Metadata Literacy Skills: An Analysis of LIS Students

  • Tolga Çakmak
  • Serap Kurbanoğlu
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 552)


Resource description, one of the key components of the Library and Information Science (LIS) field, represents a set of processes based on standards and changes according to needs and new developments. Resource description processes and utilization of related standards require special skills and competencies for information professionals. Resource description skills are also known and described as metadata literacy skills. Metadata literacy skills are mainly composed of three sets of skills, namely basic skills, information object description skills and decision-making skills. LIS departments play an important role in equipping their students, in other words, future information professionals, with these skills. This study aims to explore the level of metadata literacy skills of undergraduate students in the Department of Information Management of Hacettepe University. A questionnaire was used as a data collection instrument. Findings of the survey indicate that these students have a higher level of confidence regarding basic and information object description skills, in comparison with decision-making skills.


Metadata Metadata literacy Metadata literacy skills LIS students Turkey 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Information Management, Faculty of LettersHacettepe UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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