Digital Projects and Metadata Librarian

New York, NY
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Created: March 15, 2017


*Digital Projects & Metadata Librarian <>*

Located in New York City, the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO
<>) is a non-profit organization working to develop and
maintain essential library services throughout New York City and
Westchester County. The METRO membership consists of a diverse group of
over 250 libraries, archives, and information organizations ranging from
New York’s largest libraries to small community archives. METRO provides
professional development and continuing education opportunities for our
membership, in addition to digitization, metadata, and hosting services for
digital collections. METRO is also home to the Empire State Digital Network
(ESDN <>), the New York state service hub for the
Digital Public Library of America (DPLA <>).


Reporting to the Deputy Director, the Digital Projects and Metadata
Librarian manages data and content ingest for METRO digital projects and
oversees processes necessary to contribute metadata records from New York
institutions to DPLA.

The Librarian works closely with METRO’s Digital Services Manager and METRO
developers to grow and support METRO’s digital repositories and hosting
services. The Librarian is responsible for metadata contribution guidelines
for METRO hosted collections and also facilitates the creation and editing
of metadata in the Digital Culture of Metropolitan New York (DCMNY
<>) site. The Librarian takes a lead role in developing
workflows and procedures for ingesting metadata and associated digital
objects into METRO repositories and performs a variety of administrative
tasks related to ingest and partner communication.

The Digital Projects and Metadata Librarian works directly with a variety
of partners on issues relating to metadata quality, mapping, ingest and
harvesting. The Librarian creates and maintains transformations and
mappings for partners in order to facilitate contribution of metadata to
DPLA from a variety of content management systems and frameworks. The
Librarian maintains data sets in METRO’s aggregation tool and ensures that
records are contributed, updated and removed from the DPLA site in a timely

Candidates should be enthusiastic about supporting and expanding access to
digital collections from New York libraries, archives and cultural heritage
institutions of all sizes. Creativity, flexibility and the ability to
follow and anticipate developing technologies will be essential.


- Support METRO digital repositories and hosted collections by
performing related metadata and content ingestion tasks in METRO’s
Islandora repository.
- Train and assist hosted collections partners with creating metadata
for digital objects.
- Create forms and templates for editing and ingesting MODS records in
- Ingest simple and complex objects into Islandora using a variety of
tools and workflows.
- Create and maintain guidelines, documentation, training materials and
- Partner closely with METRO developers to help inform, develop and test
new tools and modules.
- Facilitate aggregation of partner metadata for sharing with the
Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).
- Manage data sets and transformations in METRO’s aggregation tool and
coordinate with partners and DPLA on harvesting schedules and QA.
- Create and maintain mappings and transformations of partner metadata
to the metadata requirements of ESDN and DPLA
- Coordinate a statewide Metadata Group to support and promote metadata
quality and shareability in New York State.
- Serve as primary liaison to state digital collaborations New York
Heritage <> and Hudson River Valley Heritage (
HRVH <>).
- Perform appropriate analysis and QA of contributed and transformed
metadata to ensure quality records are contributed to DPLA.
- Collaborate with statewide partners to build and support digital
exhibitions using Omeka.


- Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science or a related degree.
- Knowledge of common metadata standards such as Dublin Core, MARC,
MODS, VRA and PB Core.
- Experience working with digital collections systems and frameworks
including CONTENTdm, Islandora, Hydra, CollectiveAccess, DSpace, and
- Comfortable participating and contributing to open source communities
such as Islandora, Fedora, etc.
- Knowledge and experience working with Linked Data technologies
including RDF and data models such as the Europeana Data Model and DPLA MAP.
- Knowledge of XML and related technologies like XSLT, XPath and XQuery.
- Experience with mapping and transforming a range of metadata schemas
and standards.
- Knowledge of metadata harvesting protocols like OAI-PMH and
- Knowledge of aggregating cultural heritage metadata and using metadata
aggregation tools such as REPOX.
- Familiarity with scripting languages and APIs.
- Knowledge of appropriate command-line utilities and programming
languages to perform QA on contributed metadata.
- Experience with metadata cleanup utilities such as OpenRefine.
- Experience speaking in public and leading meetings and training

Send cover letter and resume to by April 15, 2017

How to apply


*John Mignault, Empire State Digital Network Technology Specialist*
Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO )
212.228.2320 x129


Published: Saturday, March 18, 2017 15:03 UTC

Last updated: Saturday, March 18, 2017 15:03 UTC