Metadata Specialist

Normal, IL
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Salary: $19.35/hr - $20.00/hr
Created: May 20, 2023


Milner Library at Illinois State University is seeking qualified candidates for a Metadata Specialist. From providing access to unique and primary sources for one of the leading circus collections in the United States to supporting new digital initiatives and experimentation, Milner Library offers candidates terrific opportunities to develop valuable skills in a team-based approach to metadata creation and discovery.

The primary purpose of this position is to incorporate new content into the digital collections repository, enabling discovery and accessibility of those materials. This includes subject analysis of digitized items and the creation, enhancement, and maintenance of descriptive metadata for a range of digital media types such as images, books, manuscripts and diaries, oral histories, audio files, moving images, maps, broadsides, and three-dimensional objects in the library’s digital collections. This also includes participating in resource description initiatives supporting the advancement of the discoverability of the digital collections working with a broad range of standardized vocabularies, schema, and other knowledge systems. This position is also responsible for increasing discoverability and accessibility of materials by creating, maintaining, and editing linked data for materials. All activities are directed toward collaborative solutions for improved metadata for optimizing discoverability, access, and the accurate representation of the library's digital collections for use by library patrons including students, staff, faculty, the community, and those beyond.

Required Qualifications

1. High school diploma or equivalent.

2.  Any combination totaling two (2) years (24 months) from the following categories:

a. work experience in a library or equivalent setting.

b. college course work in any field as measured by the following conversion table:

- 30 semester hours equals one (1) year (12 months)

- Associate’s Degree (60 semester hours) equals eighteen months (18 months)

- 90 semester hours equals two (2) years (24 months)

- Bachelor’s Degree (120 semester hours) equals three (3) years (36 months)

3.  A total of two (2) years (24 months) work experience in a library or equivalent setting performing progressively more responsible work consistent with the next lower level of this series.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Experience using CONTENTdm or an equivalent Digital Assets Management (DAM) system.
  2. Experience creating metadata for digital objects using established schemas and controlled vocabularies.
  3. Knowledge of linked data principles.
  4. Ability to conduct research to aid in metadata creation.
  5. Awareness of current metadata generation practices.
  6. Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously.

Proposed Starting Date: August 2023

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Application materials are due by June 18, 2023.



Published: Saturday, May 20, 2023 22:46 UTC

Last updated: Saturday, May 20, 2023 22:46 UTC