Metadata Librarian

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Created: December 12, 2012


Hunter Library seeks an enthusiastic librarian with an interest in digital projects, institutional repositories, traditional MARC based cataloging and supervision.

The Metadata Librarian will participate in planning and implementing digital projects including exploring new technologies in metadata applications; metadata schema adaptation; developing standards, policies and procedures; training library staff to create and apply metadata; and project management. The metadata librarian will create MARC and non-MARC metadata. The ideal candidate will work well with diverse stakeholders, be able to manage complex workflows and participate in the creation of digital projects that have both immediate appeal and lasting significance. This position will report to the Head of Content Organization and Management, but will work in close collaboration with other library units.

The Metadata librarian will be involved in ongoing projects such as the Picturing Appalachia and the Stories of Mountain Folk projects and will also be expected to participate in the development of new digital projects. The metadata librarian will also have responsibility for cataloging traditional library materials such as books and non-print resources.

New library school graduates with relevant knowledge/experience are encouraged to apply for this position.

Salary and rank are commensurate with qualifications. Minimum salary is $43,000. This is a twelve-month, tenure-track position with a generous 24 days of vacation leave annually. Choice of retirement plans includes Fidelity, Lincoln, TIAA-CREF, VALIC, or the North Carolina State retirement system.

Hunter Library shares an online catalog with two other university libraries that comprise the Western North Carolina Library Network. Western Carolina University is one of the 17 senior institutions of the University of North Carolina and is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Western is a fast growing, regional comprehensive university with approximately 9,600 students. The university is located in one of the major recreational areas in the Southeast, situated between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains. While in a rural setting, the university is only one hour from Asheville and three hours from Atlanta and Charlotte. 

Minimum Qualifications
  • A Masters of Library Science or equivalent, from an ALA accredited school is required. Knowledge of one or more of the following metadata standards: Dublin Core, HTML, XML, MODS, etc. Knowledge of AACR2, MARC, LCSH and LC classification and OCLC.
  • Knowledge of integrated library systems such as Innovative Interface's Sierra system. Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively with project teams. Effective oral, written and interpersonal communication skills. 
Preferred qualifications include experience with applying metadata standards to describe digital collections; experience with digital library platforms such as CONTENTdm; experience cataloging traditional library materials; knowledge of RDA; supervisory experience; experience with digital image and text creation (scanning); experience with archives and archival practice; experience with EAD; experience with institutional repositories; experience with MarcEdit; experience with Drupal or another content management system used in libraries and experience in an academic library environment. 

Salary and rank are commensurate with qualifications. Minimum salary is $43,000

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