Event Information

Metadata Management: Processes and Best Practices for Publishers

May 14, 2014 - 12:30 PM
Open Book (Target Performance Hall) 1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis
Member price: $20
Non-member price: $25

Event Description

Building on a brief summary of metadata fundamentals, this presentation will cover what happens when your metadata leaves your publishing house. Retailers and libraries--not just publishers--use many sources of metadata, and some of these data feeds overwrite one another. Retailers also change the metadata that gets sent to them, load data feeds at different rates, and handle corrections differently. Participants can expect to come away with practical guidelines on creating, distributing, and updating the metadata for their books.

Laura Dawson is Product Manager for Identifiers at Bowker, the world's leading provider of bibliographic information management solutions designed to help publishers, booksellers, and libraries better serve their customers. Previously, Laura worked at the following companies: Firebrand, Muze/Rovi, SirsiDynix, Barnes &, independent booksellers, Bantam Spectra Books, and Doubleday.

Laura has also been an independent consultant to the publishing industry. Her clients have included Bowker, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, Cengage, Audible, Alibris, Loyola Press, Carson-Dellosa, Chuckwalla, Capstone Press, and Book Industry Study Group.

Laura Dawson

Where & When
Open Book (Target Performance Hall)
1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis.
Wednesday, May 14; 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Parking Information
There is a small side lot next to the Open Book building (just past the building on the right as you are heading east on Washington; for those heading west, turn on 10th or 11th and go down the alley to access the lot). If the Open Book lot is full, other options are:
  • Meters along 10th and 11th take credit cards, bills, and quarters; most cost $1.00/hour.
  • Guthrie ramp is a block away. Enter on 9th Avenue (between Washington and 2nd Street South).
  • Municipal parking ramp across from the Mill City Museum (this is a longer walk because it is a block farther away and the entrance is on 2nd Street South).

Event Day Information
Doors open at 11:30 a.m.; presentation will begin at noon. Fees, which include lunch, are $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Reservations required. If space allows walk-ins, those without reservations will be charged $30 at the door. If you reserve a place, a lunch will be ordered for you and you'll be expected to pay for it whether or not you attend.


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