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Things to Remember


  • default working screen

To edit an item

  • Click on Item on the left, then find the item to edit in the list or use the Search box above the list to find your items
  • Fill out the pertinent metadata fields (see the Metadata tab for the core element set)
    Note: not all of these fields needs to be populated
  • Once metadata is completed, click Save Item on the right - do not click beside Public or Featured on the top right
    • There will be a collection set up already for you, so choose that one for the Collection of which these items will be a part


  • Click on Exhibits to find this class' exhibit, then click on WHATEVERTHECLASSIS ####
  • To add a page to an exhibit, go below the exhibit's metadata and you'll see Add Page, then click on it
  • You'll see several layout options for the pages of the exhibit - many different ways to discuss the items entered into the exhibit

What are the core elements in Dublin Core?

There are many potential elements that can be used in Dublin Core.  Here are the 15 basic elements that we as an institution suggest you use whenever possible (at least use the highlighted elements):

  • Title
    • name of the resource
  • Creator
    • entity primarily responsible for the creation of the resource
  • Subject
    • topic of the resource
    • doesn't have to be a Library of Congress Subject Heading - can be some type of keyword(s) - BE CONSISTENT IN LABELLING
    • one box per Subject
  • Description
    • account of the resource - BE BRIEF - SHOULD BE LIKE A BLURB
  • Publisher
    • who/what made the resource available
  • Contributor
    • who/what made contributions to the resource
    • someone who contributed a file an Omeka project or who donated a collection
  • Date
    • date when the original resource was created
    • type date in this format - 2020-04-14
  • Type
    • the nature or genre of the resource
    • use these itemtypes from Omeka: Document, Moving Image, Oral History, Sound, Still Image, Website, Event, Email, Lesson Plan, Hyperlink, Person, or Interactive Resource
  • Format
    • physical medium, file format, or dimensions of a resource
  • Identifier
    • a unique way to identify the resource
    • e.g. vol./issue no., accession number
  • Source
    • resource from which the resource came
    • this should be the title of the original source
  • Language
    • language of the resource
  • Relation
    • a related resource
    • e.g. separate issues from a particular series
  • Coverage
    • usually the spatial or temporal topic
    • e.g. postcard - does it depict a location or a time period?
  • Rights
    • statement about various property rights over the resource
    • e.g. Creative Commons, Public Domain

Contact Information

For questions about Omeka, contact:

Stefanie Hunker at, 419-372-7893

Using Omeka

We've got a handout on how to create or edit Omeka's collections and exhibits.  Try it!

More Omeka Info

For more detailed information about using Omeka, see the link below for their documentation.

Useful Information

  • Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries
    • "This is a code of best practices in fair use devised specifically by and for the academic and research library community. It enhances the ability of librarians to rely on fair use by documenting the considered views of the library community about best practices in fair use, drawn from the actual practices and experience of the library community itself. "
  • Copyright Tools
    • Determine what is Fair Use, what materials are in the public domain, and what does Section 508 cover with these fun and useful tools