Position announcement: Metadata Librarian at Michigan State University Libraries

East Lansing
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Created: June 7, 2016


Position Metadata Librarian, Librarian I

Salary $52,000

Position Summary Reporting to the Metadata Coordinator, this creative librarian will generate metadata for past and future digital projects covering a variety of media types. The librarian shall work collaboratively with staff across the Library, the University and beyond on services and projects that depend upon metadata for success. Utilizing standards and best practices the librarian will establish efficient workflows for data creation and maintenance, including descriptive, technical and administrative metadata. Emphasis will be placed on activities that facilitate user discovery, access and the long-term stewardship of Library collections. This librarian will participate approximately quarter-time in a secondary assignment based on qualifications, interests and need; may include work in areas such as cataloging, catalog services, reference, or collection development. Librarians are appointed as regular faculty in the continuing appointment system and are engaged in professional development and scholarly activities related to their position in addition to serving on library and university committees as elected or assigned.

Michigan State University Libraries serve more the 4,900 faculty, 36,000 undergraduates, and 11,000 graduate and professional students on a park-like campus of over 5,000 acres. The Main Library and 4 branch libraries have combined holdings of over 5 million volumes. East Lansing is a community of 50,000 located adjacent to Lansing, the State capital.

Minimum Qualifications Master's degree in information or library science from a program accredited by the American Library Association; Broad understanding of emerging trends in non-MARC metadata formats, standards and schema; Demonstrated experience with XML; Understanding of MARC 21 standard; Familiarity with linked data concepts and practices; Facility with selecting and applying controlled vocabularies; Knowledge of technologies for metadata management and interchange; Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; Ability to be flexible in a dynamic and changing environment; ability to work effectively with diverse faculty, students, and staff; Ability to work independently and collaboratively; Ability to prioritize and balance various unit needs; Attention to detail. As librarians are appointed as regular faculty in the continuous appointment system, also required are preparation and commitment to scholarly activity and service consistent with a librarian appointment; and capacity and commitment to engage independently in continuing professional development.

Desired Qualifications Experience with MODS, Dublin Core; Experience in creating documentation; Knowledge of METS, XSLT, Python and JSON; Understanding of cataloging rules such as AACR2 and/or RDA; Understanding of RDF and other linked data serialization formats; Familiarity with repository software technologies, especially Fedora Commons and Islandora; Knowledge of preservation standards such as PREMIS.

Closing Date 5pm on Tuesday July 5th, 2016

Special Instructions to Applicants Minimum $52,000; MSU provides generous fringe benefits. Interested applicants should provide a letter of application, resume and names, addresses and email addresses of three references to https://jobs.msu.edu posting number 3423.

----------------- Lucas Mak Metadata and Catalog Librarian Michigan State University Libraries

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