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"Simply put, she has almost single-handedly made it easier for the world to find things online."
The Signal: Digital Preservation

About Me

Rebecca GuentherRebecca Guenther has over 35 years of experience in national libraries, primarily working on information technology standards related to digital libraries. She started her career at the National Library of Medicine as a cataloger and later moved to the Library of Congress. Most of her professional life has been at the Library of Congress developing national and international standards related to metadata, including MARC, MODS, BIBFRAME, PREMIS, METS, and ISO language codes.

She has served on numerous standards and implementation committees, several as chair, is widely published in professional literature, and has given many tutorials, workshops and presentations.

She left the Library of Congress in July 2011 to move to New York. Since then she has continued some of her work for the Library of Congress on the Bibliographic Framework Initiative, MODS, PREMIS, and LC's Linked Data Service. She consults on metadata issues and training for a number of clients. She continues to serve on information technology standards committees, including PREMIS, MODS, and the PB Core Schema Working Group, among others. She is an adjunct professor in NYU's Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program, where she teaches a graduate level class on Metadata for Moving Image Collections.


August 2011-present.  Consultant.  Services in metadata training, development and planning; digital preservation planning; digital asset management; development of controlled vocabularies.

September 2012-present. Adjunct professor, NYU Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program. Instructor in New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Cinema Studies Dept, Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program (Metadata for Moving Image Collections).

May 2012-Oct. 2014. Senior Networking and Standards Specialist, Library of Congress.Chair of PREMIS Editorial Committee, member of MODS Editorial Committee, participant in the Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative and assorted other duties.

April 1989-August 2011. Senior Networking Specialist, Library of Congress.  Responsible for developing and maintaining metadata standards that facilitate discovery of information resources on the Web and enable management of digital assets. Some roles at LC included:

March 1985-April 1989. Head, National Union Catalog Control Section, Library of Congress..  Trained, supervised, and periodically evaluated a staff of about fifty employees engaged in processing National Union Catalog cataloging reports and updating LC manual catalogs.

May 1980-March 1985. Senior Descriptive Cataloguer, German Language Section, Shared Cataloging Division, Library of Congress. Focused on descriptive cataloging, including name authority work, for German language monographs using AACR2 and Library of Congress Rule Interpretations.