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Cataloging and Metadata Council

About the council

The Cataloging and Metadata Council (CMC) is one of five functional councils within the Library. For more information on the structure of library councils, see the Library Organization Chart.


The Cataloging and Metadata Council is charged by and advises the Associate University Librarians for Digital Initiatives and Information Technology and Scholarly Resources. The Council is charged with ensuring alignment of shared cataloging and discovery standards, policies and procedures for Alma and Primo VE, as well as addressing emerging workflows and standards arising in the new UC systemwide integrated library system (SILS) environment. The Council serves as a communication venue within the Library and with Affiliated Libraries. Although primarily an advisory body, issues arising in CMC may be decided within the Council if appropriate. The Council advises and provides recommendations to the Head of the Collection Services Division, Head of Metadata Services (MdS) and AUL sponsors. Upon occasion and depending on the nature of the issue and its impact on the Library, recommendations may be directed to the Library Cabinet.


Cataloging and Metadata Council is advisory to the Associate University Librarians for Digital Initiatives and Information Technology and Scholarly Resources in the following areas:

  1. Ensure the alignment of shared cataloging and metadata standards, policies, and procedures affecting our SILS environment, discovery platforms, and other appropriate finding aids maintained by the Library.
  2. Raise issues and problems with existing cataloging and metadata standards, policies, and procedures and recommend solutions.
  3. Review, evaluate, and implement new national, system-wide and local cataloging and metadata standards, policies, and procedures.
  4. Comment on local, regional, or national cataloging initiatives.
  5. Monitor national trends in cataloging and metadata theory and practice.
  6. Respond to requests and problems identified by internal and external stakeholders, such as cataloging units, SILS groups, NRLF, Library administration, Library councils, Subject Specialty Libraries, Affiliated Libraries, BTECH, patrons, and staff.
  7. Communicate with all staff about cataloging and metadata issues.
  8. Advise on cataloging and metadata training needs and recommend solutions and/or plans.
  9. Validate, maintain, and make available cataloging and metadata related documentation written by the Council or from other sources.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion statement

The UC Berkeley Library stands firmly in opposition to discrimination and systemic oppression. Social justice, equal rights, and equal treatment for all are bedrock principles for the Library as we fulfill our public mission. It is clear that we must do more to address racism and other forms of prejudice or bias in the workplace and in the campus community. Cataloging and Metadata Council strives to advance the Library’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion within the context of our work, as it relates to diversifying how we describe our collections for discovery and access, with respect and sensitivity to all.


Members to include representatives from: each of the Subject Councils, each self-cataloging unit and Affiliated Library, Chair of BTECH, NRLF, Cataloging Management Group (CMG), Library IT, Acquisitions, Head of MdS, Head of Collection Services Division, AUL for Digital Initiatives and Information Technology, and AUL for Scholarly Resources. Guests may include PCC Program Liaisons and SILS group members.


Two-year term


Adam Baron, Head of Metadata Services


Adam Baron, Head of Metadata Services, SILS Resource Management (ex officio)
Randal Brandt, Head of Cataloging, Bancroft Library (ex officio)
Michael Campos-Quinn, Pacific Film Archive (ex officio)
Osman Celik, Acquisition Unit (ex officio)
Jim Church, Social Sciences Council, 2020-22
Tim Converse, NRLF (ex officio)
Jean Dickinson, Cataloging Management Group, SACO liaison, 2020-22
Frank Ferko, Music Library and Arts and Humanities Council, 2020-22 (ex officio)
Jackie Gosselar, Library IT (ex officio)
Salwa Ismail, Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Information Technology (sponsor, ex officio)
Haiqing Lin, Head Technical Services, East Asian Library (ex officio)
Lara Michels, Bancroft Library, 2021-23
Heiko Muhr, Earth Sciences and Map Library, Sciences Council, 2020-22 (ex officio)
Jo Anne Newyear Ramirez, Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources (sponsor, ex officio)
Jane Rosario, Division Head, Collection Services (ex officio)
Naomi Shiraishi, East Asian Library, BIBCO liaison, 2020-22 (ex officio)
Stella Tang, Metadata Services, CONSER and NACO liaison, 2020-22 (ex officio)
Chris Tarr, Law Library (ex officio)
Robert Toyama, Ethnic Studies Library (ex officio)
Linda Vida, Institute of Governmental Studies (ex officio)

Meeting schedule

First Monday of every month, 3-4 p.m., via Zoom

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