Metadata Librarian and Coordinator of Monographic Acquisitions

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Created: May 6, 2016


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Metadata Librarian and Coordinator of Monographic Acquisitions Auburn is one of the nation's premier land, sea, and space grant institutions. In U.S. News and World Report, it has been ranked in the top 50 public universities for the last 23 consecutive years. The institution is both highly research-active and committed to maintaining teaching excellence, offering bachelor, master, educational specialist and doctoral degrees. Its fall of 2015 enrollment of 27,287 students includes 21,786 undergraduates and 4,398 graduate students, and 1,103 professional-doctoral students. There are 1216 full time instructional faculty members distributed across nine colleges and three schools with degrees offered in 200 academic programs. Auburn University is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, positive work environment, exciting student life, and the beauty of its campus. It is geographically located in a moderate climate with easy access to both beach and mountain recreational facilities and is situated along the rapidly developing I-85 corridor between Atlanta, Georgia and Montgomery, Alabama. Summary of Position: Auburn University Libraries seeks a creative, enthusiastic and mission oriented individual to join a Technical Services Department that is evolving and aiming to support new initiatives and services such as research data management, metadata migration, and linked data. The successful candidate will serve as a Metadata Librarian and Coordinator of Monographic Acquisitions in a flexible, multi-tasking, and shared cataloging environment. In this role they will be responsible for overseeing receipt, physical processing, and adaptive cataloging of firm order and approval monographs. As a metadata librarian, this person will collaborate with two other metadata librarians to improve the Libraries information discovery systems via a blend of metadata cleanup and enhancement, authority control, and suggestions for discovery layer adjustments. The Metadata Librarian and Coordinator of Monographic Acquisitions is a 12-month tenure-track faculty librarian position reporting to the Head of Technical Services. This position will work collaboratively with the Electronic Resources Librarian, Systems Department, and other faculty, staff, and vendors during the course of fulfilling the duties of this position. The successful candidate will participate in professional and scholarly activity as well as serve on library and university committees. This tenure track position includes significant research, presentation and writing responsibilities to fulfill the tenure standards of Auburn University. Major Responsibilities will include:

* Coordinate, mentor, and supervise staff responsible for monographic print acquisitions of approval and firm orders; physical processing and repair of damaged or worn resources.

* Oversee monographic electronic resources ordering in coordination with the Electronic Resources Librarian.

* Perform original and adaptive cataloging as needed.

* Assist in efforts to enhance and optimize the VuFind Discovery Layer.

* Develop and maintain policies, procedures, and other types of documentation as needed and to build continuity and sustainability of operations.

* Maintain awareness and knowledge of current trends and practices in librarianship and especially with respect to metadata and standards, discovery, new acquisition models, and library management systems.

* Serve on Library, University, and professional committees. Minimum Qualifications are:

* Masters of Library Science or equivalent from an ALA accredited program

* Knowledge of cataloging practices (AACR2, RDA, MARC, LSCH, LCC, NACO, CONSER, etc.) and authority control.

* Knowledge of metadata practices and discovery systems.

* Ability to work independently and as part of a team with a flexible and adaptable attitude as well as a focus on customer service. Desired Qualifications:

* Two to five years of recent professional or high-level paraprofessional experience in academic library technical services especially in: cataloging, metadata, or acquisitions.

* Experience working with electronic resources tools such as OpenURL resolvers, proxy systems, MARCEdit, scripting tools, data loading.

* Ability to work with technical staff regarding batch loading, APIs, HTML, XML, SQL, script writing etc.

* Knowledge of a variety of metadata standards and trends (e.g. BIBFRAME, linked data, etc.).

* Familiarity and ease with Microsoft Excel and Access.

* Evidence of personal initiative and problem-solving skills.

* Evidence of leadership and management skills.

* Record of scholarly and professional activity. Salary/Benefits: Minimum salary $54,025 at the rank of Librarian II, higher with experience or appointment as a Librarian III. Rank will be commensurate with experience/qualifications. This is a twelve month tenure-track position. Benefits include 20 days vacation leave/12 days sick leave per year; participation in State Teachers' Retirement System (mandatory); other additional voluntary retirement plans available; health/dental/life/disability insurance.

Application: Application review process begins June 1, 2016 and will continue until a qualified candidate is selected and recommended for appointment. Complete applications must include letter of interest, resume or curriculum vitae, and the names of three current, professional references (please include mailing addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers). The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.

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"Auburn University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law."


Nadine P. Ellero, MLS Head of Technical Services Auburn University Ralph Brown Draughon Library 231 Mell Street Auburn, AL 36849-5606<> 334.844.1726


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