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MDG Conference & UKCoR RDA Day 2023 #CILIPMDG23

We are pleased to announce that we will be holding an in-person Conference, followed by the UKCoR RDA day, on 6th-8th September 2023 at IET Birmingham: Austin Court.

The main conference will take place over the first two full days, followed by a day hosting the UK Committee on RDA (UKCoR) for an exciting day covering all things Resource Description and Access (RDA).

Register your interest, and find out more on our CILIP Event Page.

As we Re-vitalise the Metadata & Discovery Group in 2023, we hope to Re-energise our communities of practice, Re-establish our principles, and Re-imagine the future of description/metadata.

To that end, this year’s MDG Conference aims to explore the topic of “Re-Discovery” as discovery is at the heart of the information world and the vital purpose of all metadata work.

The MDG Conference will explore all aspects of metadata and discovery from traditional cataloguing in libraries and archives, to metadata management, research data management and digital preservation in institutional repositories, digital libraries, and beyond.

We encourage submissions from library workers, information professionals, Library and Information Science students and researchers, research data and open access specialists, meta/data suppliers, and standards and system developers; anyone involved in metadata work!

View the full Call for Proposals and find out more about how to Submit on our CILIP Event Page.


MDG Online Day Conference 2021

MDG 2021 Online Day Conference

The Metadata and Discovery Group is pleased to announce its first single day, online only conference on 8th December 2021. CILIP MDG members and non-members are both welcome to attend. The conference will run from 10.00 to 16.00 and be held on Zoom.

Our keynote speaker this year will be Alan Danskin, Collection Metadata Standards Manager at the British Library who will present on the Futures of Cataloguing.

10:00-10:10*MDG  Welcome and introduction
10:10-11:10 Alan Danskin Keynote
11:10-11:30 Break General chat rooms
11:30-12:00 Helen Williams LSE’s adventures in Wikidata-land: tears and triumphs down the rabbit hole
12:00-12:30 Jenny Wright Working in the future: the inclusion of ISNIs in MARC21 bibliographic records, using automated solutions
12:30-13:30 Lunch break General chat rooms
13:30-14:00 Amber Billey and Sarah Theimer Introducing Open Cataloguing Rules: creating a freely available cataloguing code alternative to RDA
14:00-14:30 Getaneh Alemu From the principle of sufficiency and necessity to metadata enriching
14:30-15:00 Break General chat rooms
15:00-15:10 Barbara Band To Dewey or not to Dewey: the idiosyncrasies of cataloguing for school librarians
15:10-15:20 Victoria E Edwards The quality management of bibliographic metadata for e-books in UK higher education libraries
15:20-15:50 Martin Kelleher A UK NACO and SACO funnel – a call for funnelers
   *Timings subject to change until further notice



The conference is £20 +VAT for CILIP MDG members or £26 +VAT for non-members.


All presentations and question and answer sessions will be recorded and later uploaded to our YouTube channel. Questions can be taken directly after the presentation or submitted to the panel via the chat function. You can visit and subscribe to our YouTube channel here. You will find past presentations and conference papers there.