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Thursday 26 October 2017

Metadata & Discoverability 101 for Books

Date and time

Online, 10:00 - 11.30 EDT (New York), 15:00 - 16:30 BST (UK), 16:00 - 17.30 CEST (Central Europe)    

*Please note: if you are unable to join the webinar on this date and time, you may register and receive a recording for viewing at a time to suit you.

Speaker Biographies


Do you have a well rounded discovery strategy for books? Is your content visible via the right discovery channels? Good quality metadata, adherence to standards and keeping up with the latest trends and developments are key to ensuring publishers' strategies in this area remain current and competitive. This webinar provides a practical overview of the critical components of a successful metadata/discoverability strategy for books.

Who should attend?

This webinar will address issues relevant to everyone with an interest in optimising the visibility and discoverability of book content  – with particular interest for those working within Product Management, Sales & Marketing, and Production roles.

Main take home points

  • Attendees will come away with an understanding of the building blocks for a robust metadata and discoverability strategy for books e.g. formats, frequency of indexing, the key distribution channels, and more. 
  • Publishers will be in a position to assess and adjust their own strategy for books according to best practice and latest trends, ensuring their content is in the right format and visible in the right places.
  • Learn about new developments and trends in book metadata and discoverability . 



Chair: Sarah Thompson, Head of Collections, University of York

Dave Hovenden
,Senior Manager, Content Operations, Ex Libris/ProQuest (Canada)
Books in Discovery: What Discovery Services Look for and Encounter When Working with Book Metadata
Discovery systems can be a great opportunity to increase usage of ebooks in an academic library setting. This presentation will look at the type of a metadata a discovery service (such as Summon or Primo Central) looks for, as well as understanding the importance of knowledgebases for discovery, and the common challenges encountered with working with book metadata.

Julie Zhu
, Manager,  Discovery Service Relations, IEEE (USA)
Collaborate to Make Books More Discoverable: A Publisher Perspective
IEEE publishes several types of monographs: ebooks, conference proceedings, and standards. This presentation will look at how publishers can assess content gaps in discovery services, search engines and other discovery channels, and discuss what projects publishers can undertake to collaborate with internal teams, vendors and libraries to improve book metadata and workflows and to increase discovery, linking and access of books in multiple discovery channels.

Concetta La Spada
, CUP, UK, 
Improving eBook Discoverability 
Formulating a strategy for improving book discoverability requires the investment of both time and resources, but can pay off in terms of increased discoverability, usage and customer satisfaction. At CUP we have implemented a strategy and continue to face challenges to ensure this works in the best way possible. With our experience we feel confident in supplying the best metadata to our customers and library services suppliers. It is fundamental that the metadata is correct and properly coded in order to achieve the best discoverability of e-resources.
We suggest the following four steps:

  • Deciding which data should be produced and checking that it is detailed and correct
  • Working out where it needs to go
  • Establishing how often it needs to be updated
  • Analysing all these points and identifying if your organisation has the rights skills and experience to deliver on them. If not, training or recruitment may be needed.

Simon Skinner, Bibliographic Data Services Ltd
Quality Data
The creation of quality metadata is a complex process and BDS excels at creating metadata to the highest standards.  We create data from information supplied directly from publishers - and aggregate, curate and add value to this information, while adhering to stringent industry standards throughout the process.  Our aim is to ensure that our clients have accurate, consistent and timely data of the highest quality. This presentation will focus on the key data creation processes as well as the requirements of major clients and what publishers can do to ensure their data is appropriately reflected in BDS’ products and services.

Registration and booking

ALPSP Members £60 + VAT per person
Non-Member £100 + VAT per person

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