Head of Metadata Services

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Created: September 18, 2012


THE UNIVERSITY:  The University of Texas at Dallas is a doctoral level, state supported component of The University of Texas System located in suburban Richardson.  The University provides 130 degrees (47 bachelors, 54 masters, and 29 doctoral programs) and has an enrollment of over 19,000 students.  Nationally recognized for its programs in management, audiology, engineering/computer science, and brain and behavioral sciences, the University also provides imaginative interdisciplinary programs in the humanities, policy studies, political science, economics, and geographical information sciences.

THE LIBRARY:  The Libraries of the University of Texas at Dallas consist of more than 2.5 million volumes, 63,000 electronic journals, 1,000,000 electronic books, 15,000 media items, and over 2,000,000 microform units.  The Libraries employ more than 80 people, including 23 professionals.  In support of UT Dallas’s ascent to premier research university status, the Library is an active participant in the UT System Digital Library program, TexShare, and Amigos Library Services.  In addition, McDermott Library is a federal government documents depository.  For more information about McDermott Library, visit www.utdallas.edu/library.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  The Eugene McDermott Library at the University of Texas at Dallas invites applications and nominations for a forward-thinking, service-oriented, collaborative leader for the position of Head of Metadata Services.  Reporting to the Associate Director for Technical Services, this administrative position is responsible for defining and implementing the services provided by the metadata and processing units (Ex Libris’ Voyager as well as the migration to Alma as an early adopter).  The Head of Metadata Services will be responsible for managing the workflow of cataloging and processing of all resources for the library, including print and electronic monographs, print and electronic serials, integrating resources, multimedia, government documents and special collections archival materials as well as administration and management of the Library’s link resolving software, SFX.  The Head of Metadata Services will demonstrate proficiency in the modification and bulk loading of vendor record sets. The Head of Metadata Services will have a working knowledge of national and local standards in AACR2, RDA, FRBR, LCSH and classification, LCRI and CONSER practices.  The Head of Metadata Services is responsible for managing all unit personnel.

As a member of the Libraries’ administrative group, the Head of Metadata Services shares responsibility for developing and implementing the workflow of copy and original cataloging for the evolving role of research libraries in the digital age.  In addition to providing leadership and vision for the Library Metadata Services Unit, the Head of Metadata Services will act as a liaison to the Acquisitions, Reference, Collection Development, Circulation, Interlibrary Loan, Special Collections, Reserves and Information Literacy Departments to plan, develop and implement streamlined procedures and policies based on evolving needs of library patrons. The Head of Metadata Services will demonstrate a commitment to personal professional development through scholarly research and publication, presentations, and participation in national professional associations.

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:  Minimum qualifications: MLS from an ALA-accredited program is required.  5 years of experience managing professional and paraprofessional cataloging and processing staff.  Working knowledge of new and emerging trends and practices in descriptive metadata;  experience in handling large sets of vendor records for bulk loading into the library integrated software system; demonstrated management and supervisory experience; experience providing excellent customer service;  demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills; and commitment to the continuing development of personal knowledge and skills in the area of metadata management as it applies to libraries.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:  Competitive salary commensurate with education and experience for a 12-month administrative/professional appointment.  Benefits include medical, dental, and life insurance, participation in a variety of optional retirement programs, and holiday, vacation, and sick leave.  The position will remain open until filled.  Interested candidates must apply online at https://www.utdallasjobs.com.  Please attach a cover letter, resume, and three professional references.  Indication of sex and ethnicity for affirmative action statistical purposes is requested as part of the application, but not required.

The University of Texas at Dallas is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages applications from candidates who would enhance the diversity of the University.

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