innovation in metadata design, implementation & best practice

Alasdair MacDonald

Metadata Co-ordinator
University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Representing Institutional Member: University of Edinburgh

Since January 2014, Alasdair MacDonald has been employed as Metadata Co-ordinator at Edinburgh University Library, with overall responsibility for managing the Metadata Services team. The work of the team is mainly focussed on the RDA and MARC21 standards, with greater automation in dealing with new acquisitions allowing for more cataloguer resources to be devoted to project work and making hidden collections available through the Library's discovery service. More recently, Metadata Services has undertaken pilot initiatives with other colleagues producing descriptive metadata, including the Archives and Digital Development teams. Alasdair's previous post was Head of Bibliographic Maintenance and Authority Control at the Bodleian Libraries and he has also worked at the National Library of Scotland. He is a member of the CILIP Cataloguing and Indexing Group Scotland committee and regularly presents at their events and seminars. He is particularly interested in author/person identification and how to implement this across different platforms, metadata standards and institutions.