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    Dental Collections in LAMS: A Synthesis of the Current Landscape
    (2021-12) Sanford, Drew
    Dental collections—defined here as any grouping of objects that includes dental objects in the care of a library, archive, or museum—have received minimal attention in the discussions of standardizing metadata standards. As a consequence, or side effect, of the lack of cohesiveness specifically in museums, dental schools often drop dental history courses from their curricula before other courses. Libraries, archives, and museums therefore have a duty as keepers of historical knowledge to maintain a uniform set of metadata standards. In this paper, the author establishes the current literature on metadata standards in general with a focus on dental object standards; the author specifically engages with literature on metadata structure, content, and value standards. In addition, the author analyzes results of surveying numerous LAMs in their treatment of dental collection metadata. In this paper, the author uses these methods to explain the current dental metadata climate and find the largest gaps in dental metadata research.