Database and Metadata Management Coordinator

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Created: September 15, 2014


Rice University is seeking a creative, dynamic, service-oriented Database & Metadata Management Coordinator. The successful candidate will provide leadership in performing and managing bibliographic data quality control, database maintenance and problem resolution. The position reports to the Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services in Technical Services.

*Responsibilities*:Coordinates authority control of both MARC and non-MARC metadata to ensure that they meet local and national standards. Develops new and effective approaches to quality control, consulting with various stakeholders as appropriate. Serves as a liaison to authority and database enrichment vendors and manages the loading and quality control for vendor-supplied data. Collaborates with other staff to provide leadership in transitioning the department to a post-MARC communication format as we continue to contribute metadata to the local institutional repository and proactively explore linked data, the semantic Web and BIBFRAME. Assists in and/or manages special projects undertaken by the Department as assigned by the Department Head. Participates in departmental and library-wide committees and work groups established to further various aspects of the Fondren Library mission. May lead project teams. Assists in other cataloging activities as needed.

*Required Qualifications:*

-ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library Science

-two years of successful related experience in quality & authority control of MARC and non-MARC metadata

-some successful project management experience, preferably in an academic library.

-Excellent oral and written communication skills. -Project management skills. -Proven ability to solve problems. -Leadership and training skills and an ability to reach consensus with diverse constituencies. -Ability to recommend solutions in areas not under direct supervision. -Flexibility in performing different tasks as library needs change. -Commitment to enhancing services through teamwork. -Ability to prioritize work to ensure that departmental and library goals are realized. -Demonstrated commitment to staff development and continuing education. -Ability to work without close supervision. -Thorough knowledge of MARC and non-MARC metadata standards and practices (e.g. Dublin Core, EAD, MODS, METS, etc.).

-Knowledge of emerging trends and practices with linked data, semantic web applications, BIBFRAME, and authority/identifier initiatives (e.g. VIAF, ORCID, ISNI).

-Experience with vendor authority control processes, preferably Marcive authorities processing.

-Experience with loading large vendor record sets.

-Knowledge of database maintenance practices, including experience using global changes to clean up data.

-Experience creating and manipulating data sets; experience with metadata crosswalks.

-Knowledge of the new cataloging standard, Resource Description and Access (RDA).

-Knowledge of OCLC.

-Knowledge of integrated library systems, preferably Sirsi.

-High level of proficiency using MarcEdit. -Knowledge of institutional repositories platforms, preferably DSpace.

*Preferred qualifications**:*Experience with XML, XSLT, and/or other tools or macros for large-scale editing/transforming of metadata; experience with developing macros and/or scripts to enhance productivity

*Salary & benefits*:$52,000 minimum, with hiring salary commensurate with experience and qualifications; no state or local income tax; 21 benefit days; 8 study days; a range of retirement options including TIAA/CREF; health and life insurance; and tuition waiver.

*Environment*: Rice University provides a stimulating work environment, with opportunities to participate in the delivery of innovative library services supported by leading edge technologies. Fondren Library ( is a research library with more than 2.8 million volumes and more than 141,000 subscriptions, including titles available through aggregators. The Library has a state-of-the-art off-site shelving facility. An active program of digital resource delivery and development is grounded in successful collaboration among library and University staff from Digital Scholarship Services, other library departments and University information technology staff.

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Applications received by October 10, 2014 will receive first consideration. Please apply with cover letter, résumé, and the names, titles, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references at: Inquiries: Melinda Reagor Flannery at (713) 348-3773 or Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer -- Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

-- Melinda Reagor Flannery Assistant University Librarian for Technical Services Rice University Fondren Library-MS44 P.O. Box 1892 Houston, TX 77251-1892 713.348.3773 713.348.5862 (fax)

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