Data Specialist

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Created: November 2, 2015


  • Responsible for database maintenance, configuration, batch processes and trouble-shooting activities.
  • Serves as the technical point person for OCLC, Innovative and other metadata and systems vendors.
  • Assists in the improvement of discovery services on the library website. Prepares staff members for adoption of Bibframe and other linked data initiatives.
  • Performs record overlays, batch record migrations, writes data transformation programs, assists with updates from Virtua to OCLC to maintain accuracy of databases.
  • Generates reports. Serve as technical point person in the library’s relationships with ILS, DAMS and metadata vendors.  This includes maintaining a running list of enhancements and bug fixes for these systems.
  • Coordinates with ITD staff working to improve the library’s discovery layer. Coordinate with Metadata Services staff to create VRA, MARC, Dublin Core and EAD records for archival materials (maps, photographs, manuscripts, musical scores, etc.
  • Must maintain up-to-date expertise in the rapidly changing information field, taking a lead on behalf of the library to bring new developments and standards into the library’s practices.
  • Trains staff on new technologies and best practices around the adoption of Bibframe and other linked data projects.
  • Performs other duties as required.

ALA accredited MLS/MLIS degree and eligibility for a New York State Public Librarian’s Certificate required. Experience with cataloging and database management required.  Fluency with metadata schemas and crosswalk creation for library and archival materials required.  Previous experience with MARC and VRA formats, Microsoft Office Suite, MARC Edit, oXygen XML Editor, Perl, and fluency with ILS and DAMS with Virtua and Vital preferred. NACO and BIBCO experience and familiarity with XML preferred. Able to perform independently, be self-motivated, and juggle multiple tasks with a positive attitude. Attention to detail and accuracy. Ability to work well as a team member. Willingness to adapt to new technologies and processes. Attention to detail and accuracy. Knowledge of Bibframe, the Digital Public Library of America initiative, website development (PHP and other programming languages), and linked data.  Fluency in one of the international languages spoken in Queens preferred.

Queens Library is a national and international leader in the delivery of public library service. Innovation and leadership are the hallmarks of Queens Library. Our mission is to meet the needs of the community by offering lifelong learning opportunities and ensuring there is a positive impact in the community. Queens Library fulfills its goals by embracing innovation and change. With a history of offering pioneering programs that meet the diverse needs of the most diverse county in the US, Queens Library is a place where innovation and leaders are welcomed.   Queens Library is a private non-profit corporation located in Queens, New York and includes 65 service locations with 1,700 employees.

Queens Library is the proud recipient of the following awards: 2009 Library Journal, Library of the Year, 2014 ALA/Information Today, Library of the Future, 2013 ULC Top Innovators, 2013 American-Architect’s Building of the Year (Queens Library at Glen Oaks).

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