Manager, Resource Description and Metadata

Washington, D.C.
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Created: December 20, 2016


American University in Washington, D.C. is currently accepting applications for the Manager, Resource Description and Metadata.

The Manager, Resource Description and Metadata ensures that all library resources are accessible and discoverable to the entire AU community of students, faculty, scholars, and staff through the creation and enhancement of metadata for all library resources acquired through the library’s annual collections budget of over $5 million. This position provides leadership and serves as project leader for planning, implementing and completing all projects related to metadata in MARC and non-MARC formats. This position also leads in ensuring interoperability of all cataloging systems and provides technical expertise for new cataloging and metadata initiatives, including introducing and training in the use of various systems and software tools for batch processing, cross-walking, analyzing, editing, updating, and quality review of library metadata. The incumbent assumes responsibility for the routine operation of the unit in the absence of the Resource Description Librarian.

Educational Requirements:
Master's degree in Library Science is required.
Minimum Requirements:
4 to 5 years’ library experience or an equivalent combination of education, training, and work experience in a related position that demonstrates the necessary skills and abilities for the position including supervisory and/or project leadership experience Experience with analyzing, creating, enhancing, and transforming MARC and non-MARC metadata in both ILS and non-ILS platforms. Experience using OCLC Connexion, OCLC WorldShare Management System, digital repository platforms, and integrated library systems Advanced, extensive knowledge of technical rules and standards for national cataloging rules and standards, including MARC21 standards (Machine Readable Cataloging), International Standard Bibliographic Description, and structure and coding of both local and national cataloging systems Knowledge of Anglo-American Cataloging Rules (AACR2), Resource Description and Access (RDA), and Program for Cooperative Cataloging/Library of Congress Policy Statements (PCC-PS’s) Experience with controlled vocabularies including Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), Library of Congress Name Authority Cooperative (NACO), and VIAF Knowledge of Dublin Core, MODS, and other metadata standards as well as knowledge of bibliographic record editing tools, including MARCEdit and global data change processes in an integrated library system environment Knowledge of report creation techniques in an ILS environment Knowledge of metadata creation, maintenance, and transformation Familiarity with unique identifiers used in scholarly communication including DOIs and ORCIDs Experience cataloging at least one non-print format such as music, electronic resources, and/or media Knowledge of emerging cataloging and metadata principles and trends including BIBFRAME or Excellent organizational skills, analytical thinking, and problem solving skills, with the ability to resolve conflicts and communicate effectively Strong interpersonal skills, attention to detail, and the ability to prioritize and multi-task, including the ability to reprioritize tasks to resolve urgent issues that arise Sound judgment with the ability to use discretion in making evaluative judgments Demonstrated initiative and accuracy Ability to work independently, develop, plan, and implement short and long-term goals, and complete projects by deadlines Ability to collaborate on many different levels and resolve problems Advanced computer skills, experience with Microsoft Excel and Access, and the ability to adapt to constantly changing procedures and computer systems Ability to sit at a desk and/or computer for extended hours, read computer screens and use computer keyboards Physical demands of the job include a great deal of sitting, typing, mousing, standing, walking, and lifting and occasionally shifting books or other media Vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus, as well as reading from printed materials and computer screens, generally switching from one to the other within short periods of time Preferred Requirements:
Experience with one or more of the following: XML, XSLT, RDF, OpenRefine, Oxygen XML Editor.

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively "Protected Bases") in its programs and activities.

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Last updated: Saturday, March 18, 2017 15:43 UTC