This paper is a study of the transformation of the North Carolina Information Locator Service (NCGILS) in the decade following its creation in 1995. The changes that NCGILS has undergone mirror then changes in the world of metadata and government information. North Carolina started NCGILS as a librarian-influenced attempt to engage all information creators in producing quality metadata. As a result of several obstacles and issues encountered during the past decade, North Carolina has essentially put NCGILS into hibernation. Today North Carolina relies on automatic harvesting of metadata and centralized efforts by state library staff instead of relying on NCGILS code. This change to an information science driven model underscores the general inability to apply librarian-influenced models in the practical world of government information. The changes, challenges and issues encountered by NCGILS provide a valuable guide for all government agencies and academic students of metadata.