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Samuel T. Barber

Cataloging and metadata LIBRARIAN


I spend most of my professional time creating, editing, transforming, beseeching and shouting at metadata. I manage Pollak Library metadata to ensure our resources are discoverable and accessible for all our users. Though metadata might sometimes seem mysterious and sound complicated, I work to demystify its concepts and implications by instructing others in ways that are clear and simple to understand. Once we understand metadata and what it is capable of, we can truly get it to work for us.


M.S. LIS. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

B.A. hons. Modern History, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Research Areas

Crowdsourced metadata creation and the revolutionary cataloging interface

Linked Open Data and the Semantic Web

Next-generation digital presentation of analog Library resources

Courses Regularly Taught

History 403B – annual guest lecture


The Zooniverse is expanding: crowdsourced solutions to the Hidden Collections problem and the rise of the revolutionary cataloging interface (forthcoming)

Several Pollak Library blog articles, including First lines / Last lines

Scholarly Work

Moderator, Southern California Arts and Special Collections Catalogers (SCASCC)