ML(I)S traditionally stands for “Master of Library (and Information) Science”. However, Erica Leeman, Metadata Associate at the MIT Press (MITP) and Abigail Wickes, Discoverability Associate at Oxford University Press (OUP) offers a new meaning for this familiar acronym – Metadata Librarians In Scholarly publishing. This interesting topic came to us from The Scholarly Kitchen in their article, “MLIS: Metadata Librarians In Scholarly publishing.”
Individually and together, they have come to recognize the value of an MLIS degree and the need for metadata expertise in publishing. They hope to bring attention to importance of metadata in scholarly publishing and the exponential effects of investing in quality metadata.
Leeman states that her enthusiasm for taxonomies led her to her current position where one of many responsibilities involved creating a subject taxonomy for MITP. As the Metadata Associate, things like creating the taxonomy, data cleanup, creating and improving workflows, are part of the day-to-day priorities. She points out that the degree of MLIS can lead down many different paths.
Melody K. Smith
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