Purdue University Libraries
Purdue University Libraries seeks an energetic, intellectually curious, and innovative librarian to join the Libraries as Metadata Specialist. The Metadata Specialist is responsible for developing metadata strategies to facilitate discovery, use, and preservation of Purdue digital assets. This includes developing collaborative approaches to the development and application of metadata standards to emergent Libraries collections and to address issues of knowledge management faced throughout campus.
The position will specify the application of appropriate descriptive, administrative, and technical metadata schemas for digitized and born-digital content managed by the Libraries. This will include a leadership role in non-MARC metadata projects. This position will develop strategies for metadata interoperability to facilitate effective access and preservation. This includes strategies for integrating heterogeneous metadata from highly distributed collections within local services, as well as exposing locally generated metadata to external services. The position will play an active role in national and international discussions about the emerging and dynamic role of metadata in providing access to information resources.
Participating in interdisciplinary, sponsored research with Purdue faculty, this position will help develop new approaches to describing and managing research data and other digital collections. The position will work closely with the Digital Collections Librarian, Head of Archives and Special Collections and other Libraries’ faculty and staff to develop policies and workflows for digital collections. The position will collaborate with the Head of Metadata Services to implement workflows and practices for managing digital collections.
The successful candidate will work with faculty and staff within IT, Resource Services and Research to develop a systems architecture for managing heterogeneous metadata, including MARC and non-MARC formats, and to develop production workflows for managing metadata for the Purdue University Libraries and Press. The position will report to the Associate Dean for Digital Programs and Information Access
Requirements: Master’s degree in Library/Information Science (ALA accredited or equivalent). Experience working with standard metadata formats from the library, digital library and publishing communities (e.g., MARC, EAD, METS, MODS, PREMIS, ONIX). Experience selecting and applying controlled vocabularies and ontologies to digital library projects. Familiarity with data interchange standards (e.g., OAI-PMH, SRW/U). Excellent communication skills and the ability to interact effectively with faculty, staff and students. Ability to work independently and as a team member in a dynamic environment and on a variety of simultaneous projects. Strong analytical skills. Evidence of successful participation in partnerships or collaborations. Demonstrated understanding of information seeking and use behaviors, particularly in digital environments. Evidence of scholarly research. Ability to achieve promotion and tenure.
Desired: Experience collaborating with faculty and staff external to libraries on digital projects. Demonstrated success with grant-writing. Familiarity with current issues and trends in library technology. Experience collaborating on the application of metadata in cyberinfrastructure, research, and laboratory environments. 3 years of academic library experience. Experience with developing standards and recommendations in archival curation and related metadata management, including linked data (e.g., SKOS, OWL, DC Application Profiles, VIAF, ORCID).
Appointment: Depending upon qualifications, appointment will be at the assistant, associate, or full professor rank. The full job announcement can be seen at: http://www.lib.purdue.edu/admin/hr/career_opportunities/Metadata_Specialist.pdf
Application process: To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information of at least three references via email to Carla Greene, Libraries Human Resources Assistant at email@example.com. Please place “Metadata Specialist” in the subject line of all emails. Nominations for the position will be accepted and should be sent to the same email address. Review of applications will begin on March 2, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to Julie Musick Hillgrove at 765-494-2903 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The letter should include a description of the candidate’s vision for establishing a campus wide metadata service. A background check will be required for this position.
Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.
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