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MODS: The Library of Congress' Network Development and MARC Standards Office, with interested experts, has developed a schema for a bibliographic element set that may be used for a variety of purposes, and particularly for library applications.

Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS):

  • Type of collection: Materials with existing item-level MARC cataloging
  • Appropriate metadata standard: MODS 3.0
  • Example collection: University of Chicago Chopin Early Editions Project <>
  • Resources to consult: MODS official Web site <>; MODS User Guidelines <>
  • Usage notes: Items for which MARC cataloging already exists can be transformed into MODS records for use in digital library applications.

    Additional Resources:


    MODS record:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <modsCollection xmlns=""
      <mods version="3.0">
        <name type="personal">
          <namePart>Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns)</namePart>
          <namePart type="date">1888-1965</namePart>
            <roleTerm authority="marcrelator" type="text">creator</roleTerm>
            <placeTerm type="code" authority="marccountry">enk</placeTerm>
            <placeTerm type="text">London</placeTerm>
          <publisher>Faber &amp; Faber</publisher>
          <languageTerm authority="iso639-2b" type="code">eng</languageTerm>
          <form authority="marcform">print</form>
          <extent>69 p. ; 20 cm.</extent>
        <note type="statement of responsibility">by T.S. Eliot.</note>
        <note>"First published in MCMXXIX by Faber &amp; Faber ... " -- t.p. verso.</note>
        <subject authority="lcsh">
          <name type="personal">
            <nameart>Dante Alighieri</namePart>
            <namePart type="date">1265-1321</namePart>
          <topic>Criticism and interpretation</topic>
        <relatedItem type="series">
            <title>Poets on the poets ; no. 2</title>
        <identifier type="lccn">29028820</identifier>
          <recordContentSource authority="marcorg">DLC</recordContentSource>
          <recordCreationDate encoding="marc">970909</recordCreationDate>
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