Head of Data Management Services

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Created: December 10, 2014


The University of Chicago Library invites applications for the position of Head of Data Management Services.

Manages the section of the Technical Services Department responsible for integrating externally and locally-created metadata into the Kuali OLE library management system. Provides support for batch record assessment and loading, automated authorities processing, and iterative data enhancement. Hires, trains, coordinates and supervises the work of one clerical staff; directs some data management activities supported by other units in the Collection Services Division.

As the library community begins work to transition its data infrastructure from the present MARC environment to one that facilitates the management and use of library data as linked data (e.g. BIBFRAME, RDF, schema.org) the Head of Data Management Services will help lead the Library in its efforts to engage in local, regional and national initiatives to experiment with, test, and implement these new data applications. S/he is expected to be an innovator in the field of data and systems management; keep current on developments in metadata management; evaluate, and as appropriate, promote the use of innovative tools and services for ongoing enhancement of existing metadata (e.g. OCLC Metadata Manager; OpenRefine; MarcEdit); understand the Library's existing data within its historical contexts; employ data management strategies that facilitate collection management as well as optimize discover and access; effortlessly shift between micro and macro levels when evaluating the practices, principles, standards and strategies employed by the Library to provide access to collections. This position works closely with and advises the management team on matters pertaining to holdings, item, descriptive/bibliographic, and authority data, and coordinates special data enhancement projects with appropriate sections. Represents the department as appropriate on Library and external committees and work groups, including those related to the development of Kuali OLE.

Works closely with other Library managers to standardize activities affecting data integrity, to prioritize metadata activities, and to promote data management strategies based primarily on users' needs. May also provide guidance and support for Library-wide metadata initiatives.

Will be a key participant in efforts to ensure that metadata for digital collections are effectively integrated with traditional library collections across various discovery tools, and that the tools themselves are appropriately configured to make best use of available data.

Manages the day-to-day operations of the section.

Works with other managers to coordinate database maintenance, record enhancement, authority control, and cataloging activities. Works with the Integrated Library Systems department on issues of large-scale bibliographic and authority record loading, authorities processing, and maintenance. Provides evaluation, preprocessing, and load profile preparation

for bibliographic record sets to be added to the Kuali OLE database; monitors, resolves and responds to reports of database errors from public and staff users of the catalog.

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REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Graduate library degree; minimum 3 years experience managing descriptive and authority data; experience working with MARC records; familiarity with emerging library linked data standards and applications; flexibility and creativity in adapting to rapidly changing data management environments; ability to achieve and maintain a reasonable and consistent production level that meets Library expectations; ability to meet local and national standards for quality; excellent analytical and oral and written communication skills, including the ability to construct clear documentation; ability to perform complex problem solving and decision-making.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Supervisory experience; previous experience in an academic/research library; experience working with library metadata content standards, RDA, AACR2, and non-MARC metadata standards; proficiency in XML; systems migration experience; experience implementing discovery tools; formal project management training.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Appointment salary based on qualifications and experience. Benefits include retirement plan, insurance, and paid time off. There is a tuition benefit plan for college age and younger children.

Apply here at: https://academiccareers.uchicago.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=53760

Please submit a cover letter, CV and reference contact information through the above site by January 7, 2014. Review of applications will begin upon receipt and continue until the position is filled.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status or status as an individual with disability.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / Disabled / Veterans Employer.

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