Greta de Groat

Metadata Librarian for Electronic Resources

Greta de Groat
(650) 725-0267

I catalog digital materials (CD-ROMs, online monographs, websites, databases, video games, etc.) as well as videos, spoken word sound recordings, and general oddball stuff. If you can show it to me, i can catalog it! I also serve as a metadata consultant for digital projects. I have expertise in MARC, MODS, RDA, AACR2, Library of Congress Subject Headings, Library of Congress Classification, and an interest in the application of linked data to library metadata practices and infrastructure.


  • University of California, Berkeley, MLIS, Library and Information Science,
  • California State University, Hayward, BA Art History

Professional activities 

ALA CC:DA Liaison for OLAC Cataloging Policy Committee Committee (6/04-1/09) and for the ALCTS Networked Resources and Metadata Interest Group (6/04-6/08) chiefly participating in review of RDA

Head Librarian for the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum (volunteer position, 2007-2014)

Selected Publications 

Core Metadata Schema for Cataloging Video Games Version 1.  GAMECIP Project, December 2015

Best Practices for Cataloging Video Games Using RDA and MARC21.  Prepared by the OLAC Video Games Best Practices Task Force, Greta de Groat, chair, June, 2015

A History of Video Game Cataloging in U.S. Libraries, in Cataloging and Classification Quarterly, published online December 22, 2014

Eric Kaltman, Noah Wardrip-fruin, Mitch Mastroni, Henry Lowood, Greta de Groat, Glynn Edwards, Marcia Barrett & Christy Caldwell.Implementing Controlled Vocabularies for Computer Game Platforms and Media Formats in SKOS, in Journal of Library Metadata.v. 16 issue 1 2016., DOI 10.1080/19386389.2016.1167494

The Talmadge Sisters. In Jane Gaines, Radha Vatsal, and Monica Dall’Asta, eds. Women Film Pioneers Project. Center for Digital Research and Scholarship. New York, NY: Columbia University Libraries, 2013. Web.   December 23, 2011.  

Future Directions in Metadata Remediation for Metadata Aggregators. Digital Library Foundation, 2009.

Perspectives on the Web and Google (Interview with Monika Henzinger of Google), in Journal of
Internet Cataloging,  v. 5, no. 1, 2002.

Rediscovering Norma Talmadge, in Griffithiana. n.71, 2001

More about me 

My research interest is in silent film, particularly dramatic actresses, stardom, and women-oriented melodrama. My website is Unsung Divas of the Silent Screen.

Romano, Lisa.  In the spotlight with … Greta de Groat. OLAC Newsletter, v. 36 no. 2, June 2016, pages 18-19.