Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
The Digital Initiatives Metadata Librarian will be responsible for providing expertise and leadership in development, implementation, and assessment of metadata systems, policies, and procedures to support discovery, access, management, and preservation of general and special collections, digital collections and digital repository holdings in the University Libraries.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Lead and coordinate the selection, use and development of non-MARC metadata standards and policies, including description, administrative, and technical metadata schemas for physical, electronic, and digital collections in collaboration with relevant library stakeholders.
Collaborate with the stakeholders to extend the capabilities of existing systems for enhanced discovery of library resources across the discovery layer, the catalog, digital platforms and beyond.
Regularly evaluate metadata schemas, elements, and their implementations, recommending linked data strategies, where appropriate, to ensure WU Libraries are following effective practices for optimal discoverability of digital collections.
Apply programming and/or scripting skills in support of technical requirements and production needs for metadata creation, conversion, enhancement, normalization, and maintenance. Contribute to metadata creation in partnership with cataloging colleagues and through the oversight of student employees. Perform batch loads of non-MARC, MARC and other electronic records as needed.
Work together with other team leaders to assure that the organization, management, and skill levels of staff evolve to meet new challenges, including innovative access points, resource description and subject analysis, support for special and digital collections programs, collection management support, and support of consortial collaborations.
Serve on Libraries committees. Maintain awareness of best practices and technical advances in metadata standards and policies through engagement with national and international professional communities, and other professional development opportunities.
Perform other duties as assigned and as needed.
Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program in library and/or information science, or an equivalent amount of relevant education and applicable work experience.
Strong, demonstrated facility with multiple schema for standards-based non-MARC metadata (e.g. Dublin Core, METS, PREMIS), as well as MARC XML.
Demonstrated experience and in-depth knowledge with OAI-PMI and other relevant data transfer standards.
Proficiency with well-formed XML; and ability to investigate and learn new metadata standards as required.
Ability to work effectively and efficiently without direct supervision.
Knowledge of trends, issues, and resources in digital library development, metadata and cataloging standards, and data management in academic libraries.
Demonstrated knowledge of digital preservation standards and best practices.
Strong commitment to high quality customer service.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively on projects across a wide range of departments and for varying audiences.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both oral and written.
Project management experience with complex digital initiatives involving many stakeholders.
Supervisory experience, especially for technical operations and project work.
Experience with open source digital repository systems, such as Digital Commons, Fedora repository framework and Hydra/Samvera.
Experience with content management system for websites and digital content (e.g., Drupal, DSpace, Omeka).
Experience working in a large academic, cultural heritage, or research institution.
Experience with distributed version control, preferably Git/Github, for source code version control and collaboration.
Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative team-based environment, and to communicate well with IT and non-IT staff.
Strong desire to learn new skills and adeptness to doing so.
Strong organizational skills and demonstrated ability to manage projects.
Demonstrated ability to write clear documentation.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of University Libraries. This position is for the Danforth Campus.
The hiring range for this position is $52,943 - $68,816 annually.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
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