Call for Papers: Special Issue on Name Authority Work in the Linked Data Environment: Journal of Library Metadata


Guest Editors:

     Patricia Lampron / Metadata Services Specialist (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

     Melanie Wacker / Metadata Coordinator (Columbia University Libraries)



Linked data and the semantic web have been the focus of library metadata research for years, in particular, the question of how cultural heritage and library communities can leverage this technology to enhance their metadata and build relationships across the web to their materials. One area of library metadata that stands to benefit from linked data is name authority work. Utilizing various name authority thesauri such as VIAF, LCNAF, etc. for the enhancement of local authority files allows for building stronger connections between people and library resources, places, and other people. Designing applications that allow users to explore name authority metadata both from within and outside the local name authority file can help to provide rich contextual information for researchers and may help move the library community toward a more distributed model for vocabulary maintenance.


But this work also comes with challenges. Remediating and preparing locally created metadata for the linked data environment requires time, effort, and knowledge. Best practices and workflows are required to maintain authority files. Knowing what users want and expect from name authority metadata is also necessary to design useful applications. This special issue aims to explore current research, practices, and challenges in the work of creating and maintaining local name authorities and how they benefit from and interact with the linked data environment.


Topics: Recommended topics include, but are not limited to the following:

     Name authority application development

     Reconciliation and management of name authority metadata

     Transitioning from authority files towards identity management

     Best practices for local name authority files

     Name authority metadata, application interfaces, and user needs


Submission Procedure: Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before July 31, 2018, a proposal (between 500 to 700 words) clearly explaining the objectives and concerns of his or her proposed article.  Authors of accepted proposals will be notified shortly about the status of their proposals. Full manuscripts (3000-7000 words) are expected to be submitted by September 30, 2018.  All submitted manuscripts will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis.


Please forward submissions electronically (Word document) to the guest editors at: 

·         Patricia Lampron: [log in to unmask]

·         Melanie Wacker: [log in to unmask]


The Journal of Library Metadata—retitled from the Journal of Internet Cataloging to reflect a wider focus—is the exclusive forum for the latest research, innovations, news, and expert views about all aspects of metadata applications in libraries and about the role of metadata in information retrieval. This focused journal comprehensively discusses practical, applicable information that libraries can effectively use in their own information discovery environments. Specialized knowledge, the latest technology, and top research are presented pertaining specifically to evolving metadata use in libraries. More information about the Journal of Library Metadata can be found online at

Melanie Wacker
Metadata Coordinator
Original and Special Materials Cataloging
Columbia University Libraries
New York, N.Y.
(212) 854 9676