Electronic Resource Metadata Management Librarian

New York City
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Created: January 9, 2013



In support of the increased reliance on access to scholarly electronic resources in NYU’s creation of a Global Network University, the Electronic Resource Metadata Management Librarian will bring leadership and expertise to the deployment of metadata that enable end-user access to electronic resources via the NYU Division of Libraries’ integrated discovery and access systems. Based in the Resource Management Department of Knowledge Access and Resource Management Services (KARMS), the Electronic Resource Metadata Management Librarian works collaboratively with staff in KARMS, particularly the Electronic Resources Collections Librarian and members of the KARMS Knowledge Access Design and Development Department, as well as staff in other areas of the library to coordinate a metadata management strategy for NYU Libraries electronic resources.

Knowledge Access and Resource Management Services facilitates the teaching, learning, and research endeavors of the Libraries’ user communities through processes and services in program areas that include library acquisitions, serials and electronic resource management, knowledge access design and development, and metadata production and management. In collaboration with our colleagues in Collections and Research Services, Public Services, Libraries IT Services, and Digital Library Technology Services, KARMS has primary leadership responsibility for knowledge access via the Libraries’ dynamic, integrated discovery and access systems. In addition to serving NYU’s central libraries, institute libraries, and global sites, KARMS provides selected services to Research Library Association of South Manhattan member libraries and other affiliated libraries.

Under the general supervision of the Head of Resource Management, the successful candidate will:

• Define, implement, document, evaluate, and refine a coordinated metadata management strategy for NYU Libraries electronic resources that includes approaches for managing catalog record supply chains, multiple processing streams, and knowledge base management activities

• Develop, implement, document, evaluate, and routinize electronic-resource processing workflows to achieve timely end-user discovery of and access to newly licensed electronic resources; analyze, design, and implement scripts and methods for electronic-resource metadata processing, transformation, and ingest; collaborate with colleagues on workflow automation using tools and languages such as MacroExpress, XPath, Perl, PHP, Python, or Ruby

• Assist the Head of Resource Management with the preparation of management reports and the provision of statistical and budget analyses related to electronic resources

• Participate in electronic resource use studies conducted by NYU Libraries in order to guide the ongoing development of systems, services, and interfaces designed to optimize electronic resource discovery and access

• Provide leadership to the NYU Libraries as a whole in developing and maintaining awareness of emerging technologies, standards, and technical issues related to the acquisition, licensing, access, and use of electronic resources and associated metadata

Collections curated, managed, interpreted, and preserved by the NYU Libraries include in round numbers 5 million book volumes, 100,000 serial subscriptions including 90,000 electronic journals, 800,000 electronic books, 30,000 linear feet of archival materials, 1,700,000 photographs or photo negatives, well over 100,000 audio and video recordings in a variety of physical formats, and 250,000 digital resources (occupying over 100 terabytes) in about 30 collections. As NYU Libraries devote more resources to acquiring electronic resources to support NYU’s international approach to study and research, the Electronic Resource Metadata Management Librarian will play a key role in providing consistent access to library resources throughout the NYU global system. To that end, the Libraries currently deploy the Ex Libris Aleph integrated library system, the Innovative Interfaces Electronic Resource Management System, and the Ex Libris SFX OpenURL link resolver.


Minimum of three years experience with electronic resource metadata enabling discovery and access in a research library; strong service orientation and knowledge of user needs; excellent communication and interpersonal skills; excellent planning and organizational skills; demonstrated experience in developing and implementing complex processing workflows; experience performing data analysis on a variety of data formats; in-depth experience with library discovery and access systems, particularly those related to e-resource access such as OpenURL resolution systems.

Preferred: experience with one or more of the suite of Ex Libris products (Primo, Aleph, Metalib, SFX); experience working in Linux/Unix server environments; knowledge of database architecture and SQL; experience with XML and XSLT; knowledge of library technology protocols such as OAI-PMH, Z39.5-, and SRU/W; experience writing scripts in common scripting languages such as Perl, PHP, bash, Python, or Ruby; experience with Lucene/Solr.
MLS from an ALA-accredited program and a second master’s degree required to be eligible for tenure.

New York University Libraries:

Library facilities at New York University serve the school’s 40,000 students and faculty and contain more than 5 million volumes. New York University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the OCLC Research Library Partnership, and the Digital Library Federation. The Libraries also serve as the administrative headquarters of the Research Library Association of South Manhattan, a consortium that includes The New School and The Cooper Union. The New-York Historical Society, the Brooklyn Historical Society, and the New York School of Interior Design also participate in the use of the ILS. For the NYU Libraries Mission and Strategic Plan go to http://library.nyu.edu/about/Strategic_Plan.pdf.


Faculty status, attractive benefits package including five weeks annual vacation. Salary commensurate with experience and background.

To Apply:

To ensure consideration, send resume and letter of application, including the name, address and telephone number of three references to: Enrique Yanez, Director, Human Resources, New York University Libraries, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012 or via email to jobs@library.nyu.edu. Please include where you heard about this position. The search will remain open until filled.

NYU’s Division of Libraries embraces diversity and is committed to attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.

NYU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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