Nancy Lorimer

Head, Metadata Department

Nancy Lorimer
(650) 725-8819

As Head of the Metadata Department I am responsible for leading and integrating the work of 4 units--Metadata Development (MDU), Classification, E-resources Control, and Data Control--in creating, enhancing, and transforming descriptive and discovery metadata to provide the best possible discovery and access to library resources (both physical and digital) through SearchWorks. The Metadata team is known for its embrace of experimentation with new technologies, techniques, and standards, and is currently involved in a number of linked data projects. We also offers metadata consultation services and training throughout the libraries and to the university community at large. 


  • MLIS, University of Western Ontario (1996)
  • ABD, Musicology, University of Chicago
  • MMus, Musicology, University of Edinburgh (1988)
  • BMus, Honors Music History, University of Western Ontario (1984)

Professional activities 

  • Linked Data for Production Performed Music Ontology subgroup (2016-2017; Coordinator)
  • PCC URI in MARC Task Force (2015- present)
  • IMLS Authorities Forum (IMLS grant through Cornell University)--Stanford & Linked Data for Production representative
  • Music Library Association Music Discovery Requirements Task Force (2016-present)
  • Rare Books & Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the Association for College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Bibliographic Standards Committee (2014-
  • SACO Music Coordinator (2012-present)
  • Rare Books & Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the Association for College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Task Force on RDA (2012-present
  • Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC). Preliminary development of music-specific additions to the RDA bibliographic standard record
  • PCC. Standards Committee on Training. RDA Records Task Group (2011-2012)
  • Music Library Association (MLA). RDA Music Implementation Task Force (2011-present
  • MLA, Board. Member at Large (2008-2010)
  • MLA, Bibliographic Control Committee. Chair (2004-2008)

Selected Publications 

Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Music), 2016 (Editor-in-Chief, 2013-2016)

"Unlocking Historical Audio Collections: Collaborative Cataloging and Batch Searching of 78 rpm Recordings." Technical Services Quarterly 29 (2012), p. 1-12.

More about me 

In my student years, I played bassoon and recorder semi-professionally, though I specialized in music history, particulary medieval and contemporary music. My master's paper analyzed the Sequenzas of Luciano Berio, and my doctoral work centered on the music and liturgy at Rouen Cathedral in the 13th and 14th centuries. Moving on to library school, I specialized in music cataloging, particularly of rare materials. Of late, I have been deeply involved in Linked Data for Production (LD4P), a Mellon-funded grant led by Stanford, with the aim of beginning to transform technical services workflows into the linked data environment. I am also the coordinator for an LD4P subgroup who is developing a performed music ontology based on Bibframe.

In other parts of life, I quilt, garden, swim, and run.