Metadata Team

The metadata team is a forum for discussing metadata-related discovery topics for the catalog requiring shared policy or infrastructure. The team will investigate use cases, issues, and approaches, interface with stakeholders, and ultimately propose recommendations for the development team to respond to. Additionally, this team facilitates knowledge sharing among its members – setting up a communication/support structure where members can grow their knowledge of the data components (which Marc fields are extracted, how data gets mapped to shared data model, what gets indexed, what’s used for display, etc) of the shared catalog infrastructure.

Contact with any questions for the team.


  • Jacob Shelby, (co-lead) North Carolina State University Lead Librarian for Metadata Technologies
  • Kelly Farrell, (co-lead) TRLN Program Officer
  • Dennis Christman, Duke University Metadata Transformation Librarian
  • Cory Lown, Duke University Application Development Project Lead
  • Anna Goslen, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Metadata Librarian
  • Michelle Cronquist, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Special Collections Cataloger
  • Genia Kazymova, TRLN Applications Developer
  • Lynn Whittenberger, North Carolina State University Associate Head, Acquisitions and Discovery (Monographs)

Recent Work

Subject Heading Remapping

In an effort to improve the subject terms used in TRLN’s discovery layer to better represent diverse populations, and to change existing subject terms that may be exclusionary or divisive, the metadata team is collecting suggestions to overlay existing problematic subject headings with alternative vocabulary terms.

TRLN has the ability to overlay these problematic subject headings in our shared discovery layer. Some examples of terms that have already been overlaid include “Illegal aliens” (overlaid with “Undocumented immigrants”) and “Poor” (overlaid with “Poor people”). Access the full list of overlaid terms.

The metadata team will receive, track, investigate, document, and resolve requests. Submissions will be reviewed by this group in collaboration with the Metadata Interest Group and a resolution will be provided. If you have any questions about the process, or about existing subject headings, please feel free to contact the team at