Well, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I am glad I have such an interest in exploring the metadata schemes that work best for digital collections and visual resources. In a recent survey of special collections by OCLC Research, this comment rose to the top for me:
“Half of respondents reported a need for education or training in cataloging and metadata. It may be that figuring out appropriate metadata approaches for digital collections is the stumbling block.”
There are many interesting results from this study including an increase in digitization, productivity, and outsourcing (ouch) and a decrease in much needed staff even as usage increases. And here is the full report on iTunes.