Metadata Librarian, Bucknell University, PA

Job Posting: Metadata Librarian

Bucknell University’s Information Services & Resources (ISR), a merged library and information technology organization, is looking for an individual to work with us as we organize and provide access to Bucknell’s growing digital collections. This individual will be responsible for metadata and associated authority control, quality control, knowledge of changing metadata standards, and other duties associated with the creation and maintenance of data related to both digital and print materials. While the primary focus of the work will be working with metadata for digital objects, this individual will also serve as the resident authority on traditional cataloging standards and emerging trends related to the intellectual access and organization of information.

The Metadata Librarian is part of ISR’s Digital Initiatives Group and will report the Digital Initiatives Group Leader. S/he will work closely with the Digital Projects Technologist, members of the Technical Services department, and the Library Systems department.

Duties and Responsibilities

Primary responsibilities include:
– Maintaining knowledge of national and international descriptive, technical, and administrative metadata standards. Interpreting and
adapting those standards for local needs.
– Maintaining knowledge of national and international cataloging standards and best practices. Providing support for cataloging books and electronic resources. Staying abreast of changes in traditional cataloging (i.e., the shift from MARC/AACR2 to RDA). Leading conversations within ISR related to these changes in information organization.
– Selecting the appropriate metadata scheme for digital projects.
– Coordinating the creation of metadata and long-term maintenance of data for projects. Working with faculty, staff, students, and administrators to establish and implement best practices for individual collections.
– Establishing workflows for metadata projects. Coordinating metadata work assigned to other staff and student workers. Overseeing training on related software and tasks.
– Experimenting with promising new metadata/cataloging tools or technologies. Developing strategies for integrating new technologies and services into the existing framework.
– Seeking to create more efficient workflows for data creation, manipulation, clean-up and storage. Exploring, recommending, and implementing processes to automate work.
– Staying abreast of changes in library systems such as the integrated library system and federated search systems. Participating in ISR
groups who are seeking to enhance existing systems and considering tools for future implementation.
– Anticipating future trends in an evolving digital environment. Maintaining current awareness of national and international developments affecting metadata, cataloging, and information retrieval. Attending professional meetings and workshops to monitor changes in metadata standards and practices.

Secondary responsibilities include:
– Representing the Digital Initiatives Group and ISR by serving on university-wide and ISR committees as appropriate.
– Participating in training campus users on digital object storage, presentation, and cataloging software. Several tools currently in use
include Luna Insight and Inscribe, ARTstor, ImageDB (a locally-developed image database tool), Picasa, and DSpace.
– Assisting with grant submissions for digital project proposals.
– Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

– Master’s degree in Library Science or Information Science.
– Minimum of two years of relevant experience.
– Knowledge of existing and developing metadata schemas, standards, and protocols such as Dublin Core, VRA Core, LOM, MODS, METS, CCO, and OAI-PMH; traditional cataloging rules and standards including MARC and AACR2; subject thesauri such as LC subject headings, ULAN, AAT, TGN, and MeSH; emerging standards such as RDA.
– Ability to adapt to changing digital technologies and metadata standards.
– Proficiency in standard computer applications, spreadsheets, databases, integrated library systems, the Internet, as well as traditional library resources.
– The ability to learn new systems and procedures quickly.
– Excellent written and oral communication skills.
– The ability to work independently, with minimal supervision, and in teams.

About the Organization
In August 1997 Bucknell University integrated its library and computing organizations to form Information Services and Resources (ISR). ISR focuses on strengthening natural areas of collaboration and creating synergies among staff members. We strive to create an information-rich environment for the campus, and enjoy a strong service reputation. ISR is committed to supporting the professional development of its approximately 85 staff members.

Bucknell is a highly selective, predominantly undergraduate residential university with strong liberal arts and professional programs. There are approximately 3400 undergraduates and 150 master’s degree students. The campus is in a beautiful rural setting adjacent to the Susquehanna River. Harrisburg and State College (home of Penn State University) are about an hour away; New York, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are approximately a three to four hours drive. The university supports an active program of cultural events and opportunities for recreation.

Contact Information
To learn more about our organization, explore ISR’s website – Of particular interest are our vision and
values, which can be found by selecting “About ISR”.

For maximum consideration, post a cover letter, resume and names of three references by midnight, April 16, 2007 to “Jobs at Bucknell” – Bucknell encourages applications from women and members of minority groups (EEO/AA).

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