Libraries, archives and museums (LAMs) have been creating metadata of various types (catalog records, archival finding aids, museum inventories, etc.) in one form or the other since their foundation. They have also been struggling as historically unique organizations with the best way to capture and manage metadata so that it can be used to organize their collections and provide increased access to users. In recent years, there has been a push to apply metadata standards to enable greater information sharing between LAMs – especially those with a common research or regional focus – and create online exhibits that reach new audiences. This paper will explore the issue and provide a list of best practices.