Metadata Analyst

Houston, TX
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Created: May 29, 2019


Rice University is seeking a dynamic, service-oriented Metadata Analyst
who will provide leadership in evaluation and application of current and
emerging metadata standards.This position will expand use of non-MARC
metadata schemas for content description and access, collaborating with
others on local and regional digital projects as appropriate.In
addition, the Metadata Analyst provides training or technical advice to
library staff regarding resource description and metadata assignment.
This position serves as a primary resource person for the library on
metadata practice, providing significant input on relevant policies and
procedures.The position reports to the Head of Cataloging and Metadata
Services Department in Technical Services.The Department includes 8
exempt, 5 non-exempt, and 2 part-time temporary staff, plus student workers.

*Responsibilities*:Provides leadership in a team environment to evaluate
and apply appropriate metadata schemas to provide description and access
for various digital projects of the library and Rice
University.Responsible for associated authority and quality
control.Assists in development and ongoing review of local policies and
procedures for such applications.Stays up-to-date with national metadata
standards and schemas and is responsible for interpreting and adapting
those for local purposes.Acts as liaison for metadata projects with
other departments within the library and/or other campus groups and
individuals.Provides training or technical advice to library staff
regarding resource description and metadata assignment.

Assists and/or manages special cataloging projects undertaken by the
Department as assigned by the Department Head. May lead project
staff.Participates in departmental and library-wide committees and work
groups established to further various aspects of the Fondren Library
mission.Assists in other cataloging activities as needed.

*Requirements include:*ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library
Science; three years of related experience specializing in metadata or
cataloging.Successful project management experience.Excellent oral and
written communication skills; project management skills; proven ability
to solve problems; leadership and training skills and an ability to
reach consensus with diverse constituencies; ability to recommend
solutions in areas not under direct supervision;; thorough knowledge of
MARC and non-MARC metadata standards and practices (e.g. Dublin Core,
EAD, TEI, MODS, METS, OAI, etc.) and demonstrated knowledge of current
and emerging metadata practices and procedures; thorough knowledge of
institutional repository platforms, preferably DSpace; knowledge of OCLC
and vendor services; knowledge of integrated library systems, preferably

*Preferred qualifications:*Experience as a librarian in an academic
library.Familiarity with DSpace. Experience with scripting & programming
languages (such as Python, JavaScript, etc.). Knowledge of MarcEdit and
an additional MARC data manipulation tool (such as OpenRefine, Trifacta,
etc.). Experience with APIs.

*Salary & benefits*:$55,000 minimum, with hiring salary commensurate
with experience and qualifications; no state or local income tax; 21
benefit days; 8 study days; a range of retirement options including
TIAA/CREF; health and life insurance; and tuition waiver.

*Environment:*Rice University provides a stimulating work environment,
with opportunities to participate in the delivery of innovative library
services supported by leading edge technologies. Fondren Library
( is a research library with over 2.9 million
volumes and over 170,000 serial subscriptions.  The Library has a
state-of-the-art offsite shelving facility and completed a major
building renovation project in 2006.  An active program of digital
resource development and delivery is underway.

Houston is a vibrant, multicultural city, with world-class visual and
performing arts ranging from the traditional to the avant-garde. The
fourth largest city in the country, Houston enjoys a moderate cost of
living and easy proximity to the Gulf Coast.

For more information, see:

Applications received by July 8, 2019 will receive first consideration.
Please apply with cover letter, resume, and the names, titles,
addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references
at:  Melinda Reagor
Flannery, Assistant University Librarian/Search Coordinator at (713)
348-3773 or e-mail

How to apply


Melinda Reagor Flannery
Assistant University Librarian/Search Coordinator
(713) 348-3773


Published: Thursday, May 30, 2019 00:02 UTC

Last updated: Thursday, May 30, 2019 00:02 UTC