Metadata Librarian

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Metadata LibrarianUniversity of Kansas LibrariesThe University of Kansas Libraries seeks a knowledgeable, energetic and innovative individual to provide leadership and guidance to the University of Kansas Libraries and the campus community on the development, analysis and application of metadata schemes. The Metadata Librarian serves as the Libraries’ primary resource for non-MARC metadata design, structure and standards. This position is a 12 month tenure track faculty appointment with rank of assistant/associate librarian.Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Information Technology and Discovery Services, the Metadata Librarian is a member of the Metadata, Data, and Discovery Services department. The Metadata Librarian is oversees projects, workflow design and training involving metadata and use of metadata in digital repositories and other discovery systems. She/he works closely with colleagues in the Cataloging Department, the Distinctive Collections division and the Research and Learning division to support the discovery of and access to the Libraries’ digital content through metadata creation, analysis, enrichment, and maintenance in accordance with local and national cataloging and metadata standards. The Metadata Librarian is expected to provide consultation services for faculty on metadata and data in support of digital scholarship to enhance research, teaching, and learning at the University of Kansas. Duties:80% Professional ResponsibilitiesWorks to expand staff expertise and experience in the application of non-MARC metadata, developing training materials and providing instruction and documentation. Participates in the development, evaluation, and implementation of metadata policies, goals and procedures. Provides expertise and management relating to metadata production for description, access, administration and preservation of digital materials acquired or held by the Library. Serves as functional manager for the KU Libraries digital repositories, including responsibility for overall organization of content, and acts as a liaison in supporting and training for users. Collaborates with internal and external partners in the selection, design, and adaptation of metadata schema, controlled vocabularies, and data dictionaries. Creates, reviews, and edits metadata for digital collections and assists in the development and application of metadata crosswalks and data conversion routines. Assists with analysis and conversion of existing data into standard metadata formats. Collaborates with local, national, and international partners on research to advance the use of appropriate metadata use for digital library services.10% Research Contributes to the profession's collective knowledge by engaging in scholarly research activity. Research may involve the publication of articles, books, book reviews, grant-supported inquiry, or editorial work.10% ServiceEngages in service to the Libraries, the University and to professional organizations by participating in committee work, projects, and other contributory achievements.Required Qualifications:  - ALA-accredited MLS by date of appointment.- 2 years of academic/research library experience working with standard metadata formats (e.g., MARC, EAD, TEI, VRA Core, METS, MODS, PREMIS, etc.).- Excellence in written communication as demonstrated by quality of application materials. - A commitment to strong customer service within and outside the libraries as demonstrated by quality of application materials as demonstrated by quality of application materials.Open Rank: Rank considerations are based on professional performance, research, and service experience sufficient to qualify for appointment at the rank of Assistant Librarian, Associate Librarian, or Librarian. See Discipline Expectations for additional details: http://lib.ku.edu/lfpa/LCPT/DisciplineExpectations2009.pdfPreferred Qualifications:- Knowledge of and interest in current issues, trends, and emerging standards in cataloging and metadata- Familiarity with XML, XSLT, and tools for transforming metadata. - Experience using DSpace or other digital library or repository systems.Experience converting databases (e.g., Access, FileMaker Pro, etc.,) into standard metadata formats.- Excellent organizational skills with aptitude for complex, analytical and detailed work.- Excellent oral communication skills and the ability to collaborate effectively with diverse constituents.- Ability to work independently and as a team member in a dynamic environment and on a variety of simultaneous projects. - Working knowledge of the use of cataloging principles, and an understanding of controlled vocabularies, taxonomies, and ontologies.- Ability to provide effective individual and group training.- Demonstrated initiative in investigating new ideas and implementing change.- Engagement in national/international standards and professional organizations related to metadata.

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