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Re: Job: Head, Digital Projects & Metadata, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University

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"Ashton, Andrew" <[log in to unmask]>

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Code for Libraries <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Tue, 7 Feb 2012 16:47:28 -0500

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We have many jobs (even *gasp* jobs with 'Librarian' in the title) that
don't require an MLS.  So I think it goes to the culture/history of the
individual institution.

On Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 4:41 PM, Ethan Gruber <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Interesting point about the flexibility of librarians, but it's certainly
> possible to be knowledgeable and experienced with information management
> and developing sophisticated metadata systems without having an MLS.  I'm
> not reflecting on Yale specifically, but many of the job postings that fit
> into this category that I have seen posted to code4lib over the years
> require an MLS/MLIS.  I think it's fair to ask why this is the case.
>
> Ethan
>
> On Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 4:32 PM, Kimberly Silk <
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> > Because we are trained in information management, and many of us
> > specialize in management of digital assets. That said, there are many
> other
> > professions that also have these skills and passion for the digital bit.
> > Since it's Yale, there is likely an employment agreement that the library
> > will hire those with an MLS or equivalent.
> >
> > Things change slowly in academia - but as librarians explore new roles,
> so
> > should university libraries consider other types of professions. There's
> a
> > lot of cross-over.
> >
> > Kim
> >
> > --------------------------------------------
> > Kimberly Silk, MLS
> > Data Librarian, Martin Prosperity Institute
> > Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
> > E: [log in to unmask]
> > T: http://twitter.com/kimberlysilk
> > Skype: kimberly.silk
> >
> >
> >
> > On 2012-02-07, at 4:27 PM, Ethan Gruber wrote:
> >
> > > Why are MLS degrees always required for these sorts of jobs?
> > >
> > > Ethan
> > >
> > > On Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 4:21 PM, <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > >
> > >> Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and
> > growth in
> > >> New Haven, Connecticut. Conveniently located between Boston and New
> > York,
> > >> New
> > >> Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources
> > that
> > >> include two major art museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory
> theater,
> > >> state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of
> > Architecture,
> > >> Art, Drama, and Music.
> > >>
> > >> **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 is a highly valued partner in the teaching and research
> > >> missions of
> > >> Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive
> > >> strength is
> > >> its rich spectrum of resources, including more than 12.5 million
> volumes
> > >> and
> > >> information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed
> > >> books
> > >> to electronic databases. The Library is engaged in numerous digital
> > >> initiatives designed to provide access to a full array of scholarly
> > >> information. Housed in the Sterling Memorial Library and twenty school
> > and
> > >> departmental libraries, it employs a dynamic, diverse, and innovative
> > >> staff of
> > >> over 500who have the opportunity to work with the highest caliber of
> > >> faculty
> > >> and students, participate on committees, and are involved in other
> > areas of
> > >> staff development. For additional information on the Yale University
> > >> Library,
> > >> please visit the Library's web site at[http://www.library.y
> > >> ale.edu/](http://www.library.yale.edu/).
> > >>
> > >> **Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library**
> > >> The Beinecke Library is Yale's principal repository for literary
> papers
> > and
> > >> early manuscripts and rare books. In addition to distinguished general
> > >> collections, the library houses the Osborn Collection, noted for its
> > >> British
> > >> and literary and historical manuscripts, and outstanding special
> > >> collections
> > >> devoted to American literature, German literature, and Western
> > Americana.
> > >> The
> > >> Beinecke's collections include materials ranging from medieval
> > manuscripts
> > >> to
> > >> born-digital electronic records, audio and video. The Beinecke has
> > >> undertaken
> > >> an ambitious digitization program and offers online access to over
> > 150,000
> > >> images through its Digital Images Online database, as well as access
> to
> > >> streaming audio and video, and to a host of online exhibitions and
> > digital
> > >> projects involving blogs, podcasts, and social-tagging. The Beinecke
> is
> > >> currently engaged in bringing intentionality to the development of the
> > >> Library's digital resources and projects, and to providing responsive
> > and
> > >> effective services to online users of the Beinecke's materials as well
> > as
> > >> thoughtful integration with other digital efforts at Yale. For
> > additional
> > >> information about the Beinecke Library, visit[
> > >> http://www.library.yale.edu/bein
> > >> ecke/.](http://www.library.yale.edu/beinecke/)
> > >>
> > >> **General Purpose**
> > >> Under the general direction of the Head of Technical Services and
> > working
> > >> in
> > >> close collaboration with the Head of Technology and Digital Assets,
> the
> > >> Digital Imaging Studio Production Manager, and units across the
> Beinecke
> > >> Library, the Head of Digital Projects & Metadata plays a leading role
> in
> > >> creating, describing, and delivering digitized resources and in
> > exploring,
> > >> proposing, and developing innovative tools and services that improve
> the
> > >> ability of scholars, students, and educators to make use of existing
> and
> > >> emerging digital resources.
> > >>
> > >> **Responsibilities**
> > >> The Head of Digital Projects & Metadata is responsible for the
> > day-to-day
> > >> management of a variety of digital projects and is responsible for
> > >> overseeing
> > >> and creating metadata across a wide range of materials including
> > >> manuscripts,
> > >> photographs, ephemera, art objects, maps, prints and drawings, books,
> > and
> > >> other printed material. The Head of Digital Projects & Metadata
> provides
> > >> leadership and technical expertise in the investigation and
> application
> > of
> > >> new
> > >> metadata standards; defines input standards; devises quality control
> > >> routines;
> > >> proposes local policies and procedures; maintains and enhances current
> > >> metadata infrastructure and practices; prepares and evaluates material
> > for
> > >> digital capture; participates in managing the workflow of the Digital
> > >> Studio
> > >> and coordinates and supervises metadata creation by staff, student
> > >> assistants,
> > >> and interns; hires and supervises Digital Projects & Metadata staff;
> > >> provides
> > >> guidance, training, skill development, and performance evaluation;
> > >> participates in the formulation of policies and procedures for the
> > >> Technical
> > >> Services Department. The Head of Digital Projects & Metadata is a
> > liaison
> > >> to
> > >> the Technology and Digital Assets Department and works collaboratively
> > with
> > >> other Library staff to develop and employ improved interfaces and
> > delivery
> > >> tools. The Head of Digital Projects & Metadata represents the Beinecke
> > in
> > >> Yale
> > >> University Library-wide and nationally, in discussions and committees
> > >> pertaining to metadata, cataloging standards, and digital initiatives
> > for
> > >> digital library development at Yale, and is active professionally. May
> > be
> > >> required to assist with disaster recovery efforts. May be assigned to
> > work
> > >> on
> > >> West Campus.
> > >>
> > >> **Qualifications**
> > >> MLS from an ALA-accredited library science program. Cataloging
> > experience
> > >> in a
> > >> research or academic library setting, preferably with special
> > collections
> > >> materials. Demonstrated familiarity with the basic principles and
> > standards
> > >> for descriptive cataloging of rare printed materials, archival and
> > >> manuscript
> > >> material, or visual materials. Knowledge of established and emerging
> > >> metadata
> > >> schemes (Dublin Core, EAD, EAC-CPF,MODS, MARC, VRA Core, CDWA),
> content
> > >> standards (AACR2, DCRM, DACS, CCO), and thesauri (LCSH, NAF, AAT,
> TGM).
> > >> Bibliographic knowledge of at least one modern Western European
> > language.
> > >> Excellent technical aptitude with computer applications such as MS
> Excel
> > >> and
> > >> MS Access. Experience with library management systems such as Voyager.
> > >> Experience with digital reformatting projects; experience with project
> > >> management tools and techniques; demonstrated ability to use databases
> > and
> > >> develop functional requirements for them; knowledge of the principles,
> > >> standards, and technological framework of digital preservation; strong
> > >> commitment to enhancing service through teamwork and responsiveness to
> > >> clients
> > >> and project partners, both internal and external. Ability to excel in
> a
> > >> rapidly changing environment. Demonstrated ability to work
> > collaboratively
> > >> across units, organize and coordinate work, handle multiple projects
> > >> simultaneously, meet deadlines, and be an effective contributor to a
> > >> production-oriented, project environment. Excellent written and oral
> > >> communication skills. Supervisory experience required. One year of
> > >> professional experience required. For appointment to the rank of
> > Librarian
> > >> II
> > >> requires two years of professional experience and professional
> > >> accomplishments. For appointment to the rank of Librarian III requires
> > five
> > >> years of professional experience and professional accomplishments.
> > >>
> > >> **Salary and Benefits**
> > >> We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and
> > >> excellence of
> > >> a career at Yale University. One of the country's great workplaces,
> Yale
> > >> University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment
> > and
> > >> true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a
> > wide
> > >> variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family
> > and
> > >> educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive
> > >> recreational
> > >> facilities, and much more.
> > >>
> > >> Applications consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and
> > >> contact
> > >> information of three professional references should be sent by
> creating
> > an
> > >> account and applying onlineatfor immediate consideration - the
> > >> STARS req ID for this position is 15467BR. Please be sure to
> reference #
> > >> 15467BR in your cover letter.
> > >>
> > >> Background Check Requirements
> > >>
> > >> All external candidates for employment will be subject to
> pre-employment
> > >> background screening for this position, which may include motor
> vehicle
> > and
> > >> credit checks based on the position description and job requirements.
> > >> Internal
> > >> candidates may be subject to a motor vehicle or credit check for this
> > >> position
> > >> based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are
> > >> contingent on successful completion of the required background
> > >> check.
> > >>
> > >> Please visitfor additional information on the background check
> > >> requirements and
> > >> process.
> > >>
> > >>
> > >> 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.
> > >>
> > >>
> > >>
> > >> Brought to you by code4lib jobs: http://jobs.code4lib.org/job/782/
> > >>
> >
>



-- 
Andrew Ashton
Director of Digital Technologies
Brown University Library

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