Stanford Libraries has an opening for a Digital Library Data Administrator for
the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR). This person has primary responsibility
to ensure consistent specification, collection, generation, and enrichment of
metadata for objects in the Stanford Digital Repository. The incumbent will
serve as a resource in creating metadata and supporting metadata creation by
others, identifying and resolving both metadata and content problems, and will
play a key role in the Library's efforts to coordinate best metadata practices
in support of improving the discoverability and long-term management of the
library's digital assets.
Within the Libraries, this position reports to the Stanford Digital Repository
Operations Manager. The post-holder is an integral member of SUL's digital
library team, and works closely with its product and service managers in
shaping and supporting SDR, as well as other developers and system
administrators in system engineering and delivery. The successful candidate
will bring experience and passion leveraging metadata and information
technologies to maximize the value of digital repositories in enriching the
This is a four-year fixed-term position with the possibility of an extension.
Duties and Responsibilities
Oversight and management of repository metadata (50%)
Responsible for overall quality and consistency of all forms of object
metadata for specific collections and across all collections through
requirements and proactive quality assurance reviews; responsible for defining
mappings, transforming and remediating metadata through a variety of tools or
simple scripting; identifying problems with processes or data, performing root
cause analysis and troubleshooting for data issues in the pipeline as well as
resolving exceptions where appropriate. Scope includes all forms of metadata
-- bibliographic description (in collaboration with the Metadata unit),
technical forms of metadata like content descriptions, and administrative
metadata that ensures proper repository policy and process rules apply.
Standards and best practices (30%)
Working with colleagues in DLSS, the Metadata unit, Special Collections,
subject specialists, and the repository community to define best practices for
descriptive and technical metadata to enhance discovery and provide long term
viability of digital repository objects. As a primary metadata practitioner,
participate in the analysis and adoption of new metadata standards, specify
requirements for tools and metadata management interfaces, in particular help
identify requirements and specifications for, and validate development of, a
next generation metadata management interface to replace Metadata Toolkit, one
that supports traditional descriptive metadata as well as new forms like RDF
and linked data.
Documentation and training (10%)
Author and/or coordinate documentation of metadata requirements, processes and
procedures. Provide user documentation, consulting and training for
distributed online metadata management.
Operations support (10%)
Reporting of overall status of quality and accessioning; perform routine
administrative tasks such as schema conversions; investigate and resolve data
related production issues; provide management support, for instance running
SDR operational reports as identified by the SDR Operations Manager.
* Demonstrated successful experience in understanding of the purpose and structure of library-related metadata
* Knowledge and experience with MODS, EAD and similar metadata standards associated with bibliographic collections; a familiarity with traditional cataloging practice and rules
* Demonstrated experience with one or more non-bibliographic metadata standards, such as technical, preservation, structural, packaging and transfer metadata schemes.
* Working knowledge of XML, RDF and other machine actionable metadata languages
* Demonstrated experience with online or PC-based applications for data analysis and reporting
* Demonstrated experience with basic tools, such as XSLT or scripting, to transform or remediate metadata, or demonstrated ability to learn similar new tools
* Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills combined with attention to detail
* Demonstrated experience in strong oral and written communications
* Demonstrated experience working independently, as a team member, and across organizational boundaries
* Demonstrated flexibility to be organized, productive and effective in a dynamic environment, involved with a variety of simultaneous projects.
* MLS or equivalent in knowledge and experience
* Broad knowledge of library and repository functions, services, and requirements.
* Awareness of digital preservation issues, concepts, and practices
* Experience with metadata transformations and cross-walking tools
* Familiarity with Stanford Libraries and its Digital Library environment
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