Assistant/Associate Librarian for Metadata

Lawrence, KS
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Created: January 7, 2014


Assistant/Associate Librarian for Metadata

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Position Overview

The University of Kansas Libraries seeks a knowledgeable, enthusiastic and innovative individual with the ability to articulate and promote a vision for resource access and discovery in the evolving world of library collections, diverse digital assets, extensive metadata schemas and the semantic web.   This position will 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.

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 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 metadata and cataloging 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.

Job Description

80%  Professional Responsibilities
  • Develops, evaluates, and implements metadata policies, goals and procedures, working in a collaborative, team-based environment.
  • Provides expertise and management relating to metadata production for description, discovery, access, administration and preservation of digital objects produced, acquired or held by the Library.
  • Develops metadata crosswalks to support conversion of existing data into standard metadata formats.
  • Creates, reviews, and edits metadata for digital collections.
  • 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. 
  • Works to expand staff awareness and experience in the application of established and emerging metadata standards and formats, developing training materials and providing instruction and documentation.
  • Collaborates with internal and external partners in the selection, design, and adaptation of metadata schema, controlled vocabularies, and data dictionaries.
  • Collaborates with local, national, and international partners on research to advance the effective use of metadata in 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% Service
Engages 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.
  • Demonstrated experience working with standard metadata formats (e.g., MARC, EAD, TEI, VRA Core, METS, MODS, PREMIS, etc.) as evidenced by the application materials.
  • 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.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of and interest in current issues, trends, and emerging standards in cataloging and metadata.
  • Demonstrated initiative in investigating new ideas and implementing change.
  • Excellent oral communication skills and the ability to collaborate effectively with diverse constituents.
  • Familiarity with XML, XSLT, and tools for transforming metadata.
  • Experience crosswalking metadata between standard formats .
  • Excellent organizational skills with aptitude for complex, analytical and detailed work.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member in a dynamic environment and on a variety of simultaneous projects.
  • Knowledge of the use of cataloging principles, and an understanding of controlled vocabularies, taxonomies, and ontologies.
  • Ability to provide effective individual and group training.
  • Engagement in national/international standards and professional organizations related to metadata.
  • Experience using DSpace or other digital library or repository systems.

Advertised Salary Range:              Commensurate with experience
Posting Information                        Application Deadline Date:  February 10, 2014

Special Search Requirements:  Applicants should attach a cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information for three professional references to this online application.

Contact Information for Applicants
Leah Nelson

The University encourages applications from underrepresented group members. The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office Institutional Opportunity and Access,, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, (785) 864-6414, 711 TTY.

The University of Kansas – Lawrence, University of Kansas Medical Center, the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita and its affiliated locations are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers.

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Published: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 22:44 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:44 UTC