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Location: United States, California, San Diego  
Job Types: Professional
Categories: Entry Level
Academic Librarianship

San Diego State University Library and Information Access

VPAA #2008/09 – 91
Screening will begin March 3, 2008 and will continue until the position is filled.

San Diego State University Library and Information Access invites applications from experienced and innovative individuals for the position of Metadata Librarian.
Reporting to the Head of Monographs Cataloging, the successful candidate will
– provide leadership in developing, implementing and managing metadata standards,
– and will create metadata for the library’s growing number of digital collections and repositories, including text, images, audio, video and data files.

= Leads the evaluation and implementation of appropriate metadata standards for description, access, retrieval and management of the library’s digital assets
= Serves as the local authority for metadata standards, keeping abreast of developments in electronic publishing, digital conversion and related copyright concerns
= Documents locally adopted metadata standards, practices and workflows
= Creates metadata for the library’s digital collections
= Trains staff and supervises metadata creation
= Manages authority and quality control issues for the library’s metadata
= Participates in the Digital Initiatives Steering Group to plan digital collections and projects
= Collaborates with faculty, librarians and staff as they develop digital collections
= Serves as the library’s metadata liaison to the University
= May collaborate with colleagues to structure, plan and build University-wide repositories
= Experiments with promising new metadata/cataloging tools or technologies
= Participates in appropriate library and University task forces, committees, and outreach activities
= Provides exceptional customer service to colleagues and library users alike

Required Qualifications:
= ALA-accredited MLS degree, or equivalent
= A minimum of one year of experience working with two or more recognized metadata schema, such as Dublin Core, EAD, METS, MODS or MARC in a digital library environment
= Basic knowledge of the processes involved in digitization/data transformation
= Demonstrated knowledge of information organization concepts
= Excellent oral and written communication skills
= Ability to work collaboratively with diverse constituencies
= Ability to work well with library staff to provide access to the library’s digital collections
= Ability to be flexible and responsive in a rapidly changing work environment
= Demonstrated leadership skills
= Ability to meet the requirements for tenure and promotion at San Diego State University

Preferred Qualifications:
= Two years of library experience
= Project management experience

This is a full-time, twelve-month, tenure track faculty position. Tenure is dependent upon continuing library service effectiveness, professional growth and development, and service to the University and community.

Rank of either Senior Assistant or Associate Librarian with a salary range of $55,944-$89,472.
Excellent benefits, including medical, dental and vision plans, as well as 24 days vacation per year.

San Diego State University is one of the largest academic institutions in California, and is the oldest in the San Diego region. Part of the California State University system, SDSU serves an ethnically diverse student body of approximately 36,500 students. SDSU is the nation’s most productive small research university, offering bachelor’s degrees in 81 areas, master’s degrees in 74 and joint-doctoral degrees in 16 areas. Its mission is to provide well-balanced, high-quality education for undergraduate and graduate students, and to contribute to knowledge and the solution of problems through excellence and distinction in teaching, research and services. Additional information is available at

Please send letter of application, resume and names, postal and e-mail addresses of five professional references to

mlester AT .

Print versions of the application packet may be sent to:

Mark Lester
Director, Administrative Operations and Communication
Library and Information Access
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-8050

Please indicate the position for which you are applying.

San Diego State University is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, age, disability, or veteran status, including veterans of the Vietnam era.



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