Digital Initiatives Metadata Librarian

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Created: April 21, 2009


*Digital Initiatives Metadata Librarian /Library Assistant Professor - University of Vermont Libraries*

The University of Vermont Libraries' Center for Digital Initiatives (CDI, seeks a detail-oriented, innovative, and energetic librarian for the position of Digital Initiatives Metadata Librarian. The Institute for Museum and Library Services has recently awarded the University of Vermont a 24-month grant to continue development of the Libraries' digital initiatives. The main goal of this grant is to build a user community for the CDI that will engage as active participants in the development of the CDI and the content and services it provides. The Digital Initiatives Metadata Librarian will provide expertise and leadership in the creation and maintenance of metadata for digital content acquired or created by the CDI. The Digital Initiatives Metadata Librarian will help to develop, refine, and implement policies, procedures, workflows, and metadata standards for the CDI; manage digitization projects; and participate in the overall management of the CDI.* *

*RESPONSIBILITIES:* Provides expertise and leadership in the creation and maintenance of metadata for digital content acquired or created by the CDI; provides descriptive, technical, and structural metadata for digital content; evaluates and maintains quality control of metadata operations; trains and supports metadata staff; maintains documentation on metadata best practices; analyzes metadata needs and provides estimated metadata costs and timeline for proposed projects; designs, implements, and manages project workflows;collaborates with CDI and Libraries staff in selection of digital projects and content; participates in the management of the CDI; promotes and reports on CDI activities to local, regional, and national communities; represents the CDI in professional and campus organizations and initiatives.

*REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:* Master's degree from an ALA-accredited program or foreign equivalent; experience with metadata work on digital projects; experience with XML.; experience with standards-based non-MARC metadata schemas, such as Dublin Core, MODS, METS, EAD and TEI; knowledge of MARC; familiarity with controlled vocabularies, such as LCSH, AAT, LCTGM, GNIS, and TGN; demonstrated project management experience; excellent attention to detail; ability to work independently and in a team environment; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; commitment to professional achievement and growth; commitment to diversity and inclusion.

*PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS*: Working knowledge of digital asset management systems; demonstrated understanding of preservation metadata, such as PREMIS; experience in crosswalking, normalizing, and transforming xml metadata; working knowledge of XSLT.

*SALARY AND APPLICATION INFORMATION:* Qualifications should merit appointment at the rank of library assistant professor (non-tenure track). Salary is commensurate with experience, not less than $49,191 for this position. Benefit package includes TIAA/CREF or alternate plan, managed health care plan, and 22 days of annual paid vacation. Review of applications will begin on May 8, 2009 and will continue until position is filled. Anticipated start date is August 15, 2009. Apply on line at <> with letter of application, vita, and names and contact information for three professional references. Job Requisition Number = 032645. Questions about the position may be directed to the chair of the search committee at


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