Metadata Librarian

The Ohio State University Libraries

1858 Neil Avenue

Columbus, OH 43210-1286

Position:                  Metadata Librarian

Position Available:     Immediately

Responsibilities:         Under the direction of the Head of the Scholarly Resources Integration Department, incumbent researches, evaluates, and interprets developments in metadata standards, and recommends and designs appropriate metadata schema to facilitate the use of OSU collections.  This responsibility is in part within the context of the OSU institutional digital repository.  Catalogs materials using a variety of metadata schema.  Actively participates in the library research and development efforts and in the local and national discussions relating to the access, retrieval and management of objects in digital library and repository systems and as needed works closely with the Head of Special Collections Cataloging on describing digital objects.  The incumbent may supervise students or staff and/or act in place of the Department Head.  This position has faculty status with accompanying university expectations and requirements for tenure and promotion, include teaching, service, and research and publication.

Qualifications: Required: MLS from an ALA accredited program or equivalent degree.  Demonstrated experience with OAI, at least one XML DTD (EAD or TEI) and with two or more of the following: DC, LOM (or SCORM), MARC, MODS or METS.  Demonstrated communication skills; ability to interact with diverse teams and to effectively articulate abstract ideas.  Must be self directed, flexible and adaptable to change, analytical and results oriented.  Interested in professional development and research including involvement in professional organizations.  Desired:  Experience with instructional technology.  Working knowledge of cataloging tools such as AACR2, LCRI, LCSH and other controlled vocabularies.  Understanding of principles of database structure and design.

Salary and Rank:       $41,000 minimum plus benefits.  The position has faculty status with rank based on experience and qualifications.

Benefits:                     The University offers competitive benefits in the form of 22 days vacation, 15 days sick leave, 10 holidays, hospitalization, major medical, surgical-medical, dental, vision, and long-tern disability insurance at 2.5 times one’s annual salary.  State and alternative retirement choices are also available.

Founded in 1870, The Ohio State University is a comprehensive, state-assisted university offering a complete environment for learning for its 3,000 faculty and 56,000 students. Additional information about The Ohio State University Libraries is available at

Application:          Applications will be accepted until the position(s) are filled.
Preference will be given to applications received by March 16, 2007.  Send letter of interest with a current resume and name, address, phone, and email address of three references to Linda S. Gonzalez, Assistant Director for Libraries’ Administrative Services, 5810 Ackerman Library, 600 Ackerman Road, Columbus, OH  43202; phone(614)292-5863 FAX(614)292-7859;

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.  Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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