Discovery Metadata Librarian

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Created: April 9, 2013


The Discovery Metadata Librarian is responsible for the accessioning of digital objects into the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR). Stanford University Libraries' (SUL) SDR manages hundreds of terabytes of assets and the successful, automated ingestion of digital objects and their metadata will be key to its success. The objects ingested may come from many sources, from digital library collections to Google-scanned books and the metadata for the collections will need to be examined with an eye both to schema and successful discovery in SUL’s discovery environment, SearchWorks.

Reporting to the Database Manager within the Metadata Department, the successful candidate will ensure the timely flow of objects and their metadata into the SDR through the collaborative use of the principles and practices of both the Digital Library Systems and Services Department (DLSS) and the Metadata Department. Coordination with principles for the loading of bulk metadata into the Sirsi/DYNIX ILS, Symphony, will also be essential.

This is a four-year, fixed-term position. It is double posted at the 3P3 and 3P4 levels.


The primary duty of the Discovery Metadata Librarian is the accessioning of digital objects and their associated metadata into the SDR. This includes the analysis of metadata supplied by publishers and indexing services for a variety for formats (supplemental, article-level, image, audio, etc.) with regards to quality and completeness. The Discovery Metadata Librarian will assist in the specification of policies and schemas for ingestion and be responsible for the transformation of accessioned objects and their metadata to match these standards including, if necessary, remediation. The accessioning of SUL’s Google-scanned books will be a key focus. The Discovery Metadata Librarian will contribute to the definition and documentation of the accessioning process and formation of metadata policies for effective discovery. Of key consideration will be the coordination of metadata across all digital and print collections to harmonize conflicts and inconsistencies so that they can function effectively in a unified discovery environment.


Minimum Qualifications:

Demonstrated understanding of the theory and structure of library-related discovery metadata

Familiarity with traditional cataloging practice and rules such as AACR2 and RDA

Familiarity with non-bibliographic metadata standards, such as technical, preservation, structural, packaging and transfer metadata schemes

Knowledge and experience with MODS, EAD or similar metadata standards

Familiarity with XML, RDF and other machine-actionable metadata languages

Demonstrated ability to use online and PC-based applications for data analysis and reporting

Demonstrated ability to use or proven ability to learn basic tools, such as XSLT or scripting to transform or remediate metadata

Excellent analytical and problem solving skills combined with attention to detail for complex, detail-oriented work

Excellent oral and written communication skills

Ability to work independently, as a team member, and across organizational boundaries in a highly demanding environment

Flexibility to be organized, productive and effective in a dynamic environment, involved with a variety of simultaneous projects

Preferred Qualifications:

MLS or equivalent in knowledge and expertise

Broad knowledge of library repository functions, services, and requirements

Experience with metadata transformations and cross-walking tools

Familiarity with Stanford University Libraries and its Digital Library environment

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