Head of Metadata Services

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Created: June 4, 2014


Head of Metadata Services (Re-Posted)
The Ohio University Libraries seeks applications and nominations for an innovative and collaborative professional to provide leadership and direction as Head of Metadata Services.   The successful candidate will bring expertise into a rapidly changing cataloging environment with the vision of the Libraries as being a “dynamic gateway for the discovery, creation and exchange of knowledge, which enables students, faculty and staff to realize their promise and to achieve excellence.”

Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Collections & Digital Initiatives, the Head of Metadata Services directs the assignments of seven staff responsible for cataloging at all levels, in all formats, and for all collections and promotes a collaborative and healthy work environment. The department head closely evaluates cataloging standards and other methods of access control and develops internal policies and procedures to optimize access to information.  This position regularly collaborates with other departments to identify ways in which the skills of the Metadata Services staff can be used to improve resource discoverability.  The successful candidate will work closely with Digital Initiatives staff to plan, implement, and support projects that advance the creation and integration of digital library services and digital collections. 
Specifically, the Head of Metadata Services:
• Manages the daily activities of the department and participates in metadata creation.
• Leads staff in setting and achieving departmental goals and objectives in line with the Libraries’ strategic priorities.
• Provides coaching, mentoring, and technical expertise to library staff within and outside of department.
• Identifies trends, new protocols, best practices and processes requiring improvement to ensure the department is meeting the needs of the users.
• Works closely with other department heads and library administration to ensure effective, efficient and user-oriented services across the libraries.
• Coordinates activities with statewide library organizations and participates in statewide cataloging initiatives.
• Engages in regular professional development through research, publications, presentations and participation in regional and national associations as part of the continuing commitment to bring best practices and innovative services to Ohio University students and faculty.

Required Qualifications
• A Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited institution.
• Minimum three years of progressively responsible experience in metadata/cataloging in a library setting.
• Thorough knowledge of AACR2, RDA, MARC, LCC, LCSH.
• Basic knowledge non-MARC metatdata standards.
• Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills with a commitment to data-informed decision making processes.
• Experience leading teams and fostering collaborative relationships.

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience planning and creating digital collections.
• Experience using CONTENTdm, WordPress, and/or Omeka.
• Experience contributing records through one or more of the PCC programs
• Successful supervisory experience.

Ohio University Libraries takes pride in providing outstanding service to all its clientele.  University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, and a founding member of OhioLINK. The Libraries’ facilities include the Vernon R. Alden Library, the Music/Dance Library and the Southeast Ohio Regional Library Depository.

With over 3,300,000 volumes, 1,000,000+ e-books and 55,000 e-journals, OHIO has one of the largest academic libraries in North America.  During the 2012/2013 academic year, the Libraries received nearly 2,000,000 visits, 5,000,000+ database and catalog searches, and close to 12,000 virtual reference transactions.

The collections of the Ohio University Libraries currently include approximately 2.25 million print volumes and 750,000 digital volumes, with notable strength in Southeast Asian and African materials, fine arts, and special collections related to contemporary history and journalism.  Digitized collections include those of Senator George V. Voinovich; pioneer newspaper entrepreneur E.W. Scripps; King Chulalongkorn of Siam travel diaries; Ceremonial Artifacts Collection of the Yao culture of North Vietnam; and University Archives including yearbooks and videos.  More information about the Libraries unique collections can be viewed at http://media.library.ohiou.edu/. 

Ohio University is a comprehensive, state-assisted institution that is classified, by the Carnegie Foundation as a Research Universities (high research activity) institution. Ohio University, located in the scenic foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, shares the City of Athens, a culturally-rich sustainable community 75 miles southeast of Columbus and 156 miles east of Cincinnati. There are close to 22,000 students enrolled on the Athens campus (27,400 including eLearning), more than 10,000 students on the five regional campuses for a total enrollment of 37,452, with 282 majors offered. The University offers a diverse, dynamic and collegial atmosphere to all its students, faculty and staff.

Salary & Benefits
Salary is commensurate with experience and education. Ohio University employees enjoy a liberal benefits package including 22 days annual vacation, generous insurance, and a State of Ohio employee retirement or an alternative retirement package.

Review of applications will begin immediately; however, applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is identified. For full consideration, please apply by June 19, 2014.  Position is available immediately.

Please apply online at http://www.ohiouniversityjobs.com/postings/10112.

Ohio University is committed to the diversity of faculty, staff and students. Applicants who will enrich the diversity of OHIO’s campus are especially encouraged to apply.

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Published: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 17:57 UTC

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