"Metadata is a love note to the future" mused Jason Scott, archivist for the Internet Archive. Librarians and archivists cultivate metadata standards and practices to shape the future of resource description...so what does the metadata in our past say to us now? And what do our standards and decisions say to our descendants? IU’s Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative (MDPI) and new Avalon-based Media Collections Online (MCO) have brought to light both issues and opportunities related to metadata creation and upkeep, impacting how we view our legacy data and how we create new data. The decisions and projects intended to improve and enrich this vast repository will be discussed, as well as suggestions for other institutions interested in taking on similar projects.