Metadata Librarian (2 new positions), Emory University, Atlanta

Posted 12/7/2007: Metadata Librarian (2 new positions), Emory University Libraries, Atlanta, Georgia

The Emory University Libraries invites applications for two new Metadata Librarian positions. We seek candidates with a flexible and forward-thinking approach to challenges and opportunities. Implementation of an aggressive strategic plan is underway and among the initiatives affecting this position are numerous digital projects, a mass digitization project, and the development and implementation of next generation search, discovery and delivery tools. For more information on the libraries’ strategic plan, please see http://web.library.emory.edu/about/publications/Five_Year_Strategy_2007.html

Responsibilities: The Metadata Librarian provides leadership and guidance to evaluate and apply appropriate metadata schemas for description and access to digital content acquired or created by the General Libraries. S/he works with the Metadata and Advanced Cataloging Team Leader and the Technical Services Coordinating Group in determining resource allocations for digital projects, including a digitization program. Key responsibilities include:

  • Analyzes digital project requirements and develops strategies for the creation of appropriate metadata to provide description and access for textual and non-textual digital objects; contributes to the formulation and implementation of the General Libraries’ local policies and standards for metadata; participates in metadata creation, remediation and transformation; and serves as resource for staff in all university libraries;
  • Collaborates with staff in digital programs and the digital curation center in the evaluation of project requests and implementations; works with the team leader and others to establish workflows; and maintains documentation;
  • Trains staff in metadata implementation and creation for digital objects; and
  • Participates in the library’s research and development efforts and contributes to local and national discussions on the full range of metadata issues.

Qualifications: Education, Experience & Training: Requires ALA accredited MLS and minimum of one year professional experience applying a non-MARC metadata schema and standard; record of active involvement in professional activities. Preferred: cataloging experience in an academic library and experience with SIRSI Unicorn. Knowledge, Skills, Ability: The successful candidate will have broad knowledge of cataloging principles and of non-MARC metadata schemas (particularly XML, MODS, Dublin Core, VRA Core or EAD), standards, best practices, and applications. Proven excellence in communication, interpersonal and time-management skills; strong service orientation; ability to work independently and as part of a team in a dynamic environment. Current awareness of national trends and developments in metadata standards and information retrieval. Demonstrated project planning and management abilities; analytical and problem-solving skills; aptitude for complex, detailed work.

Salary and Benefits: Salary and rank dependent upon qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package, including tuition benefits. Several retirement plan options are available, including TIAA/CREF. Generous support for moving expenses.

Emory University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and encourages women and minority candidates

Application: Send letter of interest, resume, and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references to: Dianne M. Smith, Library Human Resources Officer, Robert W. Woodruff Library, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322-2870. E-mailed applications are encouraged (with materials as Word attachments) sent via Linda Nodine at libln@emory.edu; applications may be faxed to 404/727-0805. Application review begins November 2007 and continues until position is filled.

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