The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Libraries seeks a collaborative individual for the position of Metadata Management and Outreach Librarian to provide active leadership for the enhancement/maintenance of bibliographic, authority, holdings, and item records in the University Librariesâ™ library management system. Additionally, this position provides for original and complex cataloging according to established library standards and creates authority records as required; provides metadata consultation expertise for projects within the Libraries and across other academic departments; and supports the cataloging work of Librariesâ™ distinct and unique special collections, including supervision of additional Libraries staff. This position also works closely with our digital library services and preservation programs to support access and discoverability of our diverse library and archival collections.
Located in the Collections and Content Strategy Service Area, the Cataloging, Metadata and Digitization Services Department provides foundational and innovative metadata and digitization services in support of knowledge resource description and discovery. The department holds principal responsibility for metadata creation, extraction, and import, and its transformation and enrichment, in addition to supporting a large Digital Library Services digitization center. This department carries out these functions through the coalescing of metadata standards and information technology expertise, and in collaboration with numerous Libraries, University, institutional partners, and professional entities.
Authority and Bibliographic Leadership (30%)
Plans, coordinates, and participates in database enrichment and maintenance activities for bibliographic, authority, holdings, and item records; monitor emerging standards to ensure the accuracy and completeness of all records.
Creates/updates bibliographic and authority records for the Libraries; performs maintenance or enrichment functions as required.
Leads in the design and execution of metadata schema and/or selection of appropriate schema, working closely with project developer teams, and applicationsâ™ business owners, including our digital library and preservation programs.
Provides leadership and coordination on the departmentâ™s reparative description/enhancement efforts, helping to further advance our work within a DEI framework.
Actively participates in efforts to create, manage, and leverage data from all appropriate sources to create or enhance services that support discovery and other scholarly activities for a variety of users and stakeholders.
Manages and participates in projects requiring metadata for discovery and access across the Libraries and campus community.
Works in collaboration with others in the Libraries to ensure our local digitization is properly ingested into the HathiTrust digital library; supports training and use of our system
APIs in support of the Libraries Open Data Sharing policy (https://z.umn.edu/lib-opensharing).
Responsible for the training, management, supervision, and performance reviews for the Metadata Specialist Supervisor and the work of the Archives and Special Collections cataloging unit.
Identifies and implements system and policy changes needed to support Archives and Special Collections cataloging projects.
Promotes effective communication between staff through scheduling and conducting staff meetings, and resolving conflicts among staff within the department and/or between units and departments.
Facilitates and encourages education and development of unit staff by identifying needs and supporting/providing training, developing documentation and standards for job related tasks, and providing mentorship in helping to develop staff potential.
Planning, Policy Development, and Collaboration (20%)
Participates in the development, documentation, and evaluation of departmental policies and procedures.
Serves as a resource and liaison to the University community for metadata best practices.
Acts as liaison between stakeholders within the Libraries and across the campus.
Contributes to setting directions and developing and carrying out goals, initiatives and projects for the Department, the Service Area, and the University Libraries.
Service to the Libraries, University, and/or the Community (15%)
Establishes a record of visible active contribution to the Libraries, the institution, and/or the broader community that extends beyond assigned responsibilities.
Contributes to the University of Minnesotaâ™s commitment to serve the citizens of Minnesota by promoting services and resources that will benefit the broader community, and
providing limited education and consultation on topics of expertise.
Professional Development and Contribution (15%)
Contributes to the advancement of librarianship through visible professional activity, particularly as it contributes to the achievement of library and University objectives. Evidence of such contributions would typically include work in relevant professional or scholarly organizations, publications, external training, public speaking and consulting, and/or evidence of scholarly reflection and output.
Engages in local, regional, and national professional activities that contribute to advancing the theory and practice of librarianship, and of cataloging specifically.
Salary and Benefits: This is a full-time, 12-month, continuous-track appointment, academic professional position with probationary appointment at the Assistant Librarian rank. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The hiring salary for this position is $60,000. The University offers excellent benefits and may be eligible for moving allowance for this position. This position is eligible for flexible hours with a hybrid work environment based on departmental and operational needs.
How to Apply: You must address all required qualifications in either your cover letter or CV/Resume to be considered for the position. Submit a letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three current professional references. Please identify your cover letter with UL473. Note: candidates will be notified before contacting references. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is closed.
VISA SPONSORSHIP: Visa sponsorship is not offered for this position.
American Library Association accredited Masterâ™s degree in Library/Information Science or equivalent combination of advanced degree and relevant experience.
One or more years of cataloging and/or authority/bibliographic control experience using MARC formats, AACR2rev or Original Resource Description and Access (RDA), Library
Congress subject headings and classification.
Experience using a bibliographic utility such as OCLC Connexion, and a library management system, such as Alma.
Demonstrated excellence in communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
Ability to work effectively both independently and in cooperation with colleagues in a service-oriented, collaborative environment.
Training in or experience with creating name authority records according to PCC NACO standards.
Experience working with diverse stakeholder communities in support of digital humanities research and scholarship.
Understanding of and experience with other metadata schema such as Dublin Core, MODS, and METS.
Experience cataloging special collections and/or rare materials.
Ability to work with a variety of foreign languages, including those using non-Roman scripts.
Knowledge of emerging technologies, especially as they relate to metadata systems, standards, and their interconnectedness across repository platforms.
Experience working on grants and other externally funded projects.
Demonstrated involvement in professional activities, including evidence of ability to contribute to librarianship, research, and service.
Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to the benefits of diversity and inclusion throughout an organization.
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.