Job Posting: Metadata Specialist, Mount Holyoke College

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Position Title Metadata Specialist
Posting Number 0444
Position Summary Reporting to the Head of Digital Assets and Preservation Services, the Metadata Specialist provides and maintains descriptive, technical, and structural metadata for digital content; supporting the Digital Assets and Preservation Services department responsible for the collaborative planning, implementation, integration, integrity, and continuous evaluation of the College’s digital repository, including all policies, standards, and workflows

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

Provides and maintains descriptive, technical, and structural metadata for digital content (including but not limited to research data, sound, video, images, text, teaching materials), acquired or created by Mount Holyoke College; evaluates and maintains quality control of metadata operations; maintains documentation on best practices and tracks developments on standards of all types (descriptive, technical, preservation, and administrative) to recommend and design appropriate metadata schema for discovery and access.

Keeps abreast of new trends, tools, opportunities, and campus needs. Contributes to a continuous process of assessment to ensure the Digital Assets and Preservation Department’s success in advancing the College’s evolving goals in light of pedagogical, information, and technology changes. Assists the Department Head and works collaboratively with key members of LITS staff (Networking/Web Team, Research and Instruction, etc.) in identifying, planning, and implementing the best repository and/or discovery tool solutions for Mount Holyoke. Advises the Department Head and related LITS staff on metadata best practices as related to digital preservation.

Serves as member of the Digital Assets and Preservation Services team and works collaboratively to plan and achieve LITS Division goals and priorities, participates in College and Five College committees, and engages in other professional activities related to the duties of the position.

Ensures compliance with professional and technology standards, license and regulatory requirements, and MHC standards, policies, and procedures.

Maintains a high level of quality customer service standards responding to questions and problems.

Develops strong working, collaborative partnerships within LITS, with the College community, Five Colleges, and others to proactively identify, recommend, facilitate, and implement appropriate and effective policies, services, resources, support, and procedures that improve the ability of the College community to accomplish its teaching, learning, research, and administrative goals.

Evening and weekend work, as necessary.

Performs related duties as assigned.
Qualifications Qualifications/Skills:

Master’s degree in an area that relates to information systems preferred such as a MLS or Information Technology degree, but we welcome and will consider otherwise qualified candidates with credentials that support the requirements of the position.

Minimum of 2 years experience, preferably in an academic setting. Demonstrated experience with creating and applying metadata standards to describe digital collections using CONTENTdm or other digital management system(s), experience in cross-walking, XSLT, and scripting; experience with standards-based non-MARC metadata schemas, such as Dublin Core, MODS, METS, EAD and TEl; experience with traditional cataloging standards such as MARC, AACR2 and LCSH, familiarity with other controlled vocabularies, such as AAT, GNIS, and TGN. Functional knowledge of relational database management systems (RDBMS), structured query language (SQL), extensible markup language (XML), and familiarity with Linux operating systems and/or shell/command line usage is an asset.

Excellent oral and written communication, organization, and problem-solving skills and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

Creativity, with a passion for supporting a collaborative work environment. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse group of faculty, students, administrators, staff, and others.

Maintain a professional and tactful approach in all interactions, ensuring confidentiality and an individual’s right to privacy regarding appropriate information.

Flexibility to accept, manage and incorporate change and the ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities simultaneously and effectively in a fast-paced environment.

Ability to travel as needed to participate in consortia and professional meetings and events.

Enthusiastic service orientation with sensitivity to the needs of users at all skill levels; the ability to convey technical information to a non-technical audience is essential.

The physical demands of the position include:
a. Visual ability to read computer screens and printed materials;
b. Hearing and speaking abilities to effectively communicate via the telephone and in person.
c. Ability to stand, walk, climb stairs, and freely traverse campus.
College/Department Description The Library, Information and Technology Services (LITS) Division at Mount Holyoke College is committed to providing integrated information and technology services and resources that enable students, faculty, and staff to creatively and productively advance the College’s academic, administrative, and co-curricular goals.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Department/Program Library, Information, and Technology Services
Position Posting Date 04-14-2010
Position Close Date Open Until Filled
Position Review Date 05-14-2010
Position FTE Full-Time
Full Year

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