Metadata Librarian

University Park
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Created: July 10, 2013


The Pennsylvania State University Libraries seek an innovative and highly motivated librarian to provide creative leadership and expertise in the development of metadata for effective access to our digital and web resources. This is a tenure-track faculty position, reporting to the Head of the Cataloging and Metadata Services Department.  Responsibilities include providing expertise and leadership for improved discovery and access to the Libraries’ digital collections, scholarly communications initiatives and web resources by planning, implementing, and assessing metadata strategies appropriate to these initiatives; Collaborating with other librarians and library staff, Penn State faculty, and colleagues in other research institutions to evaluate and apply appropriate metadata schemas for digital collections, held by the Libraries and University; Providing leadership in the development of relevant metadata standards, policies and procedures, with particular responsibility for digital resources; contributing standards-based knowledge and practices towards metadata prototyping for a range of scholarly publishing projects.

Requires an MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent degree in a related field; Experience using emerging technologies for metadata management and delivery such as RDA and linked data; knowledge of metadata and encoding standards used in libraries and in scholarly publishing (Dublin Core, EAD, MODS/METS, XML, TEI, MARC 21); Strong technical skills, problem-solving abilities, and experience in data modeling and conceptualization.

For a more complete description of responsibilities and position requirements, please visit  Apply by sending a letter of application, resumé, and the contact information of three references to  Please reference Box META-ALA in the email subject line.  Review of candidates will begin on August 19, 2013 and continue until the position is filled.  Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

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