Metadata Librarian, Technical Services

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Created: January 16, 2013


On a full-time basis Librarian's select, acquire, and provide access to scholarly information according to the duties and responsibilities contained in their individual position description. As part of their professional responsibilities they may also participate in teaching, discovering, creating and reporting knowledge. 

Full-time tenure-track faculty appointment reporting to the Head of the Technical Services Team. Manage metadata relationships between resources, data, and discovery tools and provide data integration across systems. In close collaboration with library staff in electronic resources, information technologies, and public services provide metadata and cataloging services to enhance the user discovery and access experience. Assist in new workflows as standards and technologies change; provide training in metadata functions. Participate in ongoing review and revision of local metadata/cataloging standards, policies and procedures, provide metadata management, consulting and project analysis for digital and non-digital collections. Manage affiliate library participation in the UC library catalog.

RELATIONSHIP AND AUTHORITY: Reports to the Head, Technical Services Team


In a complex and rapidly changing environment, responsible for creation, maintenance and enrichment of metadata representing physical and digital resources. Perform original cataloging and complex copy cataloging in all formats, in a variety of subject areas.

Acts as project manager or consultant for the creation and management of descriptive and other metadata for library projects and initiatives. Advise on policies, standards, and workflows for acquisition, description, access, and preservation of print and digital information. Provide metadata and cataloging assistance for other staff, solve unusual cataloging problems.

Monitor changes in national and regional (OhioLINK) cataloging standards for impact on local practices. Communicate changes in coordination with the Database Management & Standards Committee (DMS) to cataloging staff in all UC and affiliated libraries.

Participate in adapting emerging technologies and data encoding standards to improve discoverability of UC Libraries collections, by working with data in the library catalog, repositories, discovery tools, and knowledgebases.

Provide oversight for authority control program, working closely with the current vendor, Backstage Library Works. Manage authority control reports relating to name, subject, series, and uniform title headings in the library catalog.

Participate in batch processing and record loads, ensuring cataloging and metadata quality in partnership with Electronic Resources Department.

Develop and provide training to library staff both within and external to department, including affiliate library staff, on metadata, cataloging, the integrated library system, and other tools.

Serve as the liaison with various outside vendors regarding contracts for ongoing cataloging and acquisitions processes.

Manage the Acquisitions and Cataloging Department in the absence of the department head.

Participate in appropriate committees and organizations related to the duties and responsibilities of the department, and in support of UC Libraries programs and organizations. 
Job Characteristic Duties:  
Minimum Qualifications  Appropriate academic degree and prior experience in an integrated academic library system. 
Position Qualification:

As determined by college or department  Master's degree in library science from an ALA accredited program, or a graduate degree in a related field. Three years of professional library experience with an emphasis on cataloging and metadata.

Demonstrated knowledge of bibliographic tools and metadata practices and standards such as OCLC; RDA, AACR2, and MARC; authority control; and LC and NLM classification and subject headings.

Project management skills.

Knowledge of discovery layer technology, linked data and semantic web development.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with a strong commitment to customer service and teamwork.

Aptitude for complex, analytical work with an attention to detail, with the ability to manage a variety of tasks and multiple priorities.

Demonstrated record of ongoing professional development and contribution, and ability to meet University of Cincinnati Libraries reappointment, promotion and tenure requirements.

Reading knowledge of at least two foreign languages. 
Ideal Qualifications  Experience with Innovative Interfaces Inc. /Millennium.

Familiarity with digital content standards such as Dublin Core, METS, MODS, XML, VRA, EAD, and

Ability to write scripts and / or other programming skills.

Additional foreign language skills.

For position details and to apply see: (Search for position number 212UC2193) or call 513-556-1599 for assistance. UC is an EE/AA employer.

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