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Get to Know Maggie Dickson! [August 2022]

Title: Metadata Architect

Library/Department: Digital Collections and Curation Services

Location: Bostock Library, West Campus

Years at Duke: 7 in September

In a nutshell, what do you do at the Duke University Libraries?

I’m responsible for metadata governance and support for DUL’s repository platforms, including the Duke Digital Repository, DukeSpace, and the Research Data Repository. This involves determining how metadata should be structured and ensuring it conforms to best practices and standards.

If you had to pick one thing, what’s the best part of your job so far?

I have to pick two things! One, my colleagues – I’m so grateful to be able to work with people who are smart, generous, dedicated, and fun. Two, the content – our repositories are stuffed with interesting materials.

What the best thing you’ve read/watched/listened to recently?

I recently read Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, and really enjoyed it. My kids (8 & 11 years old) and I like to read together, and we just finished The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson – it was great. Also, the Throughline podcast is a regular favorite of mine.

What do you like to do outside work?

I like to hang out with my dog. I’d like to hang out with your dog, if you’ve got one. Really, any dogs. I also like non-dog activities, such as running with friends and spending too much money at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market.

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