Book Metadata Outside of the Library
The first is an extract (p. 33) from the joint NISO/OCLC white paper, written by Judy Luther, on metadata workflows [http://bit.ly/NISO_OCLC] . The extract has an excellent overview of the metadata activities that happen outside of library cataloging departments, including the roles played by booksellers, wholesalers, and publishers.
Another item of interest in the issue is the report from OCLC's Renee Register on the March OCLC Symposium for Publishers and Librarians on Metadata (p. 40). This symposium brought together two groups that normally don't communicate, and the resulting areas of inquiry are a good reminder of the room for improved efficiency at multiple points in the metadata creation process.