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Metadata Librarian for Open Access

Metadata Librarian for Open Access

UCLA Job Location: California Apply By: 10/09/2019 Date Created: 09-16-2019

Metadata Librarian for Open Access   Department: Cataloging and Metadata Center Rank and Salary: Assistant Librarian – Librarian ($59,592 - $91,270) Position Availability: Immediately Application deadline for first consideration: October 9, 2019   The UCLA Library seeks a highly collaborative and innovative metadata librarian to support a variety of open access initiatives at UCLA. The incumbent will help to shape this new position, strategizing for and implementing means by which metadata can better advance open access goals and improve tools. In addition to creating and remediating metadata for open access resources and striving to make open access materials as findable and accessible as licensed ones, this librarian will also focus on techniques for optimizing the metadata in the institutional repository (eScholarship); obtaining identifiers for scholars to support search precision/recall, identification of missing content, supporting the measure of scholarly output, etc.; and creating descriptions for data sets and other open access resources not currently in scope for the UC Shared Cataloging Program. The ideal candidate will have a firm understanding of the issues surrounding open access as well as cataloging and metadata, and will work closely with other units on campus to help achieve UCLA’s open access goals.   Position Duties Reporting to the Team Leader of the Subject Specialists Team, the Metadata Librarian for Open Access is responsible for the metadata for open access and freely available resources. The incumbent would leverage new metadata elements to highlight which resources are open access, and investigate other ways to improve metadata for and discovery of open access materials.  The incumbent would partner with Library colleagues and programs, including Scholarly Communication, the California Digital Library, the Data Science Center, Digital Library Program, selectors and the Collections Council Digitization Team, Acquisitions, and the Metadata Services and Continuing Resources Management teams in the Cataloging & Metadata Center.   Specific duties and responsibilities include:
  • Creates and remediates metadata for open access and other freely available resources.
  • Investigates new ways to improve metadata for and discovery of open access materials.
  • Tracks and acts as a steward for the description of open access resources, so that they receive appropriate priority and attention in relation to paid-for and tangible materials.
  • Collects ideas on new roles existing metadata can play and investigates possible means for achieving these.
  • Performs original MARC cataloging for materials in various formats and languages.
  • Responds to requests for metadata advice, in support of the UCLA Digital Library.
  • Contributes to the Program for Cooperative Cataloging, including NACO, SACO, and BIBCO.
  • In consultation with others, strategizes for optimizing the metadata in the institutional repository and its subsequent integration with other discovery tools.
  • Advocates for needed standards through professional association work and other channels.
  • Writes and maintains documentation of policies and procedures.
  • Helps to assess the effectiveness of existing services.
  • Collaborates with team leader and department colleagues in the provision of quality control, data transformation, investigation of new tools and standards, and development of standards and best practices.
  • Works closely with Library Development to identify and steward donors, collections, and endowed gift funds.
  Description of Unit The UCLA Library Cataloging & Metadata Center is the main cataloging unit in the UCLA Library system. The Center serves the cataloging needs of the Arts, Biomedical, Management, Music, Powell, Science & Engineering, and Young Research Libraries, as well as of eight small collections on campus.  The Center’s 13 FTE librarians and 23 FTE staff are organized into seven teams: Data Integrity, Discovery, Continuing Resources Management, International, Metadata Services, Licensing and E-Resources Acquisitions, and Subject Specialists.  It is primarily responsible for providing access to more than 90,000 titles annually, including locally-digitized and curated materials, in various formats and languages, using a variety of metadata schemas.  In addition to providing access to tangible materials, the Center creates metadata in support of UCLA’s Digital Library Program.  Members of the Center advise and consult with members of the campus community and others on metadata and cataloging issues.  The Center is exploring next generation metadata development through BIBFRAME/linked data and actively participating in national efforts to determine how these changes in data format can improve the user experience and obtain greater benefits from structured metadata investments.  The Center is also a long-standing member of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging and a significant contributor to BIBCO, CONSER, NACO, and SACO.   Within the Center, the Subject Specialists Team consists of 3 FTE librarians and 3 FTE library assistants and is responsible for providing intellectual access to materials in the arts, humanities, biomedical and physical sciences, and social sciences. The team performs original monographic cataloging; creates metadata for digital objects; and significantly refines and upgrades monographic records that cannot be used as-is via cataloging-on-receipt in Print Acquisitions or be included in shelf-ready processing.   Anyone wishing to be considered for this position should apply here:  https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF04980

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