I wanted to let you know about a job opening at the Yale library for someone with experience in metadata management, analysis, transformations, etc., as well as automation, scripting, programming, etc..
The job description (below) includes a lot of details and may seem like it's asking for too much, but it's really quite flexible, and mainly we're looking for someone who has programming skills and can help advance some important and exciting metadata initiatives underway at Yale.
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Subject: [Yulibl] Professional Opportunity - Metadata Librarian - Sterling Memorial Library (#8541BR)
Catalog & Metadata Services
Yale University Library
Rank: Librarian I-III
Fixed Duration: 2 years from date of hire; non-renewable
The University and the Library
The Yale University Library, as one of the world's leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and supports the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including approximately thirteen million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaging in numerous projects to expand access to its physical and digital collections. Housed in twenty-two buildings including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the new Bass Library, it employs a dynamic and diverse staff of nearly six hundred who offer innovative and flexible services to library readers. To learn more about Yale University Library and its collections and services, visit www.library.yale.edu<http://www.library.yale.edu/>.
Within the University Library, Technical Services departments pursue a course of continual change and innovation in building integrated, university-wide information access systems. These systems are designed to provide readers timely access to new materials in all formats as well as a high-quality bibliographic record of Yale's extraordinary library collections, which have developed over the last three centuries. Our collections continue to grow at more than 200,000 volumes per year, including an increasing number of materials in digital form.
Under the general direction of the Metadata Services and Catalog Management Team Leader, works closely with other librarians and support staff on the team and across the departments of the Library to provide a variety of metadata production and consultation services for a wide range of analog and digital projects within the Library and across the campus. The Metadata Librarian will also be responsible for developing metadata maintenance projects, as well as automation programs and tools that will enhance the productivity and improve work processes of both the team and the department of Catalog and Metadata Services.
Participates in and contributes to metadata production and consulting services. Identifies and implements appropriate metadata standards for the digital projects that the team and department engage in; contributes to the development and maintenance of the library's metadata initiatives and operations. Creates metadata records for the functional requirements of a project; designs and applies metadata mapping profiles for conversion of metadata from one schema to another for production purposes; develops and implements workflows and procedures for specific collection projects. Provides consultation and guidance to colleagues in other departments or libraries and supports faculty members and/or students for their teaching, research, and learning endeavors. Participates in the planning and implementation of special projects and initiatives. Implements development plans and monitors the timely progress of the ongoing projects; and provides training and documentation for project related activities. Participates in the upcoming OCLC reclamation project to ensure the full representation of Yale Library's holdings on the WorldCat; and facilitates the development of the project in different phases.
Develops and implements metadata and cataloging tools and applications. Assesses and analyzes the automation needs of the team and department for both metadata and cataloging operations; explores, evaluates, and implements both open source and vendors' software applications and programs that support and improve the current metadata and/or cataloging functions; customizes existing cataloging applications and toolkits to enhance productivity and efficiency. Applies programming and scripting languages to support the technical requirements; meets the production needs and challenges for metadata creation, conversion, implementation, and maintenance; develops and/or customizes API applications and tools for automation of processing and new services; participates in the collaborative development of next-generation discovery tools and interfaces. Provides metadata training and supports metadata troubleshooting. Designs and provides technical training for staff in the department and across the library in the application of metadata standards and the Yale metadata best practices, and works closely with Training and Documentation Librarian in developing training documents and workshops.
Engages in continuous professional development. Takes advantage of professional training and learning opportunities inside and outside of Yale to expend and deepen the knowledge of metadata theory and practices, digital library development, and emerging information technologies; participates in departmental and library wide committees and collaborative programs; attends and/or make presentations at both regional and national professional conferences. May be required to assist in disaster recovery efforts. May be assigned to work at West Campus location in West Haven, CT.
Master's Degree from an ALA-accredited program for library and information sciences, or graduate degree in a related subject field. Appointment to the rank of Librarian II requires two years of relevant professional experience and demonstrated professional accomplishments appropriate to the rank. Appointment to Librarian III requires five years of professional library experience and demonstrated professional accomplishments appropriate to the rank. Familiarity with current and emerging metadata standards and schemas including MARCXML, Dublin Core, MODS, and METS. Sound knowledge of XML, XSLT, and XPath. Proficient computer skills and experience with heterogeneous operating systems including Windows, Mac, and UNIX/Linux. Knowledge of computer hardware and software application related to library services. Skills in programming and scripting languages, preferably Java and PHP. Working familiarity with OCLC WorldCat and one local library management system (preferably Voyager). Strong analytical, problem solving, and academic research skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to manage a variety of tasks and multiple priorities. Logical and enthusiastic approach to work; careful attention to detail; initiative and follow-through in equal measure. Ability to work well independently and with others across different departments and units. Ability to excel in rapidly changing academic environment.
Preferred: One to two years of experience working with metadata standards and production in an academic library; and professional experience developing library related software applications and system improvements. Experience in project management and cross-unit collaboration. Knowledge of cataloging standards and practices, including authority control, and subject analysis. Knowledge of MARC standards and their application. Knowledge of controlled vocabulary, and terminology development and implementation. Reading knowledge of one or more foreign languages. Knowledge of current trends and best practices in metadata and digital library production and services. Sound SQL and database query skills.
Salary and Benefits
Rank and competitive salary will be based upon the successful candidate's qualifications and experience. Full benefits package including pro-rated 22 vacation days; 18 holiday, recess and personal days; comprehensive health care; TIAA/CREF or Yale retirement plan; and relocation assistance. Applications consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names of three professional references should be sent by creating an account and applying online at www.yale.edu/jobs<http://www.yale.edu/jobs> for immediate consideration - the STARS req ID for this position is 8541BR. Please be sure to reference #8541BR in your cover letter.
Background Check Requirements
All external candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment screening. All offers are contingent on successful completion of a background check.
Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Yale values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups.
Metadata and Emerging Technologies Librarian
Catalog & Metadata Services
Sterling Memorial Library
PO Box 208240
New Haven, CT 06520
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