Discovery Metadata Librarian

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Created: September 14, 2012


The position supports creation, organization, and maintenance of metadata to facilitate discovery and access to resources in various formats, using traditional cataloging standards as well as existing and emerging metadata schemas and techniques such as linked data. It also includes reviewing print materials in Humanities subject area for discovery metadata creation. (The appointment will be made at the Assistant or Associate level, depending on qualifications and experience.)

  • Create discovery metadata for Humanities materials applying the metadata schema appropriate to the material as defined by policy. Currently, predominate schema is RDA applied according to the BIBCO standards, but others such as MODS are applied as needed.
  • Responsible for associated authority work and quality control as defined by policy for particular schemas; participate in the NACO and SACO programs: search authority files, create and update name and series authority records.
  • Collaborate with team members to evaluate, select, and apply metadata schemas and techniques, standards, data elements, and thesauri to provide description and access to SUL collections. Actively pursue innovative discovery techniques as they emerge and adapt them to the local environment as appropriate.
  • Participate in the development of Stanford's linked-data environment.
  • May act as project manager or consultant for the creation and management of descriptive and other metadata for selected projects in Metadata Department.
  • Maintain active link with the curators responsible for Humanities collections.
  • Serve as language expert for catalogers and staff in Technical Services.
  • Participate in relevant professional activities.
  • Perform other duties as needed.
  • Masters degree from an ALA-accredited institution required at time of applying.
  • Theoretical knowledge of current cataloging procedures and principles as defined in RDA and AACR2, the MARC Bibliographic, Holdings, and Authorities formats. Ability to rapidly learn and implement new cataloging procedures and principles adopted by the Department. (Practical knowledge required for the Associate level.)
  • Knowledge of current and emerging models and tools for resource discovery and access.
  • Ability to rapidly learn and implement new cataloging procedures and principles adopted by the Department.
  • Advanced knowledge of one modern Western European language in addition to English (Spanish preferred); working knowledge of all other modern Western European languages.
  • Ability to learn, analyze, and utilize existing and emerging metadata standards, such as Dublin Core, EAD, MODS, METS, OAI, TEI, XML, and relevant thesauri or ontologies, as required by special projects. Ability to provide mapping between different metadata standards in a dynamic environment. Ability to work creatively within a linked-data environment.
  • Knowledge of XML and XSLT (desirable for the Assistant, required for the Associate level).
  • Project management skills (experience required for the Associate level).
  • High level of proficiency using PC-based applications (Windows, word processing, spreadsheets) and other computer applications (email, Internet, Integrated Library Systems); high level computer competency kept up to date through continuous learning.
  • Excellent analytic and problem solving skills.
  • Consistent accuracy and attention to detail while maintaining a very high level of productivity.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member in a rapidly changing environment on a variety of simultaneous workflows.
  • Commitment to professional development and service.

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