Identifier Usage and Maintenance in the UNT Libraries' Digital Collections

Hannah Tarver, Mark Phillips


The University of North Texas (UNT) Libraries work with a
large number of identifiers in relation to our Digital Collections (The Portal
to Texas History, the UNT Digital Library, and the Gateway to Oklahoma History).
Since the Digital Collections comprise items from other library and campus
departments, as well as a large number of cultural heritage institutions across
Texas and Oklahoma, many of the materials have assigned identifiers that are
important to the group that owns the physical materials. We document any
relevant identifiers in each item’s metadata record, whether they belong to an
international or established standard (e.g., ISSNs or call numbers) or have a
specific context (e.g., agency-assigned report numbers). This presentation
discusses some of the complexities inherent in managing both locally-created and
externally-assigned identifiers, why we use different types of identifiers
throughout our infrastructure, and the implementation of various identifiers in
our Digital Collections.

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