Looking back—looking forward: reflections of a transitional librarian
Diane I. Hillmann
It has been just ten years since OCLC Senior Research Scientist Stuart Weibel brought together the "geeks, freaks and people in sensible shoes" for the first Dublin Core workshop in 1995. Those ten years have broadened our view of the role of metadata beyond the simple extension of library experience and practices to the world beyond libraries. In fact, the case could be made that librarians have been more changed by this broader world than we care to admit. When pressed, most library-trained metadata practitioners continue to stress the importance of library traditions and values in their work, whether inside or outside libraries, and persist in the belief that these values continue to have an important place. Even with this allegiance to more than a century of library organizational ideas, metadata practitioners are moving into new and interesting territories. This essay explores some of these library traditions and values and how they relate to very different digital cultures librarians encounter in the broader world.
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