Head of Metadata and Collections

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Created: June 11, 2013


The University of Virginia Library seeks innovative and forward-looking leadership for Metadata and Collections Management for the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library.

Reporting to the Director of the Small Special Collections Library, the Head of Metadata and Collections Management will be responsible for administration, budgeting, planning, staffing, supervision, and evaluation of integrated technical services and inventory management for the Library’s collections, in all formats, including born-digital content.

The Head also provides both leadership and expertise in library-wide efforts to prioritize, develop and implement discovery and access systems that support research and instructional use of the Library’s unique resources. He/she will work collaboratively with curators, conservators, and others to ensure preservation of the collections; work with others to define and support a program for digitization of library holdings; and, promote the further development of digital library content and functionality.

He/she will serve as a principal liaison for the Small Library to other U. Va. library units and university departments, to fulfill the library’s goals and objectives for effective metadata & collections management. As a member of the Small Special Collections Library’s Management Team, the Head will set goals and priorities for the Small Library overall, in support of the U. Va. Library’s and the University’s strategic goals.

The Head of Metadata and Collections Management will supervise a team composed of full-time staff as well as student assistants, interns, and volunteers, and will cultivate a forward-looking, collaborative environment, set high user-centered service standards, and foster an environment of continuous improvement.

Required Qualifications:

Education: ALA-accredited MLIS or equivalent degree, OR graduate-level advanced training and certification in archival practice and administration, OR equivalent training and experience

Experience: 4-7 years of full-time professional archival or special collections library experience in technical services. Substantive experience processing manuscript and/or archival collections, creating EAD-encoded archival finding aids, and preparing MARC records for archives and manuscripts essential; experience applying applicable standards and best practices for description and management of rare books and other printed media highly desirable. 3-5 years of supervisory experience in a library or archives.

Preferred Qualifications:

Education: Undergraduate degree in the humanities; second advanced degree, preferably in the Humanities.

Experience: Considerable experience with archival management systems (e.g., Archon, Archivist ToolKit, ArchivesSpace) and/or managing manuscript and archival metadata in an integrated library system.

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