Metadata Librarian

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Created: January 7, 2013


The Metadata Librarian works under the direction of the Discovery Enhancement Librarian to produce and manage MARC and non-MARC metadata, for university and library projects and materials, including digitization projects, special format material and electronic resources.  This position also selects appropriate metadata schema and standards, performs database maintenance activities, documents procedures and processes, and assists with training of staff in descriptive metadata production.  It requires knowledge of multiple metadata standards, such as MARC21, RDA, and Dublin Core.  The Metadata Librarian works closely with all sections of the library, particularly the Virtual Services Librarian and the Digital Projects and Preservation section, to ensure best practices in the production and control of metadata for the library’s digital projects and collections.
Essential Functions:
1.     Produces Non-MARC Metadata.  Works closely with library and campus wide stakeholders to develop and maintain metadata records, controlled vocabularies, and data dictionaries for digital materials including electronic theses and dissertations, LibGuides, non-library projects and materials, and various digital collections. 

2.     Produces MARC Metadata for special format library resources.  Performs MARC original and copy cataloging of electronic, archival and other special format materials in accordance with appropriate national and state university library standards, using tools such as OCLC Connexion, Cataloger’s Desktop, and LC Classification Web.
3.     Selects appropriate metadata schema and standards.  Responsible for selecting appropriate metadata schema and standards for the type of material being described and ensuring the interoperability of data in systems such as Ex Libris’ ALEPH, the Florida Dark Archive, and Bepress’ Digital Commons.
4.     Performs database maintenance and metadata management functions.  Using software such as Excel, Islandora, XnView, Adobe Bridge, or MarcEdit for metadata creation, harvesting, or editing, performs automated and manual functions including global editing, and batch loading and archiving of records.  In addition, performs and manages authority control processes in the library catalog and other metadata repositories and develops conceptual models and methods to crosswalk records between discovery systems.

5.     Develops and documents procedures and policies.  Formulates, documents, and implements policies, procedures, and best practices for metadata workflows assists in the development of electronic resource batch load profiles and processes, and collects statistics on activities.
6.     Trains staff involved in descriptive metadata production.  Assists the Discovery Enhancement Librarian in the training of staff to perform metadata activities.  This includes batch load processes, non-MARC description, and quality control of metadata from non-ILS repositories.

Other Job Accountabilities:
1.     Serves as the library liaison to a University academic department and participates in collection development and purchasing decisions for the library materials budget in that department’s topical area.
2.     Serves on Library, University, and statewide committees or project teams as appropriate.
3.     Maintains current awareness of campus issues and developments in library and information science.
4.     Participates in professional organizations and in professional development activities as appropriate.

Job Qualifications:

Requires an ALA-accredited Master’s of Library Science degree or equivalent, plus at least 2 years of experience creating and editing metadata using automated data management systems.  Additional requirements: working knowledge of MARC 21 and LCSH; familiarity with non-MARC metadata schemas (e.g. Dublin Core); and knowledge of metadata content standards for library materials (e.g. AACR2, RDA, etc.).

A broad understanding of digital metadata management, the creation of metadata dictionaries, and authority control using controlled vocabularies or taxonomies; demonstrated ability to work with automated data management systems such as Ex Libris’ ALEPH or Bepress’ Digital Commons; a familiarity with emerging cataloging theories and concepts such as FRBR, linked data, and RDF; knowledge of LC classification; proficiency with metadata creation and global editing tools including, but not limited to, OCLC Connexion Client, MarcEdit, and Excel; ability to learn new technologies and metadata standards for multiple formats of materials; ability to multitask, prioritize, and work both independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced work environment; experience training staff; and excellent oral and written communication skills.

Interested applicants must complete the one page online application on OASys at and must upload all required documents to be considered for this position. Once you finalize your completed application and have submitted the required documents, you will receive a confirmation number. Please keep this confirmation number for this position for your records. If you have questions contact Cindy Hoffer at 904-620-2553.  Applicants who do not apply online or do not upload all the required documentation will not be considered for this position.

UNF is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Access Institution.

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