Metadata Operations Librarian

Ithaca, NY 14853
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Created: December 20, 2017


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

Working in close collaboration with Library Technical Services (LTS) colleagues, the Metadata Operations Librarian creates, maintains, enhances and enriches metadata in Cornell’s broader repository ecosystem that describes a rich array of assets and serves a diverse scholarly community with equally varied areas of research. The Metadata Operations Librarian provides expertise, guidance and leadership in cross-functional teams for the development, implementation and assessment of metadata infrastructure, policies and procedures.

This position focuses on metadata maintenance activities, primarily the integration of metadata between systems and extending relationships between resources. The Metadata Operations Librarian holistically considers the movement of MARC and non-MARC metadata across Cornell's collections with an eye towards scaling and automating these processes. This position defines and conducts efforts related to metadata design, mapping, maintenance, remediation and enhancement.

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

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

Key Opportunities:

  • Contribute to strategic library initiatives focused on resource discovery and repository implementation
  • Collaborate on the development of long-term solutions for improved metadata management and interoperability
  • Focus on the integration of metadata between systems
  • Define and conduct efforts related to metadata design, mapping, maintenance, remediation and enhancement
  • 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
  • Experience manipulating and transforming metadata or datasets
  • Aptitude for working on large scale data projects
  • Demonstrated skills with scripting languages and/or tools for data manipulation (e.g. OpenRefine, Python, XSLT, etc.)
  • 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:

  • Two to three years of experience working with metadata in a library or similar setting
  • Practical experience in the use of MARC and non-MARC principles, standards and tools
  • Demonstrated experience creating and working with authority data(e.g. LC authorities, Getty vocabularies, ORCID, ISNI, etc.)
  • Engagement with issues of metadata practice and how it affects marginalized communities

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.