How I Explain Metadata to the Non-Metadata World

For the few years that I’ve been working with metadata, I’ve had to answer that question that most librarians who don’t work with reference and books dread, “What do you do?” I do admit that at times, I’ve used the trite phrase, “data about data” knowing full well it went a bit deeper than just that.  In recent times, I have begun to improve my explanation to them by being more whimsical in my answer thereby avoiding that stress or frustration that comes with explaining this work to people who probably would
not understand no matter how much explaining you did in technical terms. 

Posner Intern: Zhouna Ma

Zhouna Ma, a sophomore in Mathematical Sciences, is the current Posner Intern, whose exhibit on Peking Opera is in the Posner Center January 26, - April 30, 2018. We spoke with Zhouna about her experience with the internship.

How did you hear about the internship?

I found out about the internship from IDEATE weekly emails. 

Why were you interested in curating an exhibit on the topic of Peking Opera?

I decided to design an exhibit on Peking Opera because:

Special Collections Highlight: Jacob Lawrence

“A Class in Shoemaking” painting by Jacob Lawrence

Given to Carnegie Mellon University in 1987 by two local Pittsburgh collectors, Jacob Lawrence’s 1947 tempera painting, “A Class in Shoemaking” clearly shows his pictorial style that he called “dynamic cubism,” with jagged compositions in bold, flat colors that are abstract yet figurative, and full of social comment. Often in his career, he painted tradespeople, craftspeople and laborers hard at work in many fields.

Exhibit: Miniatures and Micro-minis

Exhibit: Miniatures and Micro-minis

On display through May 31, this exhibit offers a rare opportunity to view these tiny creations up close, including titles such as “Red Riding Hood,” “The Raven,” and “Life and Work of Beatrix Potter.”