Digital Librarian I, Boston

Position Title: Digital Librarian I (P-1)


Creation and maintenance of metadata and associated authority control;
quality control; knowledge of changing metadata standards; and other
duties associated with the creation and maintenance of digital objects
and data related to them. Works to provide access to the Boston Public
library’s digital collections.

REPORTS TO: Manager of Digital Services


Plan and implement all activities related to standards-based metadata
production for the digital library program;

Maintain and utilize knowledge of national and international
descriptive, technical and administrative metadata standards and schema;
recommend procedures for ensuring quality metadata production;

Work with the Digital Library Group to integrate production of metadata
into the digital imaging workflow;

Create and/or complete the subject analysis and description for metadata
records to ensure the efficient retrieval of digital resources through
local or other data networks.
Verify and edit resource descriptions prepared by BPL staff; assist in
providing training and encourage an understanding of metadata issues and
technologies for Library staff;

Contribute to the development and maintenance of institutional standards
and best practices for the digital library program;

Manage and contribute to the production of metadata for legacy files;

Assist in providing training and supervision of subordinate staff.

Assist with grant submissions for digital project proposals and grants.

Performs other related and comparable duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university.

Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA
accredited library school.


Experience with digitization software and digitization standards.


Direct, relevant experience with: creating and using existing and
developing non-MARC metadata schema and XML in a library setting,
including direct, relevant experience creating and using metadata
schemas, standards, and protocols such as Dublin Core, VRA Core, CCO,

Knowledge of traditional cataloging rules and standards including MARC
and AACR2;

Knowledge of subject thesauri such as LC subject headings, ULAN, AAT and

Ability to adapt to changing digital technologies and metadata

Ability to apply traditional cataloging knowledge in evolving metadata
management environment; ability to adhere to rigorous accuracy and
thoroughness requirements;

Experience with web design and web authoring tools; experience with
markup languages used in web content development (html, xml)

Proficiency in standard computer applications, spreadsheets, databases,
integrated library systems, the Internet, as well as traditional library

Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability
to present complex technical information to a generalist audience.

Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.

Flexibility and the willingness to learn and adapt; commitment to
professional development; willingness to participate in activities such
as technical conferences, technical classes, reading books and journals,
to expand on personal technical knowledge and awareness of industry
trends directions, and best practices.

Sense of humor.


Must be a Resident of the City of Boston upon First Day of Hire.
Must successfully clear a Criminal Offenders Record Information (CORI)
check with the City of Boston.

Thomas Blake
Digital Imaging Production Manager
Boston Public Library
700 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02116
617 859-2039

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