Metadata Technology Specialist

New York City
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Created: March 15, 2012


About the position

As a member of Knowledge Access Design and Development (KADD) within NYU Libraries Knowledge Access and Resource Management Services (KARMS), the Metadata Technology Specialist supports bibliographic discovery and access within the NYU Library system. He or she analyzes, designs and implements automation scripts and methods for metadata extraction, transformation, and ingest; develops tools, training and documentation in support of metadata encoding and transformation; assists in database table maintenance, system reporting, analysis, trouble-shooting, and upgrades; contributes to research and development of NYU metadata projects and initiatives; and consults with colleagues in other NYU library departments.

About us

The NYU Division of Libraries serves 40,000 students and faculty, manages more 5 million book volumes, 100,000 serial subscriptions, including 90,000 electronic journals, a half million electronic books, 30,000 linear feet of archival materials, 1,700,000 photographs or photo negatives, well over 100,000 audio and video recordings in a variety of physical formats, and 250,000 digital resources (occupying over 100 terabytes) in about 30 collections. NYU Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Research Libraries Group Partnership of OCLC, and the Digital Library Federation. The Libraries also serve as the administrative headquarters of the Research Library Association of South Manhattan, a consortium that includes New School and Cooper Union. The NY School of Interior Design, New-York Historical Society and the Brooklyn Historical Society also participate in the use of the ILS. For the NYU Libraries Mission and Strategic Plan go to

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information science, library science, or related field.
  • 3 years related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Demonstrated experience with XML and XSLT, experience working in Linux/Unix server environments, and experience performing data analysis on a variety of data formats. Preferred: Experience working in a library, particularly an academic or research library. Experience with one or more of the suite of Ex Libris products (Primo, Aleph, Metalib, SFX); cataloging experience or training.
  • Excellent analytical, customer service, and communication skills. Knowledge of metadata standards, including MARC and Dublin Core. Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and establish appropriate priorities. Ability to work productively on cross-departmental teams. Demonstrated ability to document workflows and teach others. Experience writing scripts in Perl, PHP, bash, Python, or Ruby. Knowledge of database architecture and SQL. Preferred: Knowledge of library technology protocols such as OpenURL, OAI-PMH, Z39.5-, SRU/W. Experience with Lucene/Solr. 

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