Existing Identifier

Transcribe the identifier of the resource. 

  • Every resource should have an identifier assigned to it during digitization.

  • An identifier is usually made up of alpha and numeric characters (Ex. 03gospel-1-2). 

  • Preference is to use the file name of the resource as the identifier.  This is the preferred and recommended practice.

Creating Identifier

If no identifier is assigned to the resource, check with the Digital Units Manager to see if an identifier was assigned during digitization.  Once an identifier has been found that corresponds with the resource, input it into the metadata.

Other Identifier

If there are other types of identifiers associated with the resource, make a note of it.  Some examples of other identifiers are:

  • URI – Uniform Resource Identifier

  • ISBN – International Standard Book Number

  • ISSN – International Standard Serial Number

  • OCLC No. – OCLC’s unique identifier assigned to each of their catalog records

  • Local Call No. – Call number assigned to an item housed in the library

  • Issue No. – A unique number assigned to a sound recording

  • Matrix No. – A unique number assigned to each side of a sound recording

  • DOI – Digital Object Identifier