Introducing Metadata and Understanding its Best Practices



Ifrane, May 25, 2012 – Al Akhawayn University hosts a workshop on “Metadata: Foundations, Practice, and Effective Planning” on May 23-25, 2012. Organized by ELIME-21, an Institute for Museum and Library Services sponsored program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), and the School of Information and Library Science at UNC; the workshop gathers academic staff, librarians, students, and information professors from the U.S., Morocco, Egypt, and Russia. 

“Through this workshop we aspire to help create a bridge between our institution and Al Akhawayn University starting with the academic programs, exchange of our students, and providing opportunity to members of the academic community - mainly library staff - to help gain some knowledge about this field,” said Javed Mustapha, Professor at the School of Information and Library Science at UNC. 

The three-day workshop covers foundations of metadata, current practices in knowledge management, future directions, and the importance of metadata for libraries and information service agencies. Among the objectives of the workshop is ensuring that participants understand the concept and the language of metadata, are able to create a metadata record using Dublin Core, and are aware of the range of metadata standards and know-how to locate them. 

Leading the workshop are Jane Greenberg and Evelyn Daniel from the School of Information and Library Science at UNC. On the first day, the participants were introduced to metadata basics, standards, and tools before moving on to discussions and applications of the Dublin Core Standards through hands on activities. "The Metadata workshop came at the right time when Mohammed VI Library is launching several projects among which is the digitalization of data," said Aziz El Hassani, Librarian at Al Akhawayn University. "The workshop is definitely helping us at many levels from learning new tools to discovering how team work is necessary and effective to achieve our goals." 

Commenting on Mohamed VI Library at Al Akhawayn University, Professor Javed Mustapha said: “This is one of the jewels in this campus. The way the catalog is organized and the material is collected, and the services provided are excellent.” He added “we have been very pleased here and we have noticed that Al Akhawayn has been forward looking and advanced in its outlook for education. This is a nice environment for us to create collaboration.” 

ELIME-21 is a new program established by the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill , in conjunction with the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations. “Educating Librarians in the Middle East: Building Bridges for the 21st Century: ELIME-21” will lead to the establishment of graduate level LIS programs adapted to meet the local needs of two universities in North Africa and the Middle East, the American University in Cairo and Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane