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The Digital Library of Tennessee (DLTN) does not check metadata for accuracy or consistency, however, failure to follow best practices may result in poor harvest, aggregation, and display of resources in the DPLA user interface. For guidance in creating good metadata, see our Metadata Application Profile. You may also use our mapping worksheet to help plan new description projects or map your existing metadata to DLTN standards.

It is the responsibility of the contributing institution to provide the following information for all materials submitted for inclusion in the DLTN and Digital Public Library of America (DPLA):

  • title
  • rights
  • identifier*
  • thumbnail**

*Refers a link back to the metadata record in your local context. Most content management systems generate these identifiers automatically.

**Must provide a means of programmatically linking to a thumbnail of the digital object. Most content management systems provide a way to systematically link to thumbnails.

In addition to the required elements listed above, DLTN strongly encourages use of the following fields when available:

  • creator
  • date
  • subject
  • spatial coverage
  • type
  • format

According to the DPLA Policy Statement on Metadata, participating repositories must dedicate metadata about digital objects to the public pursuant to the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication.


The DLTN determines each repository's compliance with DPLA metadata standards and makes recommendations about how partners may improve their metadata to meeting minimum requirements and improve discoverability. To accomplish this, the DLTN uses Python scripts developed by Christina Harlow, former Cataloging & Metadata Librarian at the University of Tennessee.


If you have questions or feedback, view our FAQ or email committee co-chairs Suzanne Bonefas and Mark Baggett. To receive updates and communicate with the DLTN committee and partners, join our Google Group.