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Philip E. Schreur

Head, Metadata Department


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Philip's role in the library

I lead the Metadata Department in our mission to create descriptive metadata for any resource Stanford may acquire in the most appropriate metadata standard for the project. In addition to metadata creation, the Department enhances, corrects, and maintains that metadata for internal discovery systems such as SearchWorks and communicates that metadata to outside systems such as OCLC.  Beyond the Department, I serve as a crucial liasion with other divisions within the Stanford University Libraries and as a resource for metadata concerns campus wide.  Nationally, I strive to shape the evolution of metadata creation and discovery through leadership positions in such organizations as the Program for Cooperative Cataloging and pursuit of emerging fields such as linked data.

Professional activities

American Library Association/ALCTS; Library Resources and Technical services Editorial Board; Program for Cooperative Cataloging Chair Elect (2011-2012), Chair (2012-2013); OCLC Research Library Program Metadata Managers; AMPAS Metadata Project Committee; Next Generation Cataloging & Metadata Services Pilot Program; Creating Library Linked Data: What Catalogers and Coders Can Build (speaker : ALA Annual 2012), Linked Data & Next Generation Catalogs (speaker : ALA Annual 2012); Linked Data as Revolution (Northern California Technical Processing Group 75th Annual Program, Berkeley 2012); Linked Data for Libraries: Why Should We Care? Where Should We Start? (Coalition for Networked Information, Baltimore, 2012).

Selected publications

The Academy Unbound: Linked Data as Revolution, LRTS v. 56, no. 4, 2012.


Ph.D., Medieval Music Theory, Stanford University, 1987.
M.L.I.S., Information Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1988.
B.A., Calvin College, 1980.