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Metadata Department

The Metadata Department creates, enhances, remediates, and transforms descriptive and discovery metadata in multiple schemas to provide discovery and access to library resources in SearchWorks (including the Stanford Digital Repository), through the integrated work of four units:

Metadata Development (MDU)


E-resources Control

Data Control

Organizational Chart (restricted access)

We also provide metadata consultation services and training throughout the libraries and to the university community at large. Many of our local standards and procedures for metadata creation in the MARC and MODS environments are provided here as a service to metadata librarians in other institutions. Stanford-only administrative procedures and restricted links are available on our intranet (Consul, restricted access). Please contact us for further information.



Mailing address:

Stanford University Libraries
Metadata Department
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford CA 94305-6004

Physical address:

Metadata Department
Lathrop Library
518 Memorial Way
Stanford CA 94305-3104