Cataloguing, metadata and classification

 

The University of Birmingham Library follows international standards in order to help users find, identify, select and obtain the most useful information.

Contact us

In the first instance, library users should contact their appropriate Subject Adviser, who will then contact the Metadata team.

Alternatively, contact us: catqueries@bham.ac.uk

Queries

Examples of problems that can be solved by the Metadata Team:

  • Out-of-date classmarks or books misclassified under the wrong subject, e.g. A book on dog obedience in the Mozart section.
  • Journals that have changed their title, e.g. "The Joy of Gardening” has become “The Joy of Turnips”.
  • FindIt records that are inaccurate or wrong.

The team

This work is undertaken by a team of specialist librarians, which includes language experts and specialists in all subjects and formats.   Some of the standards we follow are Library of Congress Classification (LCC), Genre Headings and Subject Headings (LCSH), Dewey Classification and Resource Description and Access (RDA).