Metadata and Discovery Services Librarian

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Created: March 12, 2013


The University of New Mexico Libraries (UL) has an opening for a Metadata and Discovery Services Librarian. Reporting to the Director of Discovery, Acquisitions, and Consortial Services, this position is a full-time, 12 month, probationary appointment leading to a tenure decision. The faculty rank and tenure status are negotiable based on qualifications. The anticipated start date is June 1, 2013. The minimum annual salary is $50,000 and is negotiable based on qualifications. This position includes full benefits.

Working in a team-oriented and highly electronic environment, the Metadata and Discovery Services Librarian will play an important role in an organization that is committed to making content in all formats more accessible and discoverable for educational and research purposes. The Metadata and Discovery Services Librarian will take full advantage of and contribute to the evolution of multiple metadata languages and new discovery tools and platforms, especially as the UL is in the process of selecting a new ILS and compatible discovery tools.

The Metadata and Discovery Services Librarian will keep current with developments in widely used metadata languages such as but not limited to: RDA, Dublin Core, VRA Core, and EAD. This librarian will be responsible for leading projects to improve the UL's metadata, and for ongoing training of staff to keep skills in the UL current with needs. The librarian will work within the UL's integrated library system, DSpace, and CONTENTdm.

This position will work closely with Cataloging and Discovery Services, the LIBROS Library Consortium of New Mexico academic libraries, and all other departments of the UL. The Metadata and Discovery Services Librarian will play an active role in the UL's Web Committee and the SearchUNM team, providing expertise on good web and search design.

The UL integrates into all we do the UNM values of Excellence, Access with Support to Succeed, Integrity, Diversity, Respectful Relationships, Freedom, and Sustainability. The UL adds to UNM's values: Service, Trust, Collaboration, and Accountability.

Primary Duties
The Metadata and Discovery Services Librarian will be responsible for: quality control of metadata created and used by the UL in all its platforms, whether individually created or batchloaded; making recommendations to the Library for metadata workflow; implementing new discovery tools and maintenance of those tools; Search Engine Optimization for UL web pages; being an active member of the LIBROS Coordination Team and providing expertise for that team in public interface design and systems; collaborate with Data Librarians for metadata components of data management plans; ongoing training of Cataloging and Discovery Services Staff in metadata practice; teaching for-credit Metadata Course for the UL. The Metadata and Discovery Services Librarian will raise awareness among library staff and the entire campus community about emerging trends in content discovery methods. The Metadata and Discovery Services Librarian will contribute to local, regional, and national metadata initiatives. The Metadata and Discovery Services Librarian will participate in faculty governance meetings and in library management meetings as required. The Metadata and Discovery Services Librarian will contribute to Library initiatives that further UNM's commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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The University of New Mexico is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Educator. 

Minimum Qualifications: 
  • Earned Master's degree from an ALA-accredited Library/Information Science program or an international equivalent;
  • Three years of experience (36 months) managing or coordinating metadata workflow in an academic setting within the last five years. 
Preferred Qualifications: 
  • Experience with XML, XSLT, and Dublin Core;
  • Experience with additional metadata schema;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of AACR2, MARC, and RDA;
  • Experience with web development;
  • Demonstrated understanding of developments in linked data;
  • Experience working on teams across the library and outside the library;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of discovery systems in academic libraries;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Library Integrated Systems in academic libraries;
  • Experience planning and facilitating training for library staff;
  • Experience implementing search tools such as the Google Search Appliance or similar;
  • Experience teaching graduate level metadata courses;
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills; and
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with culturally diverse populations.

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