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OSU Library Metadata: A Guideline to Best Practices: Creator

This site provides guidelines for OSU's local implementation of CDP Dublin Core Metadata Best Practices Version 2.1.1


Label: Author, Interviewee, Artist, Photographer, Collector, Organization
Maps to Dublin Core Element Name: Creator
Maps to MARC field (in World Cat): 100
Mandatory: Yes, if applicable
Repeatable: Yes
          Refinements: None
          Schemes: Locally Controlled List, LCNAF, WorldCAT, and other reference sources

Dublin Core Definition: Creator

An entity primarily responsible for making the content of the resource.

Comment/Context: Creator

A person or entity primarily responsible for creating the intellectual content of the resource. Examples of creators include authors of written documents, artists, photographers, collectors of natural specimens or artifacts, organizations that generate archival collections, and the interviewee of an oral history. For locally controlled names, an internal list will be preferably utilized. Other
sources such as the Library of Congress Authorities ( or specified bibliographic utilities (e.g., WorldCat) may be also utilized to determine the correct form of the name.

Input Guidelines: Creator

Input Guidelines:

  1. Enter multiple creators in the order in which they appear on the resource or in order of their importance. Prefer to enter multiple creators in one element rather than separate elements. Clearly separate each entry by a semicolon followed by a space (; ) within an element (e.g., Little, Susan E. (Susan Elizabeth), 1967-; St. Onge, Louis; Brown, Jayne, 1962-). Secondary authors, editors, oral history interviewers etc., may be entered using the Contributor element.
  2.  Enter personal names in the inverted form: Last name, First name, Middle name, Initial. If it is not obvious how to invert or structure the name, use the name form given in an authority list or enter it as it would be in the country of origin. Birth and/or death dates, if known, should be added to personal names.
  3.  Optional: The function of a creator may be included in parentheses after the name. For example: “Adams, Ansel (photographer).”
  4.  If the creator is unknown, leave the element blank.

Examples: Creator

Personal Names Comments
Bennett, Henry Garland, 1886-1951 Name includes birth year and death year.
Little, Susan E. (Susan Elizabeth), 1967-;  Louis; Brown, J.J., 1962- List of personal names contained in a single element separated by a semicolon followed by a space
St. Onge, Louis If the birth year is not known, the name may be recorded without one.






Group or Organization Names Comments
Oklahoma A & M College LCNAF authorized form.
International Business Machines Corporation Avoid abbreviations such as IBM or I.B.M. unless specified in the authority record.
Oklahoma Omithological Society  
Oklahoma State University. Department of Agricultural Economics LCNAF authorized form.