Curriculum Vitae

Steven Jack Miller
Senior Lecturer Emeritus

School of Information Studies
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


  • MLIS: University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, 1990
  • MA: Marquette University, Theology, 1986
  • BA: University of Iowa, English, (Classics minor) 1976
  • All but dissertation for PhD: Marquette University, Religious Studies, 1983-1987
  • Coursework towards Certificate in Information Design,, accredited through Ohio University, 2005-2009.


  • Information and knowledge organization; metadata, taxonomies, thesauri, ontologies.
  • Metadata for library, archive, and museum (LAM) digital collections; Dublin Core, MODS, application profiles, metadata in XML.
  • Semantic Web, Linked Data, the RDF data model, SPARQL query language, RDFS and OWL ontology languages, the SKOS ontology, and Protégé Ontology Editor –all at a basic, introductory level.
  • Information architecture, taxonomies, metadata, usability testing, and user experience design for Web sites, intranets, and mobile devices.
  • Cataloging and classification, the FRBR family of abstract models, RDA, BIBFRAME, AACR2, MARC, LCSH, LCC, DDC.


Senior Lecturer Emeritus, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee School of Information Studies, 2016-present.

  • Wrote second edition of Metadata for Digital Collections, to be published by ALA Neal-Schuman in Spring 2022.
  • Taught 8-week online Linked Data for Beginners course periodically, 2017-2020. Intended primarily as continuing education for working professionals.

Senior Lecturer, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee School of Information Studies, 2005-2016.

  Teach courses in the MLIS and BSIST Programs:

  • Metadata (714)
  • Information Architecture (717 graduate; 491 undergraduate)
  • RDF and Ontologies for the Semantic Web (719)
  • Organization of Information (511)
  • Cataloging and Classification (711)
  • Advanced Cataloging (791)

  Teach continuing education courses in the area of information and knowledge organization:

  • Linked Data for Beginners
  • Metadata for Digital Collections
  • RDA: Resource Description and Access: An Introduction to RDA, FRBR, and Linked Data
  • Controlled Vocabulary and Thesaurus Design

Adjunct Instructor, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee School of Information Studies: 1998–2005.

  • Metadata: developed new course; taught originally in-classroom, subsequently online, 1998-2005.
  • Cataloging and Classification: co-taught with three colleagues, Spring, 2003.
  • Introduction to Bibliographic Control of Library Materials: taught Summer, 1998.

Faculty Member

  • Preparing 21st Century Cataloging and Metadata Professionals: A Workshop for Educators and Trainers, sponsored by ALCTS, ALISE, LC, and OCLC: speaking on Teaching Strategies for Cataloging Courses, ALA Midwinter Preconference, January 9, 2003, San Diego.
  • ALCTS AACR2 2002 and Metadata Regional Institutes: speaking on topics of Cataloging Electronic and Integrating Resources, Nov. 1-2, 2002, Chicago; Nov. 4-5, Washington, D.C.; Feb. 24-25, Orlando; April 4-5, San Jose.

Continuing Education Instruction

  • See below under Professional Development, Presentations and Workshops.


Senior Academic Librarian, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Libraries, 50% position, 2005-2006.

  • Cataloger/Metadata Librarian; Leader of the Metadata Team in the Monographs Department.
  • Metadata consultant to Digitization Unit; assist with metadata design for new collections.
  • Cataloging technology expert for local ILS cataloging module, national and local cataloging interfaces and software, new applications of computer technologies to cataloging and technical services work.
  • Committees: Library Web Site Redesign; Digitization Oversight.

Head, Monographs Department, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Libraries: 1999–2005.

  • Develop goals and priorities for acquiring and cataloging monographic library materials in all formats; participate in the planning process of the Collections and Technical Services Division.
  • Supervise, manage, and evaluate Monographs Department personnel (6 academic and 6 classified staff), student assistants, and School of Information Studies interns and field workers.
  • Plan, organize, and coordinate monographic acquisitions, cataloging, authority control, and database maintenance activities; evaluate and revise workflows, policies, and procedures; maintain statistics; train staff; resolve problems; keep abreast of system changes and national standards.
  • Maintain liaison with other Library departments; communicate and coordinate departmental policies and practices; interpret policies to Library personnel within and outside the department.
  • Contribute to the coordination and planning of the Libraries’ integrated automated library system.
  • Committees: Chair, Voyager Cataloging Module Migration Team (1999); Chair, several Search and Screen Committees (2000-2004); others.

Cataloger (Music Emphasis), University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Libraries: 1994–1998.

  • Original and copy cataloging of music and nonbook materials, including sound recordings, music scores, electronic resources (both direct and remote access), and microforms; assignment of LC call numbers and subject headings; construction of music uniform titles.
  • Catalog records maintenance coordinator: catalog problem and error report resolution.
  • Retrospective conversion of monographs and microforms: principal trainer and resource person.
  • Staff training in cataloging nonbook resources; training of interns and field work students.

Original Cataloger, University of Wisconsin–Parkside, Library/Learning Center: 1991–1994.

  • Original cataloging of materials in all formats; assignment of LC call numbers and subject headings; resolution of catalog problems.
  • Authority control; daily headings review and global changes; database maintenance.
  • NOTIS ILS system implementation resource person for cataloging and authorities.
  • Supervision of full-time copy cataloger, including interviewing, hiring, training, and evaluating.
  • Reference work (ca. 60 hours per semester).
  • Collection development liaison to Philosophy and Mathematics departments.


Current Membership:

  • American Library Association (ALA).

Past Memberships:

  • ALA Core Metadata and Collections Section (formerly ALCTS: Association for Library Collections and Technical Services.
  • American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T).
  • Information Architecture Institute (IAI).
  • Online Audio-Visual Catalogers (OLAC): The Internet and AV Media Catalogers Network.
  • Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) and Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians (WAAL).
  • ALA GLBTRT Round Table.

Publications (Book, Book Chapters, Articles, Papers):

  • Metadata for Digital Collections: A How-To-Do-It Manual. Second Edition. Chicago: ALA Neal-Schuman, 2022.
  • Perkins, J., Miller, S. J., (2015). Guest editors, Journal of Library Metadata 15 : 3-4, special double issue on the “Controlled Vocabularies and the Semantic Web.”
  • Miller, S. J. (2015). “Ontologies for Semantic Applications.”  Chapter 5 in: Ontology for Knowledge Organization. Edited by R. Smiraglia and H.L Lee. Ergon Verlag.
  • Miller, S. J., Li, H.-L., Olson, H. A., Smiraglia, R. P. (2012). “Online Cataloging Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.” Cataloging and Classification Quarterly 50 : 2-3 (2012) 110-126. Special Issue on Online Delivery of Cataloging and Classification Education and Instruction.
  • Miller, S. J. (2011).  Metadata for Digital Collections: A How-To-Do-It Manual.  New York: Neal-Schuman.
  • Miller, S. J. (2010). “The One-To-One Principle: Challenges in Current Practice.”  In Proceedings of the International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications, edited by Diane I. Hillman and Michael Lauruhn, 150-164. Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, Pittsburgh, October 20-22, 2010.
  • Miller, S. J. (2009). “Metadata [Book review]”, Cataloging and Classification Quarterly 47(5): 498-500.
  • Miller, S. J., Fox, M. J., Lee, H.-L., & Olson, H. A. (2006). Great expectations: Professionals’ perceptions and knowledge organization curricula. In G. Budin, C. Swertz & K. Mitgutsch (Eds.), Knowledge organization for a global learning society: Proceedings of the Ninth International ISKO Conference, 4-7 July 2006, Vienna, Austria (pp. 349-358). Würzburg, Germany: Ergon Verlag.
  • Miller, S. J. (2006) “Metadata: A Cataloger’s Primer [Book review]”, Knowledge Organization 33(1): 58-60.
  • Miller, S. J. (2005). “AACR2 and Integrating Resources.” Chapter in: Knowledge without Boundaries: Organizing Information for the Future. American Library Association, 2005.
  • Miller, S. J., and Robertson, Wendy C. (2005). “Integrating Resources Cataloging Workshop.” The Serials Librarian 48 : 1/2 (2005) 7-15.
  • Transcription paper of “AACR2 and Other Metadata Standards: The Way Forward” by Ann Huthwaite, Chair, Joint Steering Committee for Revision of AACR.  Published in Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, Vol. 36, No. 3/4 (2003), p. 87-100.
  • Ma, Yan, Miller, Steven J., Liu, Yan Quan. (1997). “Cataloging Nonprint Resources in the United States and China: A Comparative Study of Organization and Access for Selected Electronic and Audiovisual Resources”, International Cataloguing and Bibliographic Control, Vol. 26, No. 2 (April/June) 46-49.

Committees, Leadership:

  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Library Metadata, 2008-present.
  • Member, Program Committee: International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications:
    — 2018: Porto, Portugal, September 10-13
    — 2016: Copenhagen, Denmark, October 13-16
    — 2015: São Paulo, Brazil, September 1-5
    — 2014: Austin, Texas, October 8-11
    — 2013: Lisbon, Portugal, September 2-6
    — 2012: Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, September 3-7
    — 2011: The Hague, Netherlands, September 21-23
  • Member, Program Committee: The 2nd Milwaukee Conference on the Ethics of Information Organization, June 15-16, 2012, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • Member, DCMI User Documentation Task Group, 2010-2011.
  • CC:DA Liaison: ALCTS Metadata Interest Group Liaison to the ALCTS Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access, 2008-2010.
  • Chair, UWM Category B Academic Staff Review Committee, 2009-2010; member: 2007-2010.
  • Co-Chair, Wisconsin Heritage Online Metadata Working Group, 2005-2007.  Principal editor for state-wide Metadata Guidelines document.
  • President, OLAC (Online Audiovisual Catalogers): The Internet and AV Media Catalogers Network, 2006-2007; Vice President (2005-2006); Past President (2007-2008); member, 1994-2015.
  • Chair, ALCTS Networked Resources and Metadata Interest Group, 2005-2006; member, 2001-
  • ALCTS CCS Liaison to the ALISE/ALCTS Metadata Education Resources Clearinghouse Advisory Board, 2005-2009.
  • Member, ALCTS CCS Joint PCC/CCS Task Force to Develop Series Training, 2005-2007.
  • Member, Online Audiovisual Catalogers Cataloging Policy Committee (CAPC), 2001-2005.
    — Chair, Subcommittee on Source of Title Notes for Internet Resources, 2003-2005.
    — Chair, Integrating Resources Task Force, 2002-2003.
    — Member, AACR2 Chapter 9 Task Force, 2001.
  • Chair, Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) Standing Committee on Training Task Group on Training for Integrating Resources, 2002.
  • Chair, WiLS OCLC Peer Council, 2001 (Vice Chair/Chair Elect 2000-2002).
  • Chair, 1997 WAAL Directory Committee and member of 1997 WAAL Board.

Presentations and Workshops Given:

  • DC-2013 half-day Tutorial on “Introduction to Ontology Concepts and Terminology,” DCMI International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications, Lisbon, Portugal, September 2, 2013.
  • ALCTS full-day Preconference on “Introduction to RDF and Ontologies for the Semantic Web,” ALA Annual Conference, Chicago, June 27, 2013.
  • “Metadata:” two-day workshop given by invitation to the staff of the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia, June 28-29, 2012.
  • “RDA: Where Are We Now with the New Rules?” Panel presentation with four others from Milwaukee and Madison, WLA Annual Conference, Milwaukee, November 3, 2011.
  • “Metadata:” three-day workshop given by invitation to the staff of the Newberry Library, Chicago, March 16-18, 2011.
  • “Testing RDA:” co-presentation given at WLA Conference, November 3, 2010, Wisconsin Dells.
  • “The One-To-One Principle: Challenges in Current Practice.” Paper presented at the DC-2010 International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications, Pittsburgh, October 22, 2010.
  • “Metadata Standards and Applications:” ALA Annual two-day Preconference: co-taught in Chicago, June, 2009.
  • “Metadata Standards and Applications:” co-taught two-day workshop, Madison, Wisconsin, November 29-30, 2006.
  • “Cataloging Changes on the Horizon: FRBR and RDA:” presentation given at WLA Conference, November 1, 2006, Wisconsin Dells.
  • “Digitization and Metadata:” half-day workshop co-taught at WLA conference, October 31, 2006, Wisconsin Dells.
  • SCCTP Integrating Resources Cataloging Workshop: taught online offering via UWM PDI, October 2-27, 2006.
  • SCCTP Integrating Resources Cataloging Workshop: developed and taught first-ever online offering via UWM PDI, May, 2006.
  • ALCTS/LC “Rules and Tools for Internet Resources:” co-taught two-day workshop in partnership with UW-Madison SLIS Continuing Education, April, 2006.
  • ALCTS “Rules and Tools for Cataloging Internet Resources”: co-taught one-day train-the-trainer session, ALA Annual, June 24, 2005, Chicago.
  • ALCTS “Rules and Tools for Cataloging Internet Resources”: co-taught two-day workshop, September 13-14, 2004, Chicago.
  • SCCTP Integrating Resources Workshop: taught as one-day North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) preconference, June 17, 2004, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • WAAL Annual Conference: co-presentation on “Descriptive Metadata for Digital Images,” April 22, 2004, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
  • ALCTS Electronic Resources Discussion Group: co-presentation on integrating resources, ALA Midwinter, January 10, 2003, San Diego.
  • WLA Annual Conference co-presentation: “Top Trends in Technical Services,” October 29, 2003, Milwaukee.
  • Iowa Library Association Annual Conference presentation on “What’s New in AACR2 for Electronic Resources,” October 16, 2003, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
  • SCCTP Integrating Resources Workshop: taught as one-day ALCTS preconference, ALA Annual, June 20, 2003, Toronto, Canada.
  • “Introduction to Metadata for Library Catalogers”: one-day workshop given for the Missouri Library Network Corporation in St. Louis on March 17 and Independence on March 19, 2003.
  • SCCTP Integrating Resources Train the Trainer Workshop at ALA Midwinter, January 24, 2003, Philadelphia.
  • OLAC 2002 Biennial Conference: taught two workshops on Cataloging Electronic Resources, September 27-29, St. Paul, Minn.
  • ALCTS CCS Electronic Resources Discussion Group co-presentation: “AACR2 Revisions and Electronic Resources: Chapters 9 and 12,” ALA Annul, June 15, 2002, Atlanta.
  • PCC BIBCO At-Large Meeting presentation on Cataloging Integrating Resources, ALA Annul, June 16, 2002, Atlanta.
  • Library of Congress: training workshop on Integrating Resources for the Program for Cooperative Cataloging, May 2, 2002, Washington, D.C.
  • ALCTS CCS Copy Cataloging Discussion Group co-presentation: “Revised Chapter 9 – What Copy Catalogers Need to Know,” ALA Midwinter, January 21, 2002, New Orleans.
  • OCLC Institute co-presentation: “Distance Learning Up Close: Considerations for Decision Makers,” ALA Midwinter, January 19, 2002, New Orleans.
  • LITA 2001 National Forum presentation: “Technologies for E-Learning,” October 13, 2001, Milwaukee.
  • Great Lakes Voyager User’s Group (GLUGM) presentation: “Using Bulk Import for Fast Cataloging,” October 4-5, 2001, Milwaukee.
  • WILS OCLC Peer Council Panel on “Walking the Cataloging Tightrope: Balancing Cataloging Quality and Quantity,” September 7, 2001, Madison, Wis.
  • WiLSWorld 2001 co-presentation: “Cataloging Web Resources with CORC,” July 26, 2001, Madison.
  • Nelinet Conference on Metadata and CORC: opening presentation on “The Current State of Cataloging and Metadata,” November 6, 2000, Worcester, Mass.
  • ALA 2000 Annual Conference co-presentation: “How to Catalog Internet Resources: a Web-based MARC 21 and AACR2 Online Course,” July 10, 2000, Chicago.
  • WILS OCLC Peer Council Panel on CORC, June 9, 2000, Madison.
  • ALA Midwinter 2000: ALCTS CC:DA Task Force on Metadata co-presentation: “Prototypes for Searching Multiple Databases,” January 16, 2000, San Antonio.
  • WLA Annual Conference session: “Organizing Internet Resources: Metadata and the Web,” October 26, 1998, Lake Geneva.
  • WILS Metadata Workshop: September 24, 1998: presented opening and closing sessions of day-long workshop.
  • Golda Meir Library Staff In-Service Presentation on Metadata: April 3, 1998.
  • UWM Geographic Information Systems course (Geography 525): guest presenter on Digital Geospatial Metadata: February 18, 1998.
  • COMM Presentation: “Cataloging the Web”: January 8 and March 10, 1998.
  • WILS Cataloging Internet Resources Workshop: team-taught, 3 hours via compressed video to five Wisconsin sites: November, 1997, plus follow-up e-mail discussion list for workshop participants.
  • UWM SLIS Advanced Cataloging class: guest presenter on cataloging electronic resources: July 23, 1997 and March 26, 1998.
  • WAAL Annual Conference poster session on tracking changing URLS in online catalog records: April 17, 1997.
  • WILS Electronic Resources Tagging Workshop: 4 hours via compressed video to six Wisconsin sites: February 26, 1997, plus follow-up e-mail discussion list for workshop participants.
  • WILS OCLC Expo session on the OCLC InterCat Catalog, September 30, 1996, Madison.
  • WAAL Annual Conference session on Cataloging Electronic Resources: April 19, 1996, Lake Geneva.
  • WILS OCLC Peer Council panel responding to Erik Jul’s presentation on Cataloging Internet Resources and small-group discussion leader on the topic: May 25, 1995, Madison.
  • UWM SLIS Advanced Cataloging class: guest presenter on music cataloging: February 25, 1995.
  • WILS Sound Recordings Tagging Workshop: 3 hours via compressed video to four Wisconsin sites: August 31, 1994.
  • WAAL Annual Conference Panel on Career Paths in Technical Services: April, 1992.

Course Development:

  • Course Developer, OCLC Online Computer Library Center: 2000–2006.
    — Original author, primary content developer and designer, and current content reviser for the OCLC Web-based e-learning course Cataloging Internet Resources Using MARC 21 and AACR2.
  • Workshop Developer, Library of Congress and ALCTS (American Library Association, Association for Collections and Technical Services): 2002-2003; 2004.
    — Creator of “Rules and Tools for Cataloging Internet Resources,” a set of materials for a two-day workshop, commissioned by the ALCTS Continuing Education Implementation Group, to be published by the Library of Congress Cataloging Distribution Service, 2004.
    — Creator of “Integrating Resources Cataloging Workshop” for the Library of Congress Serials Cataloging Cooperative Training Program (SCCTP): Instructor and Trainee Manuals for a two-day workshop, given across the United States, Canada, and other countries by various trainers. Published by the Library of Congress Cataloging Distribution Service, 2003.

Conferences, Seminars, and Workshops Attended:

  • ALA Annual Conferences: 1999-2015.
  • The 3rd Milwaukee Conference on Ethics in Knowledge Organization, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 28-29, 2015.
  • MTSR 2014: 8th Metadata and Semantics Research Conference, Karlsruhe, Germany, November 27-29, 2014.
  • DC-2013: International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications, Lisbon, Portugal, September 2-5, 2013.
  • Semantic Web in Libraries (SWIB12) Conference in Cologne, Germany, November 26-28, 2012, including a half-day workshop on Introduction to Linked Open Data.
  • The 2nd Milwaukee Conference on the Ethics of Information Organization, June 15-16, 2012, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • DC-2011: International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications, The Hague, Netherlands, September 21-23, 2011.
  • ALA Preconference on RDA, June 2011, New Orleans, La.
  • ALA Midwinter Conferences: 2000-2010.
  • DC-2010: International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications, Pittsburgh, October 20-22, 2010.
  • ALA Preconference on Linked Data, June 2010, Washington DC.
  • ALA Preconference on XSLT, June 2010, Washington DC.
  • DC-2008: International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications, Berlin, Germany September 22-26, 2008.  Including preconference Dublin Core Tutorials and post-conference seminar on Ontology Design and Interoperability.
  • Information Architecture Summit, April 10-14, 2008, Miami, Florida.  Including preconference workshops on Information Architecture: Theory and Practice and Business Taxonomy Design.
  • Taxonomy Boot Camp, November 2-3, 2006, San Jose, California.
  • WLA and WAAL Annual Conferences: 1992 to present.
  • ALCTS “AACR2 and Metadata Institute,” August 16-17, 2001, Boston, Mass.
  • ALCTS Preconference: “Metadata: Libraries and the Web–Retooling AACR and MARC21 for Cataloging in the Twenty-first Century,” July 6-7, 2000, Chicago.
  • OCLC Institute, Metadata Seminar: November, 1998, Dublin, Ohio.
  • Metadata Institute: May 4-5, 1998, Washington, D.C.
  • OCLC Institute, Knowledge Access Management Seminar: January 26-28, 1998, Dublin, Ohio.
  • Music Library Association Annual Conference: February, 1996, Seattle, Washington.
  • OLAC/MOUG Decennial Conference, October, 1994, Oakbrook, Illinois.


  • Ongoing self study and reading in Homeric and Classical Greek, including Homer, Sophocles, Euripides, Plato, Xenophon; 2017-present.
  • Audited “Homer’s Odyssey” (CLSG 305), Classics Department Greek reading course, Georgetown University, Spring 2021.
  • Completed “Homer’s Iliad,” 10-week online Greek reading course, Paideia Institute (Telepaideia), Fall 2020.
  • Audited “Readings in Greek Literature: Herodotus” (GREEK 306) course at UW-Milwaukee, Spring 2018.
  • Study of Homeric Greek, 2017: “Greek 101” video course from The Teaching Company; and Homeric Greek: A Book for Beginners, by Clyde Pharr, John Wright, and Paula Denbar, 4th ed., University of Oklahoma Press, 2012.
  • Self study reviving German for reading, Fall 2016.
  • Readings in Latin Literature (3 credits), Conception Seminary College, 1981.
  • Passed Ph.D. reading exams in German and French, Marquette University, 1985-1986.
  • Undergraduate Classics minor: Classical Greek (20 credits; Attic, Koine, Homeric) and Classical Latin (16 credits), Drake University and University of Iowa, 1973-1976.  Also Biblical Hebrew (6 credits), U. of Iowa, 1975-76.


  • SOIS MLIS student-determined awards for online teaching, Spring and Fall 2012.
  • Excellence in Online Teaching Award, 2010 and 2006, Web-based Information Science Education Consortium (WISE).
  • Library of Congress Program for Cooperative Cataloging award “in recognition of contributions and leadership as Chair of the PCC Standing Committee on Training Task Group on Integrating Resources Training,” awarded June 27, 2004, Orlando, Florida.
  • Moebius Professional Employee of the Year Award, UWM Libraries, 1998.
  • Teaching Assistantships and Full-Tuition Scholarships: Marquette University, 1983-1987.
  • Frank O. Lowden Award for Translation of Classical Greek: University of Iowa, 1976.
  • Frank O. Lowden Award for Translation of Classical Latin: University of Iowa, 1976.