Metadata & Discovery Librarian

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Created: July 30, 2012


The Wayne State University Library System seeks an energetic, service-oriented and self-directed individual to serve as Discovery/Metadata Librarian on our talented team of professionals. If your skills match those we've listed and you have a passion for innovative resources and services we encourage you to apply.

Essential Job Functions:

● Manage and contribute cataloging and metadata for archival, digital, and cataloging projects.
● Assist in the management of discovery resources, including the library articles & databases list, EZProxy, electronic resource management records, and the EDS discovery layer.
● Collaborate with members of various library units to describe digital objects and create metadata formats appropriate to the delivery platforms, which may include the Millennium ILS, DLXS image server, Luna imaging system, and other systems as required.
● Manage and develop standards for WSU digital collections metadata and cataloging practices.
● Manage cataloging and technical services documentation, and promote knowledge transfer and training for the cataloging and technical services teams.
● Provide support for the library institutional repository and depositing faculty content.
● Create Encoded Archival Description (EAD) finding aids and associated style sheets (XSLT) for WSU archival collections.
● Participate in library teams and special projects related to cataloging, digital projects, and bibliographic control.
● Maintain knowledge of and participate in national and international developments in metadata standards, cataloging, bibliographic and authority control, and tools and techniques for creating, managing, and delivering metadata.
● Participate in conferences and contribute to the profession through presentations, poster sessions, teaching and if desired, publications.

● Masters degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited library school
● Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
● Strong communication and interpersonal skills, and ability to work well as part of a team.
● Ability to think critically in analyzing problems and developing resourceful solutions.
● Evidence of progressively responsible experience in metadata processing, cataloging and database management in a University setting.
● Experience with XML editors, XSLT transformations, and metadata creation software such as Archivists Toolkit desired.
● Working knowledge of OCLC and WorldCat, and professional understanding and knowledge of cataloging procedures and principles including: MARC exchange format, AACR2, LCSH, LC Classification, MARC21.
● Experience with authority work, and both original and copy cataloging.
● Experience with non-marc metadata schemas, standards, and best-practices including EAD, TEI, Dublin Core, VRA Core, MODS/METS, ONIX, OAI-PMH.
● Knowledge of the emerging RDA and FRBR standards.

Preferred Qualifications:
● Strong skills in data manipulation and associated applications and technologies such as MarcEDIT, regular expressions, UNIX based text processing, etc.
● Reading knowledge of one or more non-English languages.
● Experience with the Millennium ILS Cataloging and ERM modules.
● Experience with basic web development and programming languages.
● Experience with EZProxy and the EDS discovery layer.

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Paul Gallagher



Published: Monday, July 30, 2012 18:45 UTC

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