The Metadata Services Program ensures the consistency and integrity of the Libraries’ structural metadata assets, including descriptive, holdings and access data related to library collections and Notre Dame scholarship. The program works across a variety of industry standards, schemes and encoding structures, and program members collaborate with others across the Libraries on collection processing, discovery and access. The Program stewards the Libraries' metadata strategy, policy and services, including key components such as assessment and analysis of metadata utilized throughout its life cycle, as well as remediating and transforming metadata to support resource discovery and services for teaching, learning and research.
As Director of Metadata Services, Laura's work focuses on moving the Libraries’ metadata agenda forward through cross-programmatic collaboration to ensure consistency and quality of metadata related to Libraries' collections and Notre Dame scholarship. This work is carried out through a variety of services related to metadata creation, enrichment, remediation and transformation. Program staff is committed to adherence to industry standards. The Program directly supports the processing of general and specialized collection analog and digital resources and vended electronic resources in support of University teaching, learning and research.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Laura holds a bachelor's degree in French and master's degree in Library and Information Studies.
Jared Collins manages the Collection Processing Unit in the Metadata Services Program. This unit serves the Libraries' by processing physical scholarly resources added to the Libraries' collection in support of teaching, learning and research. Additionally, Jared and his team are committed to creating and enriching metadata according to nationally approved and locally adopted standards. They participate extensively in data remediation projects and Jared serves as co-curator of the Libraries' Government Documents collection. The work of this unit directly impacts patron discovery of resources and ensures solid patron services centered on access to the Libraries' general collections.
Jared holds a B.S. in Geography from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and a M.S. in Zoology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Peggy Griesinger is a faculty librarian and head of the Metadata Technologies & Design Unit in the Metadata Services Program. Peggy and her team design and use programmatic solutions to the challenges of managing a complex network of resource metadata. The Unit creates, transforms and remediates metadata to support multiple applications across the Libraries' resource description, discovery and systems landscape. Working collaboratively on operational and development projects, Peggy and her team apply knowledge of metadata standards and information technology processes to support batch and record loading of vendor supplied metadata. Their knowledge of data languages, queries and frameworks intersect with a strong understanding of metadata standards, schemes and rules to produce crosswalks and transform metadata in ways necessary to bridge traditional library cataloging models with modernized schemes for web-based systems of discovery.
Peggy has an M.L.S. and a B.A. in Classical Studies, both from Indiana University Bloomington.
Robert Kusmer is a faculty librarian and curator of the German Language and Literature collection in the Libraries. Rob is an Affiliate in the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and Interim Head of the Resource Description Unit in the Metadata Services Program of the Hesburgh Libraries.
The Resource Description Unit creates or enriches resource metadata for a wide range of resource types, schemes and encoding practices to ensure the Libraries' specialized and unique holdings are discoverable through a variety of systems. It ensures the proper application of industry metadata standards and performs subject analysis, rare books cataloging, original cataloging, metadata work for digital content, authority control work, and identity data management.
Rob holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University in German Language and Literature, as well as a master's degree in Library Science from Kent State University and B.A. cum laude in German from Cleveland State University.