Position Available: Metadata Infrastructure Development, University of Michigan

Ann Arbor
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Created: January 8, 2008


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The University of Michigan Library seeks applicants who are ready take the lead on a major metadata infrastructure project in a new full-time position in the Library Systems Office. The project goal is to provide a coherent, generalized systems infrastructure/architecture for storage, maintenance and access to the bibliographic metadata that supports a variety of systems throughout the University Library. This position may be filled as a Programmer/Analyst or as a Librarian depending on the qualifications of the successful candidate.

Background: The University of Michigan Library currently supports multiple systems for storage and management of bibliographic metadata, e.g. catalogs and databases of specific collections or materials, indexes to journal articles, our main library catalog, etc.. Metadata in these systems is stored in a variety of formats (e.g. MARC21, MODS, Dublin Core, etc.) and is managed by multiple Library units. Our goal is to increase efficiency and reduce redundancy in the management and storage of bibliographic metadata by building a robust and open infrastructure. This new infrastructure will expose metadata in ways that will facilitate development of services while offering improved options for searching across all of our bibliographic metadata together. The successful candidate, in collaboration with staff, including metadata experts, in other library units, will develop a project plan and provide leadership throughout all project phases, from requirements gathering through implementation and testing. As a Library Systems Office team member, s/he will also participate in a variety of tasks related to support, maintenance and enhancement of existing systems.

Qualifications: Required: * BS/BA degree, preferably in computer science. * Experience with multiple bibliographic metadata formats (e.g. MARC21, MODS, Dublin Core, Marcxml). * Programming experience, preferably including perl. * Experience with SQL and relational databases. * Experience with xml-encoded data. * Ability to manage a multipart project, working collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders. * Ability to learn quickly and to apply knowledge to real situations. * Ability to establish measurable goals and objectives and to implement strategies to achieve them. * Flexibility in working on multiple priorities and projects simultaneously. * Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well in a multicultural/collaborative environment. * Demonstrated analytical skills, and aptitude for details. * Demonstrated good English oral and written communication skills. * Demonstrated ability to work effectively, both independently and within a team setting. Desired: * Experience working in a large academic library. * Masters degree in Information Science, Library Science, or other relevant discipline. * Experience managing data in MARC21, MODS, METS, Dublin Core, marcxml, and other bibliographic metadata formats, preferably including experience with migration and/or transformation of metadata. * Experience developing interoperable systems using web services, system APIs, etc. * Experience working with a Library Management System (LMS), especially Aleph.

Benefits Package: Excellent benefits package available including health insurance, TIAA-CREF or Fidelity Investments retirement options, sick and vacation time. For fuller details visit the University of Michigan's webpage: http://www.umich.edu

Application Process:

Please refer to the University of Michigan's job postings webpage for full details on this position (Job #14281) and the application process: http://www.umich.edu/~jobs/ Questions may be directed to Library Human Resources at 734-764-2546 or by email: libhumres@umich.edu

Note: those applying for this position at the Librarian level are encouraged to send a cover letter and resume to Library Human Resources -- by email to libhumres@umich.edu or by U.S. Mail to Library Human Resources, 404 Hatcher Graduate Library North, University of Michigan Library, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1205

Review of applications will begin on January 18 and will continue until the position is filled. The University of Michigan is a non-discriminatory, affirmative action employer


Published: Tuesday, January 8, 2008 08:25 UTC

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