Archives & Special Collections Metadata Librarian

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Created: May 28, 2015


The University of Minnesota Libraries seeks an energetic, innovative, service-oriented and collaborative professional to serve as Archives and Special Collections Metadata Librarian.  The ideal candidate provides intellectual access for materials held in the various units of the Archives and Special Collections Department and in digital repositories, by performing original and complex copy cataloging using descriptive standards such as Resource Description and Access (RDA), Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (DCRM), and Describing Archives: a Content Standard (DACS), and utilizing a variety of encoding standards such as MARC, Dublin Core, MODS and Encoded Archival Description (EAD).   Metadata librarians work with the Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services in coordinating metadata projects, training and mentoring support staff within the unit, and writing documentation.  The position may also assist with high priority original cataloging for the general collections, particularly serial materials, as needed.  The librarian will also contribute to the profession through research, publication, and professional engagement, as he or she works toward continuous appointment status.  This position reports to the Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services in the Data Management & Access Department.

This is a full time, 12-month, continuous track, academic professional position with probationary appointment at the Assistant Librarian level. The Libraries offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience, excellent benefits, and a substantial moving allowance

Required Qualifications
  • American Library Association accredited Master’s degree in Library/Information Science or equivalent combination of advanced degree and relevant experience.
  • One to three years original cataloging experience, applying current standards and systems including AACR2, RDA, Library of Congress Classification, Library of Congress Subject Headings, and OCLC Connexion and library management and discovery systems.
  • Experience with principles of authority control, including selecting and applying controlled vocabularies and ontologies.
  • Bibliographic knowledge of one or more foreign languages.
  • Excellent oral and written communication, presentation, interpersonal skills, and ability to work effectively both independently and in cooperation with colleagues in a service-oriented, collaborative environment.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Original cataloging experience with special collections and archives materials, utilizing relevant descriptive and encoding standards such as  DCRM, DACS, RBMS Thesauri, and EAD.
  • \Experience cataloging serials or other non-book formats and/or experience creating metadata for digital objects.
  • Awareness/familiarity with existing and emerging metadata standards and schemes, such as RDF, XML, Dublin Core, linked data, and BIBFRAME.
  • Experience or training in cataloging for the BIBCO or NACO programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and lead projects and manage workflows.
  • Experience in the design and integration of new technologies into cataloging & metadata services.
  • Evidence of ability to contribute to librarianship, research, and service and the capacity for leadership within the profession.
  • Reading knowledge of one or more of the following languages or language groups: Slavic, Eastern European, Arabic, Hebrew, South Asian.

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