METRO Appoints Chris Stanton as Empire State Digital Network Metadata Specialist

We're pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Stanton as New York’s first Empire State Digital Network Metadata Specialist, beginning June 30, 2014.

20140529_Stanton.pngAs Empire State Digital Network Metadata Specialist, Stanton will facilitate the harvesting and ingestion of metadata records from libraries, archives, and cultural heritage organizations throughout New York State into the Empire State Digital Network (ESDN) repository. 

"I'm thrilled to be joining METRO as the Metadata Specialist for the Empire State Digital Network" said Stanton. "This is a tremendous opportunity to help increase access to New York's digital cultural heritage. I can't wait to get started!"

Stanton will work closely with the ESDN team to transform metadata from the various systems and schemas in use throughout the state into approved models for contribution to the Digital Public Library of America. The ESDN team consists of the ESDN Manager, Kerri Willette, the Metadata Specialist, Stanton, and a Technology Specialist who will be hired in the coming months. 

“We’re very excited to have Chris on our team,” said Kerri Willlette, ESDN Project Manager. “His hands-on experience with metadata normalization and mapping will be an essential component to ESDN’s success during this first year. We are looking forward to having him on board!”

"We are pleased to welcome Chris to New York to help facilitate the Empire State Digital Network’s mission to broaden access to the state’s rich and varied digital collections." said Kathy Miller, Director of Rochester Regional Library Council and President of NY 3Rs Association, Inc.

Over the past six years, Stanton has been involved in a wide-range of project work involving data mapping, cataloging policy, and best practice and controlled vocabulary development at various institutions including the National Library of New Zealand and OCLC. Stanton is an accomplished cataloger, skilled in metadata creation, crosswalking, and data normalization. He most recently worked as a Collection Description Librarian at the National Library of New Zealand, and holds an M.L.I.S. from Kent State University and a B.A. in History from Miami University.

About Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO)
Located in New York City, the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) is a nonprofit member services organization serving more than 260 libraries, archives, museums, and cultural heritage nonprofits in New York City and Westchester County. METRO has an almost 50-year tradition of providing a range of programs and services to its members, including grants, consultative and digital services, collaborative initiatives, and professional development and training.

About NY 3Rs Association, Inc.
Comprised of the nine Reference and Research Resources Councils, including METRO, the NY 3Rs Association brings together New York’s libraries and archives in the public, academic, school, research, hospital, non-profit and corporate sectors in order to ensure equal access to information for all New Yorkers. Fostering collaboration within each region and across New York State, the NY 3Rs Association, provides a range of capacity building services for its more than 7,000 member libraries and archives -- continuing education, electronic resources, information services to the healthcare community, consulting, digitizing, information technologies, and advocacy.