Metadata Management Librarian - 74309

Stanford, CA
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Created: August 1, 2017



This is a 3-year fixed term position posted at the Librarian levels 1 and 2.

Stanford University Libraries is seeking an enthusiastic and resourceful metadata librarian responsible for the accessioning of digital object metadata into the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR). Reporting to the Metadata Coordinator, the Metadata Management Librarian will ensure the timely flow of objects and their metadata into the SDR and discovery environments through the application of metadata principles and best practices for digital resources. The Metadata Management Librarian will also be responsible for monitoring metadata accessioning workflows and for complex metadata remediation in the SDR.


  • Accession digital object metadata into the SDR, including:
    • Analysis of supplied metadata, and transformation of files and metadata to match policies, standards, and specifications
    • Contribution to definition and documentation of the accessioning process
    • Quality assessment, troubleshooting, and remediation of accessioned metadata
  • Analyze metadata across all digital collections in order to harmonize conflicts and inconsistencies and make them function effectively in a unified discovery environment
  • Perform metadata analysis and remediation at the project level
  • Monitor status of objects during and after metadata loads and resolve workflow errors
  • Develop and maintain working spreadsheets for digital object metadata creation and authority work by Metadata Development Unit staff
  • Work closely with Metadata Coordinator to enact local metadata policies, best practices, and common standards
  • Maintain close working relationships with DLSS staff related to the development of the SDR, data models, and the administration of its content, and the overall accessioning queue and process
  • Participate in large scale research and development projects related to metadata discovery, interoperability, and identity management, including the development of Stanford’s linked data environment




  • MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited library school or the equivalent


  • Deep appreciation for and demonstrated understanding of the purpose and structure of library-related discovery metadata
  • Familiarity with MARC and current cataloging practices
  • Familiarity with MODS and/or other similar metadata standards
  • Familiarity with XML, RDF, and other machine actionable languages; familiarity with, or ability to learn, linked data principles and standards
  • Demonstrated ability with, or proven ability to learn, skills such as XSLT or scripting to transform and remediate metadata
  • Knowledge of non-bibliographic metadata standards such as technical, preservation, structural, packaging, and transfer metadata schemes
  • Demonstrated ability to use online and PC-based applications for data analysis and reporting
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills combined with attention to detail for complex detail-oriented work
  • Excellent oral and written communications
  • Ability to work independently, as a team member, and across organizational boundaries in a highly demanding environment
  • Flexibility to be organized, productive and effective in a dynamic environment, involved with a variety of simultaneous projects

Other relevant skills, knowledge & abilities may include:

  • Broad knowledge of library repository functions, services, and requirements
  • Experience with metadata transformations and cross-walking tools
  • Familiarity with Stanford University Libraries and its Digital Library environment

Librarian 2 level requires a minimum of 3 year relevant experience.


  • Constantly sit, perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasps lightly/fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, reach/work above shoulders, writing by hand, kneel/crawl, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other).
  • Rarely use a telephone, operate hand controls.
  • Must be able to push and maneuver a fully-loaded cart weighing up to 650 pounds that requires an initial push force up to 50 pounds.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


  • May work in confined spaces and at heights 4-10 feet; be exposed to dust and mold; work extended hours, evenings and weekends.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,


Job: Library

Location: University Libraries

Schedule: Full-time

Grade: G

Job Code: 1781

Last updated: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 15:18 UTC