Metadata & Cataloging Librarian

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Created: November 12, 2014


The University Library, at Iowa State University, is currently seeking qualified candidates for a Metadata & Cataloging Librarian I or II with a metadata focus. Reporting to the Head, Metadata and Cataloging Department, this position supports the creation, extraction, editing and quality control of metadata by the department. Under the oversight of the metadata management librarian, the position works collaboratively with colleagues to implement local metadata schema and develops crosswalks and metadata application profiles to promote access to the library’s digitized and born-digital materials. This position also prepares original bibliographic records and enhances complex member copy records in assigned subjects and formats according to national bibliographic standards and local practice, using the MARC format, AACR2/RDA, and Library of Congress classification and subject headings. The position works with library teams needing guidance related to metadata and complex cataloging issues and scholarly publishing models in the local digital repository.

The Librarian I may serve as a member of a project team by providing metadata expertise while the Librarian II will lead and handle more complex projects with the expectation of handling these projects with greater autonomy and with substantial ingenuity. As a Librarian II, also provides leadership in the development of policies and documentation of procedures related to monographs cataloging in certain selected areas.

The successful candidate will possess the ability to interact effectively with library staff and the university community; work both independently and collaboratively in a rapidly changing team-based environment; and communicates effectively (written and oral) to collaborate with diverse constituencies. The successful candidate will possess outstanding organizational, analytical, decision-making, problem-solving and planning skills. The Librarian I will need to develop and the Librarian II demonstrates an ability to explain technical concepts to non-expert audiences and train staff in new workflows. The successful candidate will also demonstrate self-motivation to keep informed of developments in the broader community of practice; and to (independently, if Librarian II) maintain and develop new skill sets as the field of practice and the library evolve. Finally, the successful candidate will develop a record of institutional service and an external reputation through external professional practice service and/or published scholarship in areas related to professional responsibilities.

Required Education and Experience
Master’s Degree and related experience.

Supplemental Required Education and Experience
Librarian I required qualifications: Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program or an advanced degree supporting a specialized key program function.

Librarian II required qualifications: Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program or an advanced degree supporting a specialized key program function and three years of professional library experience; and experience that demonstrates the ability to carry out advanced operational and/or supervisory/managerial duties.

Preferred Education and Experience
• Experience with or education in MARC and non-MARC metadata standards used in digital libraries and archives, such as Dublin Core, EAD, DACS, preservation metadata, metadata for data sets, and/or metadata related to curation and preservation of electronic records.
• Experience with or education in emerging RDA and FRBR/BIBFRAME conceptual models.
• Experience with or education in HTML, XML, XSLT, Microsoft Excel, MarcEdit,and other tools used in the creation, extraction, quality control, and transformation of metadata.
• Experience with digital content management systems, such as CONTENTdm or Digital Commons.
• Experience in designing and documenting workflows and/or managing projects.
• Experience with or education in using various controlled vocabularies and constructing and maintaining local ontologies and vocabularies.
• Experience or education in crosswalking metadata schema and designing metadata mappings.
• Experience writing and editing technical documentation and training materials related to metadata work.

Note: Librarians at ISU are academic rank, non-tenure-track positions.

Guaranteed Consideration Date: 12/10/2014

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Director of Equal Opportunity, 3350 Beardshear Hall, (515) 294-7612.


Published: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 15:55 UTC

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