  metadata generation,curation and life-cycles  as well as on the issues that arise with applying metadata in digital depositories.  This included common metadata errors and the application of the myriad metadata standards currently available.   Dr. Daniel weaved the metadata theme into her talk about knowledge management and the material, social and academic values placed upon knowledge.

As an added treat, Al-Akhawayn staff demonstrated for the participants the new website of the University’ s Mohammed the Sixth Library.  This led to fruitful discussion on the shared standards, platforms, and applications used at the institutions of the various participants.

One participant at the workshop, Billy Cook, a  Masters student at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS)  at UNC-Chapel Hill, stayed on at Al-Akhawayn University for a month long internship at the university’s library supported by a grant from Baker and Taylor.  The Baker & Taylor  scholarship to Morocco is new this year and is an addition to the company’s sponsorship of the summer seminars to London and Prague. Baker & Taylor is a leading worldwide distributor of books, video, music and games.

Billy Cook participating in Metadata Workshop

For updates on Billy’s experiences at the Al-Akhawayn Library, check out ELIME-21’s  Facebook page.



Metadata Workshop begins at Al-Akhawayn University


On May 23, 2012, professionals and  graduate students in the field of  information and library science from Morocco, Egypt, Russia, Canada,  and the United States began a three day workshop designed to enable participants with various level of experience with metadata to develop their knowledge on metadata standards, concepts, and practical know-how for information professionals.

UNC-Chapel Hill professor Dr. Jane Greenberg  was welcomed to Al-Akhawayn by Dr. Abdelhamid Lotfi, the  director of the university’s library, and introduced by UNC’s Dr. Javed Mostafa who also explained the ELIME-21 program and its goals  to the audience.

Participants were eager to expand their knowledge of metadata and relate it back to their work at their home institutions, be they digital repositories or reference services.

On this initial day, participants  reviewed ( or were introduced to)  metadata basics, standards, and tools before moving on to discuss and apply  Dublin Core Standards through hands on activities.