Metadata Analyst - UC Berkeley Library

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Created: September 30, 2015


Metadata Analyst #20535
Job ID: 20535
Location: Main Campus-Berkeley
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department: Library Administration
Application Review Date: The First Review Date for this job is October 1, 2015.
About Berkeley

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Departmental Overview

In addition to maintaining the metadata within the Library’s catalog OskiCat, Catalog & Metadata Services is responsible for the cataloging and physical treatment of all new monographs and serials in all formats and languages (except Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) for the UC Berkeley Main and subject specialty libraries. The Department works closely with Library Applications & Publishing to load vendor records, on projects to improve catalog quality, and to identify and create non-MARC metadata for digital library projects. The Library Applications & Publishing Group (LAP) provides technical support for Library, including developing, purchasing and/or supporting all types of hardware platforms and software applications. LAP has primary responsibility for supporting and building UC Berkeley Library’s Integrated Library System (ILS), Digital Library, and web presence.


Reporting to the Metadata Management Unit within the Library's Catalog & Metadata Services Department (C&MS), this position works with a workleader in the Library Applications and Publishing (LAP) unit within the Library Systems Office (LSO). The Metadata Analyst position serves as an important bridge between the two Library units. The Metadata Analyst provides metadata analysis, ingest, and management services within the Catalog & Metadata Services Department and Library Applications & Publishing. Resolves structural and content errors, omissions, and ambiguities that may result in problems that affect access to library research resources and broad aspects of user comprehension. Engages in post-ingest metadata cleanup services and projects as needed. Within the Metadata Management Unit, collaborates with others to ensure the creation and management of quality metadata across Library information databases and systems. Liaises with Library staff within and beyond C&MS and LAP to identify and plan metadata service projects. This may include advising Library units on metadata issues and workflows, participating in workflow analysis and optimization, and identifying and advising project or unit leaders on best practices. Works in partnership with Library research resource vendors on issues of metadata availability, delivery, and content.

Required Qualifications

Experience with a variety of metadata standards and applications, especially MARC and RDA.
Knowledge of OCLC and integrated library systems, preferably Millennium.
Basic understanding of the MARC formats and standards for both bibliographic and authority data, including specific fields and their function.
Requires knowledge of data management systems, practices and standards.
Must have knowledge relating to logical data design, data warehouse design, data integration or the management of web content or other unstructured data.
Must be able to prepare simple data models under guidance of more senior professionals.
Must be familiar with important types of data models, such as logical/relational models, dimensional models and document models.
Strong analytical and design skills, including the ability to abstract information requirements from real-world processes to understand information flows in computer systems.
Critical thinking skills and attention to detail.
Good interviewing and listening skills.
Written and oral communication skills. Must be able to communicate technical information in a clear and concise manner with both technical and non-technical staff.
Requires basic knowledge of data management operations, including data definition, data modeling, data analysis, data base administration & support, data conversion and management of content or unstructured information.
Excellent analytical and problem solving skills together with attention to detail for complex, possibly repetitive, detail-oriented work.
Demonstrated project management skills, understanding of project management approaches and tools. Must be able to clearly define project scope, phases, and schedule, and be able to manage resources and schedules.
Demonstrated ability to use or proven ability to learn basic and advanced tools such as XSLT or scripting, to transform or remediate metadata.
Ability to participate in multiple concurrent projects in a given timeframe, monitor project workflow, provide regular reports or updates as necessary, and meet project deadlines.
Must be self-motivated and be able to work independently or as part of a team.
Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated ability to write technical specifications.
Advanced knowledge of national cataloging standards and tools, especially: OCLC, Anglo American Cataloging Rules, RDA, Library of Congress classification and subject headings.
Detailed understanding of MARC formats and standards for both bibliographic and authority data, including specific fields and their function.
Salary & Benefits

The hourly salary is $25.14 - $31.13
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How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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