Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Descriptive Metadata for Digitization Projects

This guide outlines metadata considerations for projects digitized in the Digitization Services unit.

Introduction

The DLS Metadata Best Practices is a document intended to guide the design of metadata profiles and application of descriptive metadata within the University of Illinois Digital Library System (DLS). This document was created based on a variety of nationally and internationally accepted metadata standards and reflects recommendations for assuring accuracy and consistency within digital collections and across the broader system. The DLS Metadata Best Practices document is intended to be a resource for content providers (librarians, archivists, etc.) as they work with the Metadata Librarian to prepare and use metadata profiles within the DLS. 

Please be advised, this document is NOT an instruction guide for how to create a metadata profile. All new profiles must be approved by the Metadata Librarian before being implemented. To develop a Metadata Profile for your collection in the digital library, please consult with Metadata Librarian Stephanie Luke.

Quick Guide: Metadata Elements on the Digital Library

For more information on each of these elements, see the complete Best Practices document in this guide. Additional elements are available to use in the Digital Library. See Appendix A in the Best Practices document for a list of these elements or contact Metadata Librarian Stephanie Luke for assistance.

Required Elements
Recommended Elements
Optional Elements

isPartOf

localId

title

provider

rights

type

accessRights

creator

contributor

date

description

language

subject

abstract

acquisitionSource

alternativeTitle

associatedPeople

coordinates

cartographicScale

dimensions

extent

genre

medium

notes

publicationPlace

publisher

relation

source

spatialCoverage

subCollection

subjectOrganization

subjectPerson

tableOfContents

temporalCoverage

Request for New Metadata Profile

This form is intended to assist with the creation of a new metadata profile in the UIUC Digital Library. After an initial discussion with the Metadata Librarian, please complete this information to indicate what metadata elements should be included in the new profile.