Metadata Librarian

Santa Cruz
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Created: August 31, 2013


The University Library at the University of California, Santa Cruz seeks a skilled, innovative, and knowledgeable professional for the position of Metadata Librarian in the Technical Services Department. Reporting to the head of technical services, the metadata librarian works collaboratively to provide leadership and direction in metadata and metadata practices in cooperation with a wide range of stakeholders. The metadata librarian serves as the library's primary resource for non-MARC metadata design, structure, and standards. This new position will play a major role in the library's efforts to develop and coordinate best practices in providing a holistic approach to metadata practices, working to ensure the interoperability and sustainability of metadata in bibliographic systems within the library as well as metadata contributed to California Digital Library services and other external sources.

The metadata librarian supports initiatives related to digitization, special collections access, and other metadata-dependent efforts to describe, manage, expose, and share collections with users. The metadata librarian participates in the development, implementation, and evaluation of metadata policies, goals, and procedures. The position works closely with the heads of technical services, digital initiatives, and special collections to set -- and ensure the uniform application of -- standards for resource description of the library's local and unique digital collections.

The position engages in authority control processes to provide intellectual control over the application of personal names, place names, and subject headings as a component of the metadata process.

The metadata librarian serves as a resource to colleagues, locally and within the University of California library system, on metadata issues and practices. The position will monitor trends in national resource description standards and emerging technologies, applying developments as appropriate and informing colleagues of potential impact on local practices.
Professional librarians at UC are academic appointees. They are entitled to appropriate professional leave, two days per month of vacation leave, one day per month of sick leave, and a generous benefit program including an excellent retirement system. The University sponsors a variety of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans. More details regarding Library job opportunities can be found at:

RANK: Associate Librarian

SALARY: Appointment Salary Range, $49,464-$54,444;commensurate with qualifications and experience


MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution
Minimum of 2 years of professional metadata creation experience in an academic or research library or equivalent professional venue (e.g. museum, grant project, historical society).
Demonstrated knowledge of MARC and non-MARC metadata formats, standards and schema (e.g., Dublin Core, METS, MODS, EAD, etc.)
Experience with principles of authority control, including selecting and applying controlled vocabularies and ontologies to local collections
Experience using emerging technologies for metadata management and delivery
Knowledge of discovery tools and metadata practices supporting discovery, specifically in a library context
Experience working with collection management systems such as CONTENTdm and Archivists' Toolkit
Experience working with collaborative cross-departmental project teams
Experience working in support of a special collections and/or digital collections environment
Experience with a national bibliographic utility such as OCLC and an integrated library system such as Innovative Interfaces' Millennium
Experience with XML and XLST metadata transforms and familiarity with data interchange standards
Experience creating NACO-compliant authority records or formal NACO training
Experience with scripting languages, especially related to metadata manipulation
Experience working with vendors on metadata cleanup and enhancement projects
Knowledge of preservation metadata standards such as PREMIS
Experience with training and consulting
Evidence of flexibility and ability to adapt in a rapidly changing environment
Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
TO APPLY: Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system, and must include a letter of application which addresses how you meet the basic qualifications for this position, résumé, and names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three references who can be contacted.* Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

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Refer to Position #JPF00060-14T in all correspondence.

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CLOSING DATE: Review of applications will begin on September 26, 2013
To ensure full consideration, applications should be complete by this date. The position will remain open until filled, but not later than 1/3/2014.
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