Digital Materials Metadata Assistant

Los Angeles
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Created: March 9, 2015


CSUN is strongly committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, active learning and diversity. Our values include a respect for all people, building alliances with the community and the encouragement of innovation, experimentation and creativity. CSUN actively encourages qualified candidates to apply who demonstrate a commitment to serving a diverse student population as well as a commitment to maintaining an inclusive work environment.

About the University
Serving more than 38,000 students each year, CSUN is one of the largest universities in the United States. CSUN ranks 10th in the country in awarding bachelor's degrees to underrepresented minority students, fifth nationally in awarding master's degrees to Hispanic students and enrolls the largest number of deaf and hard-of-hearing students of any U.S. state university. CSUN's 171 academic programs and engaged centers enjoy international recognition for excellence. CSUN currently partners with more than 100 institutions of higher education in 22 countries around the globe and attracts the largest international student population of any U.S. master's level institution. Situated on a 356-acre park-like setting in the heart of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley, the campus features modern educational buildings and world-class LEED Gold-certified performing arts and recreational facilities recognized as among the best in the country. CSUN is a welcoming university that champions accessibility, academic excellence and student success.

Major Duties
Under general supervision, the Digital Materials Metadata Assistant analyzes digitized and digital materials and enters metadata according to best practices using digital asset management systems. The incumbent adds and/or edits existing metadata across multiple collections; updates records within various content management databases, including CONTENTdm and Archon, to connect digitized resources with associated physical collections; encodes finding aids in Encoded Archival Description (EAD) and submits EAD-encoded finding aids to the Online Archive of California (OAC); oversees the work of student employees assigned to metadata tasks as needed; assists in entering metadata according to best practices using the campus digital repository platform ScholarWorks; and works with CSUN Institutional Repository personnel to ensure metadata adheres to local cataloging needs; assists with adaptive cataloging of library materials on Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) and the Library's catalog system using standards; edits Machine Readable Cataloging (MARC) records on OCLC and/or Library's catalog system using standard bibliographic reference tools; creates disc images, runs integrity checks and redactions, and exports accessions reports for archival processing staff by using digital forensics hardware and software for the acquisition of born-digital archives; works on special projects and performs other duties as assigned.

Four years Library Assistant experience with GED or equivalent OR three years Library Assistant experience with two years of college OR two years Library Assistant experience with a Bachelor's Degree in job related field required. Experience using CONTENTdm or similar system and web interfaces required. Knowledge of VRA, METS, MODS, PREMIS schemata and XML preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Thorough knowledge of and ability to interpret overall library policies and procedures and an in-depth knowledge of library operations, policies and procedures pertaining to assigned functional area, including a solid understanding of individual work functions and the ability to adapt work procedures. Working knowledge of library collection and its organization, as well as classification schemes. Demonstrated expertise in creating and correcting bibliographic records. Thorough knowledge of external on-line databases, system and resources, including the ability to perform complex on-line searches. Thorough knowledge of institution's and library's policies and practices associated with the ethical use of and access to library and on-line resources. Working knowledge of national standards pertaining to library operations, including a thorough knowledge of institutional standards pertaining to copyright and intellectual property protection and the ability to interpret and apply them, as well as explain them to patrons, to ensure compliance. Demonstrated expertise in using library automated system(s), especially subsystem(s) pertaining to the functional area, including database maintenance. Ability to investigate and research more complex problems, including analyzing and interpreting information. Ability and specialized skills to: analyze resources and apply standards and best practices used in the description and maintenance of digital materials; experience with the creation of metadata using the Dublin Core schema; experience with EAD; familiarity with MARC21 format and with controlled vocabularies and name authorities such as the LCSH, TGM, and AAT; experience using CONTENTdm or similar system and web interfaces; work independently and with attention to detail; work as part of a team within complex workflow, and contribute to a positive and productive environment. Candidate must possess good oral and written communication skills.

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