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Core Elements

These are core elements for all library metadata records, regardless of schema. At least one record for a project will contain these core elements as a minimum. Wherever feasible, all records for a project will contain these elements.


Transcribed title is mandatory if available, if not, supplied title is mandatory


Date of creation of original material; archivally this may be date range or bulk dates


An entry for the person(s) bearing primary responsibility for the resource is mandatory if applicable


Recording original item characteristics are mandatory if applicable


Extent information is mandatory "if sensible"

Unique code or Identifier

The unique code or identifier is mandatory and may include call numbers, accession numbers, reference codes or a combination unique to our collection


Mandatory. Can refer to URL or to location of non-digital originals

Conditions Governing Access

Conditions governing access to original material are mandatory

Language/Scripts of Resource

Mandatory if applicable


Abstracts are mandatory when applicable (they are applicable to all collection-level records)