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Some call her the queen of metadata; I call her, among other things, my Twitter wife (@ljndawson) and adviser on all things technical in publishing. Her name is Laura Dawson, and she is R.R. Bowker’s product manager of identifiers. Yes, that is a real job, and a damn important one in my eyes.
In this inaugural Publishing Players guest post (in which I aspire to educate book lovers, librarians or not, about the larger book industry), she offers a condensed history of metadata, that is, the pieces of information that identify books. Why is it so hard to find books online? How come juvenile content isn’t consistently differentiated from young adult? Read on, curious ones, and be sure to follow the tweets next week from Digital Book World for more on metadata.