Metadata Projects Librarian

Ithaca, NY 14853
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Created: December 20, 2017


Cornell University Library seeks a Metadata Projects Librarian to help bring collections to users.  

In collaboration with other key staff, the Metadata Projects Librarian provides strategic and technical guidance on metadata practice for Cornell University Library's (CUL) digital, physical and virtual collections within the broader context of CUL's digital and programmatic needs.

This position provides expertise in the development, implementation and assessment of metadata policies, procedures and infrastructure to Cornell; meanwhile, the Librarian monitors external developments, standards development and changing needs in these areas. The Librarian provides consultation and advocacy to both CUL colleagues and the community more broadly; this effort demands a strong knowledge of well-established and evolving metadata standards as well as their practical implications.

The Metadata Projects Librarian actively participates in local and national discussions relating to the access, retrieval, description, and management of library resources and in in the library's research and development efforts.

This position is being recruited concurrent to the Metadata Operations Librarian position.

Key Opportunities:

  • Engage with experienced and supportive colleagues in a highly collaborate environment
  • Focus on metadata design and guiding metadata creation
  • Contribute to strategic library initiatives focused on resource discovery and digital preservation
  • Collaborate on the development of long-term solutions for improved metadata creation and management
  • Contribute to building a body of knowledge at the intersection of technology and cultural inclusion
  • Play an active role in professional organizations inside and outside of the Cornell University Library community

Required Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree from an accredited institution
  • Knowledge of a variety of MARC and non-MARC metadata standards and schema
  • Aptitude for learning new technologies and metadata standards
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills
  • Strong service orientation and interest in library users' values and needs
  • Excellent communication and analytic skills, including the ability to work well in a team-based environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with scripting languages and/or tools for data manipulation (e.g. OpenRefine, Python, XSLT, etc.)
  • Practical experience in the use of MARC and non-MARC principles, standards and tools
  • Familiarity with, and aptitude for, the application of linked data technologies and methodologies (e.g. ontology development, semantic tools and best practices)

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Background: Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Its inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff imparts an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contributes creative ideas to further the University's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement. In addition to the main campus in Ithaca, NY, Cornell's expansive global presence includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus being built on Roosevelt Island in New York City. The Ithaca campus sits on 2,300 acres in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Ithaca, located roughly halfway between Manhattan and Toronto, offers a wealth of arts, culture, and activity while maintaining an eclectic college-town feel. Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of the multitude of rolling hills, breathtaking gorges, hiking trails, and lakes offering countless outdoor activities. The city has been named one of the top 100 places to live, a top 10 recreation city, a best green place to live, and one of the "foodiest" towns in America.

One of the leading academic research libraries in the United States, Cornell University Library is a highly valued partner in teaching, research, and learning at the university. With an operating budget of over $64 million and a diverse and innovative staff of more than 350, the Library supports 2,700 faculty, 22,000 students and 94 PhD fields. Its world class collections, expert librarians, responsive services in physical and virtual library spaces inspire and nourish scholarship and learning.

Benefits:  Our comprehensive Endowed benefits package includes 22 vacation days, 12 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, and university retirement contributions (TIAA-CREF and other options). Professional travel funding is available.  More information regarding Cornell’s generous benefits can be found at this link.

Application Procedure:  Please submit a cover letter, resume, and list of three references (preferred as one PDF document). Applications will be reviewed as received and will continue until the position is filled. Early application submission is encouraged.

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