Serving three campuses, the University of Washington Libraries is one of the largest and most innovative libraries in North America with collections exceeding 9 million volumes, over 1 million electronic books, more than 120,000 currently received journal titles, as well as millions of scholarly resources in other formats. Beyond the strength of local collections and digital resources, the Libraries is recognized for its excellent service, innovative learning and research spaces, faculty partnerships, global reach, extensive assessment efforts, and diverse award-winning staff. The Libraries plays a significant leadership role regionally as a member in the groundbreaking Orbis Cascade Alliance and throughout the profession as evidenced by the number of its staff selected for competitive leadership programs and honored by professional association lifetime achievement awards.
CATALOGING AND METADATA SERVICES
Cataloging and Metadata Services (CAMS) is one of four departments in the Collections & Content portfolio of the University of Washington Libraries. The department has 29 members: 18 classified staff and 11 librarians organized in five units. The Libraries uses the OCLC bibliographic utility, a consortial implementation of the Alma Library Management System, and the Primo discovery system. CAMS catalogs monographs, serials, and integrating resources in all formats and subjects and in numerous languages according to national cataloging standards. CAMS plays the leading role in setting cataloging policy in conjunction with other UW Libraries units. It provides subject analysis and authority work for digital collections and electronic theses and dissertations on multiple platforms. It leads the development of non-MARC metadata standards and applications within the Libraries, and offers various metadata services across campus as needed. CAMS also assumes local responsibility for the Resource Management module of the Alma shared library management system. UW Libraries is active in all four programs of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (BIBCO, CONSER, NACO, and SACO), and has consistently been one of the largest contributors of new LC subject, genre/form, and demographic group authority records. CAMS staff are active in national library organizations such as ALA, OLAC, the Music Library Association, and the Program for Cooperative Cataloging, as well as the regional Orbis Cascade Alliance. There is also selective participation in regional, national, and/or international metadata projects. Additional information about the department is available at http://www.lib.washington.edu/msd/about.
The University of Washington Libraries seeks an enthusiastic and proactive Metadata Librarian to develop and maintain expertise in metadata schemas, standards, and tools, and provide vision and leadership within the department and the Libraries in implementing them. This position prepares the Libraries for adoption of existing and emerging standards, best practices, and tools, and advises librarians, researchers, and other data owners on the application of established and emerging metadata schemas. This position reports to the Interim Head of Metadata & Cataloging Initiatives Unit, a newly created unit within CAMS. The successful candidate will have the capacity to thrive in an exciting, fluid, future-oriented Libraries environment, and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities. This is a full-time position with a flexible start date.
SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
Maintains a working knowledge of existing and emerging metadata standards, tools, and best practices, as well as developments in interoperability, with a focus on standards the Libraries currently employ, such as Dublin Core, BIBFRAME, MARCXML, and RDF.
Assists in planning and implementing metadata for digital resources, including selection of metadata schemas, standards, data elements, and thesauri.
Plays a significant role in selected projects that include data migration, reformatting or repurposing, and choosing appropriate metadata mappings and tools.
Helps maintain, develop, implement, and extend the libraries' metadata registry. Contributes to the maintenance of digital content repositories. Communicates about metadata developments to appropriate staff.
Creates metadata for digital collections originating within the Libraries, the University, or related consortia and projects.
Provides training in metadata creation and data modeling.
Creates and contributes to educational programs and resources – such as web pages, information literacy workshops, and classroom instruction – detailing metadata developments.
Assists in the development and oversight of workflows for metadata within the department, and writes and maintains documentation. May participate in grants or other projects.
Provides consultation services to librarians, researchers, and other data owners and assists in analysis of their materials, modeling their collections, advising on techniques for metadata collection and enhancement, and ingesting collections into the appropriate repository.
Deploys metadata in a variety of technological environments, some well-established and others not yet mature.
Helps administer a department server. Installs applications, some with minimal interfaces like command line interfaces.
Writes varying levels of code to successfully deploy metadata.
May perform advanced and original descriptive, subject, and genre/form cataloging and classification using RDA: Resource Description & Access, LC-PCC Policy Statements and Program for Cooperative Cataloging guidelines, Library of Congress classification, Library of Congress subject headings and genre/form terms, and OCLC MARC tagging, in accordance with local policies. May contribute headings to the national authority file through NACO and SACO; may participate in BIBCO by contributing PCC records to OCLC.
May serve as a cataloging liaison between the department and selected library units.
Serves on the Metadata Implementation Group.
$52,000 minimum. Starting salary commensurate with qualifications and background.
Librarians are academic personnel and participate in the University of Washington Retirement Plan on a matching basis. Vacation is accrued at the rate of 26 working days per year; sick leave at the rate of 12 working days per year. No state or local income tax. This is a full time, 12-month appointment.
ANTICIPATED START DATE
While we hope to fill the position by Fall 2019 we are happy to work with the successful candidate to explore opportunities for an earlier or later start date.
Graduate degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or an equivalent graduate library science/information studies degree.
Experience working with metadata or cataloging standards and best practices.
Experience with authority control, controlled vocabularies, or identity management.
Knowledge of current trends and developments in providing metadata.
Ability to install, assess, and deploy technology to improve library services.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace.
Evidence of the ability to work with others in a demanding and rapidly changing environment where consultation, collaboration, and cooperation are valued and essential.
Evidence of excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
Experience working in detail with at least one major metadata standard.
Professional experience with the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative specifications.
Professional experience designing and implementing metadata across multiple platforms.
Experience with linked data, semantic web applications, ontologies, and RDF.
Experience working with digital repository systems and/or digital asset management systems, preferably CONTENTdm and DSpace.
Experience with library resource management systems, preferably Ex Libris Alma.
Experience using XML tools (XSLT, XML Schema, Schematron, RELAX NG, XQuery, XProc, eXist-db).
Knowledge of metadata analysis, transformation tools, and scripting languages for data manipulation (OpenRefine, MarcEdit, Python, Ruby, shell scripting, etc.).
The closing date for applications is 11:59pm EST on Monday, June 10. To ensure consideration, applications must be completed in Interfolio by this time.
The following documents are required as part of your application for this vacancy:
Cover letter (addressed to Laura Lillard, Director, Libraries Human Resources)
Curriculum vitae or resume (include a telephone number, mailing address, email address and salary requirements)
List of three references who are knowledgeable of your qualifications for this position, one of which must be your current supervisor (include telephone numbers and email addresses)
Equity is a core value of the UW Libraries and an integral component of the Libraries 2018-2021 Strategic Plan. We aspire to become a truly inclusive and equitable organization. In your application, please include a separate statement of no more than 300 words that describes your potential to support and contribute to the Libraries' commitment to providing equitable services and resources to all people, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or veteran status.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.
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