Metadata Librarian for Continuing Resources, Scholarship and Data

New Brunswick
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Created: August 26, 2013


The Rutgers University Libraries (RUL) seek an innovative, flexible, and energetic individual to serve as Metadata Librarian for Continuing Resources, Scholarship and Data, supporting the system-wide resource access needs of Rutgers University. The individual will provide leadership, management, and strategic planning for bibliographic access to print and electronic continuing resources, scholarly papers and presentations, and research data in all formats, ensuring effective and accurate access to these resources in the library’s catalog, institutional repository and forthcoming webscale discovery layer environments. This position will provide metadata for resources in the scholarly information cycle, from research data to scholarly articles and published journals. The successful candidate will collaborate with library and academic faculty to describe and facilitate access to faculty publications and complex research data resulting from grants and other research activities, using the libraries’ RUcore cyberinfrastructure. In consultation with other librarians and the Associate University Librarian (AUL), Digital Library Services, this position will:
  • Ensure effective and accurate access to print and electronic continuing resources utilizing AACR2/MARC and RDA, when locally implemented, in the library’s SirsiDynix catalog and forthcoming webscale discovery environment. 
  • Work with library liaison faculty, academic faculty and others to understand the current and emerging needs of faculty for access, impact and reuse of scholarly and research resources in the RUcore repository. 
  • Engage with library liaison faculty and RUcore managers and developers to design and implement tools, services and support new modes of scholarly communication , education and research at Rutgers University.
  • Develop application profiles and strategies to integrate continuing resources (e.g., journals, newspapers, yearbooks) into the Libraries’ RUcore repository.
  • Define metadata requirements for research data and scholarly publications, establish application profiles and develop vocabularies to ensure a heavily used interdisciplinary institutional repository.
  • Collaborate with other metadata librarians to develop ontology services for a wide range of education and research needs.
  • Provide leadership and management to the Continuing Resources, Scholarship and Research Metadata unit of Central Technical Services, consisting of two full-time staff catalogers.
  • Participate in library committees, provide training and leadership within the department, and coordinate the provision of metadata services provided by departmental staff to a wide range of digital projects.
  • Remain abreast of current technologies and trends and represent the libraries in professional associations and at conferences in this area.

This tenure track faculty position reports to the AUL for Digital Library Systems, is a member of the Technical and Automated Services (TAS) library faculty, and will work closely in teams with the Centralized Technical Services and Scholarly Communication units. The successful candidate must demonstrate a commitment to scholarship through research, conference presentations, and publications. The individual must also demonstrate a commitment to continual professional development through participation in and leadership in the work of relevant professional associations and service to RUL and the university.

QUALIFICATIONS: An ALA-accredited MLS or its equivalent is required. A minimum of three years’ library experience, including resource description; proven familiarity and direct experience with digital library collections and institutional repositories; knowledge of metadata standards such as AACR2, RDA, MODS, and Dublin Core required. The successful candidate must possess excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to work collegially in a team-oriented environment. Successful experience in providing metadata description to a variety of digital resources, including scholarly publications, research data, and print and electronic continuing resources is strongly preferred. Supervisory or team management experience is preferred. Demonstrated commitment to fostering diversity is required. Candidates who have had successful experience in the design and delivery of services for diverse populations will be given preference. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the United States.

SALARY/STATUS: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

BENEFITS: Faculty status, twelve-month appointment, retirement plan, life/health insurance, prescription drug, dental and vision plans, tuition remission, 22 vacation days annually.

LIBRARY PROFILE: The Rutgers University Libraries, comprising libraries on the University’s Camden, New Brunswick, and Newark campuses, all reporting to the Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, operate as a unified library system with coordinated public, technical services, and collection development programs including digital initiatives and a pioneering institutional repository. The Libraries have highly valued staff of about 300 who are committed to developing innovations in access services, information literacy and digital initiatives. The Libraries operate with a budget of $28 million and outstanding collections especially in jazz and New Jerseyana. The Rutgers University Libraries are a member of ARL, CRL, Lyrasis, Metro, NERL, and VALE, and use Sirsi Dynix and OCLC as primary bibliographic utilities and Fedora repository software. In concert with the integration of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey into Rutgers University, the libraries connected with those schools in Newark and New Brunswick will become part of the Rutgers University Libraries system as of July 1, 2013. The combined enrollment across all three campuses is more than 58,000 students from all 50 states and 125 countries working toward degrees in 28 schools and colleges with an overall emphasis on arts and sciences. The Rutgers University New Brunswick campus is the largest of the three regional campuses, supporting over 33,000 graduate and undergraduate students, in approximately 100 undergraduate programs, more than 80 graduate/professional programs, and 60 doctoral programs as a Carnegie Classification Research University (very high research activity) campus. Rutgers University is a member of the Association of American Universities and is an ADVANCE institution, committed to increase diversity and the participation and advancement of women in the STEM disciplines. Rutgers is also a member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), the nation’s premier higher education consortium of top tier research institutions, composed of members of the Big Ten Conference plus the University of Chicago.

TO APPLY: REVIEW OF APPLICATIONS AND INTERVIEWS WILL BEGIN IMMEDIATELY AND CONTINUE UNTIL THE POSITION IS FILLED. SUBMIT RESUME, COVER LETTER, NAMES OF THREE REFERENCES AND WHERE THE POSITION WAS ADVERTISED TO: Lila Fredenburg (APP. 211), Director of Administrative Services, Rutgers University Libraries, 169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1163, email:, FAX: 732-932-7637 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action employer. The Libraries are strongly and actively committed to diversity, and seek candidates who will contribute creatively to the University’s multicultural environment.

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