Systems and Metadata Librarian at Montana State Library

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Created: February 24, 2015


The Montana State Library seeks applications for a Systems and Metadata Librarian with the energy and initiative to provide leadership and effective management for the discovery of the library's print, electronic, and data collections. Working in a team environment, the successful candidate will be responsible for leading library-wide efforts to optimize technologies for information access and discovery. Candidate must be flexible, innovative, and willing to learn.

Applications must be received by March 10, 2015 to be considered for the first round of screenings. If a suitable candidate is found in that screening, no further consideration will be made of applications received after that date. Please include a cover letter with your application.

Please note that MSL is not able to sponsor a visa at this time so all candidates must be eligible to work in the United States on a permanent basis when they apply. Duties: This position is responsible for providing library systems analysis, cataloging and metadata analysis, and user support. Some of the specific duties are as follows: • Conduct business process analyses and feasibility studies to determine effective, cost-efficient methods to automate library processes and to enhance system applications. • Review application development objectives; meet with users; participate in library process reviews; determine system requirements for development, and assess and advise management on cost, staff time, and available resources to ensure that system development, enhancement and modification proposals are feasible. • Research, recommend, and implement with library IT staff new digital library services through an iterative process based on performance, usability, and sustainability. • Serve as the primary resource person for the Montana State Library in cataloging, metadata, and indexing standards and best practices for all library resources. • Maintain the integrity of the state library online catalog. • Adopt or establish name, subject and geographic name authorities; create call numbers, subject headings, standardized thesauri, and controlled vocabularies. • Serve as LIS lead for web content management, disaster recovery, and usability testing. Maintain appropriate web development documentation. • With MSL IT and Statewide Library Resources staff, provide internal support for all library computer applications including: software, databases, networks, and content management systems that are part of library services and other web applications used by library staff and users. • Develop user documentation to provide accurate and complete information and procedures for user training and other system specifications. Translate IT terms for users. Develop and implement on-line help tools. Competencies: Areas of required knowledge, skill or experience include professional library principles, practices, and materials, cataloging/metadata using MARC, Dublin Core, RDA, creating call numbers and authority records, proxy and authentication services, systems analysis, design, and testing, excellent oral and written communication skills, ability to work individually and collaboratively, and commitment to user-focused services.

Areas of preferred knowledge, skill or experience include government information issues associated with preservation and access, best practices for digitization and electronic resource acquisition and management, integrated library systems, HTML, XML, XSLT, CSS, JavaScript, Python, APIs, scripting languages, Windows Server, and relational database systems, e.g. Oracle/SQL Server.

Education/Experience: A bachelor's degree AND 3 to 4 years of job related work experience is required. A Master's degree in Library Information Science or an equivalent field will receive preference. Applicant Pool Statement: If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection. Training Assignment: This agency may use a training assignment. Employees in training assignments may be paid below the base pay established by the agency pay rules. Conditions of the training assignment will be stated in writing at the time of hire. Salary: $ 36,389 - 45,486 Yearly Benefits Package Eligibility: Health Insurance, Paid Leave & Holidays, Retirement Plan Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time Primary Location: Helena Contact Name: Marlys Stark | Contact Email: | Contact Phone: 406-444-3384 The State of Montana has a decentralized human resources system and each agency is responsible for its own recruitment and selection process. An employee or applicant who needs a reasonable accommodation during the application or hiring process should contact the state agency human resources staff identified on the job listing as soon as possible or use the relay service by dialing 711. Montana Job Service Offices also offer support services including assisting applicants with submitting online applications.


Published: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 02:44 UTC

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