Digital Project/ Research Metadata Specialist at Milner Library

This position will assist in a variety of tasks for the Step Right Up: Digitizing Over 100 Years of Circus Route Books project, funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Hidden Collections Grant. The Digital Project/ Research Metadata Specialist will be responsible for metadata/cataloging and research activities related to the Circus Route Books digital collection. The job entails working with a variety of software and platforms requiring great attention to detail and sound judgment. Duties include, but are not limited to, research, creating and editing Wikidata and bibliographic records, Library of Congress name authority stub records, and contribute to the creation of a digital exhibit. This is a short term (September 2020 – April 2021), part-time position. The role collaborates with the Cataloging and Metdata Librarian, Special Collections, and the Digital Collections Department.

Job Description/Duties:

Apply critical thinking skills in the research and disambiguation of circus and circus performer names
Document, research and incorporate findings into descriptive metadata
Accurately enter information in Library of Congress name authority stub records, search and edit MARC bibliographic records in OCLC Connexion
Perform database/repositories searching
Verify names, subject terms, and other pertinent information against the Library of Congress authority file
Create Wikidata entries, verify and search metadata in Wikidata
Accurately enter descriptive information in Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, CONTENTdm, Omeka/Neatline and/or Scalar digital space
Assist with the ingest and revisions of metadata into CONTENTdm
Create an online exhibit - research, contribute writings, and compile required metadata for exhibit
Write detailed and concise captions/labels, essays for material in a digital space
Quality control check and appropriately arrange/edit images and text for use in a digital space
Additional duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

A bachelor’s degree in library and information science, history, digital humanities, or a related field
Library cataloging experience and/or ability to understand and consistently implement metadata formats and standards, MARC, Dublin Core, RDA; core understanding of bibliographic records and controlled vocabularies, Library of Congress Name Authorities and Subject Headings
Experience using OCLC Connexion, CONTENTdm, Scalar, Omeka, and/or other digital asset management system
Proficient in searching bibliographic and research databases/repositories
Demonstrated research and analytical skills
Knowledge with creating Wikidata entries
Experience writing for exhibits and blog posts
Ability to analyze data and synthesize best practices
Demonstrated attention to detail and strong aptitude for accuracy
Ability to manage diverse assignments and meet deadlines; demonstrated time management and organizational skills
Work independently, communicate, and collaborate successfully in a team environment
Extensive experience using word processing and spreadsheet programs such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.

Desired Qualifications:

Graduate from an accredited Master of Library and Information Science program or related field
Interest in descriptive metadata, discoverability, and linked data
Interest in circus, special collections and cultural heritage digital collections
Experience in digital humanities
Experience working in academic libraries or relevant field

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