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Knowledge Access

Cataloging and Metadata Services at New York University.

About Knowledge Access

Part of Knowledge Access and Resources Management Services (KARMS), the Knowledge Access department works collaboratively with other KARMS departments (Archival Collections Management, Data Analysis & Integration, Resources Management) and other departments. For instance, KA works with Collections & Content Strategy for collection policies, Research & Research Services for prioritization and user feedback, and Digital Library Technology Services for digitized collections.

In compliance with international metadata standards, we create and maintain both bibliographic and authority metadata for NYU and consortial institutions to support discovery in BobCat and WorldCat. We are committed to maintaining data quality and appreciate your feedback through the Catalog Maintenance form or our group email address.  

KARMS Catalog Maintenance Form

KARMS Catalog Maintenance Request Form is intended for reporting of cataloging issues for NYU Libraries and consortium materials (all print and other physical materials) that are currently in processing or have already left KARMS. This includes errors in transcription, items cataloged on incorrect records, holdings issues, and anything else for which further physical processing of the item is not required to resolve the issue.

Submissions are greatly appreciated! Your feedback helps us enhance the discovery of NYU resources with correct cataloging information in BobCat. Please use Knowledge Access's Contact Us form if you have any questions or suggestions about the Catalog Maintenance Request Form.

Mission statement

In alignment with the NYU Libraries' Mission and Values and international metadata standards, Knowledge Access provides standardized and inclusive metadata to ensure the effective discovery of diverse library resources in numerous languages and disciplines. 

  • Create and maintain bibliographic and authority data in various metadata schema, following applicable international standards, to enhance discovery of and access to the University’s general, distinctive and special collections. 
  • Communicate and collaborate with diverse stakeholders to streamline local workflows and contribute to national cataloging/metadata policies and practices.
  • Explore new initiatives by conducting pilot testing to update our metadata policies and tools, in light of user-centered services.   
  • Provide timely and consistent training for new and updated metadata standards.