MWDL Digital Metadata Librarian/Research Associate Librarian or Research
Department 00790 - Marriott Library - Operations
Track Non Tenure Track
New Position to Begin July 1, 2013
Mountain West Digital Library (UALC)
Digital Metadata Librarian
Half-time Temporary (20 hrs./wk.)
The Mountain West Digital Library (MWDL) seeks to fill two exciting temporary
Librarian positions: Assistant Director/Outreach Librarian and Digital
Metadata Librarian. These positions are made possible with recent grant awards
to MWDL through the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), the first
national digital library in the U.S. MWDL is one of the first seven service
hubs in DPLA's Digital Hubs Pilot Project and has received funding from three
national agencies/foundations via DPLA. The purposes of MWDL's participation
in the DPLA Project are (1) to provide a digital "on ramp" to memory
institutions in the Mountain West region, currently including Utah, Nevada,
and southern Idaho, and with partners in Hawaii and Arizona; and (2) to expand
MWDL services, improve its service model and funding model for long-term
sustainability, and share the lessons learned with other regional and state
collaboratives. These two positions are funded through August 31, 2014, under
the DPLA Digital Hubs Pilot Project grants.
University of Utah Title: Research Librarian (non-tenure track career-line
faculty) at the J. Willard Marriott Library, with rank based on experience and
vote of Marriott Library faculty.
Description of Position: The Digital Metadata Librarian of the Mountain West
Digital Library will support the improvement of metadata standards and
metadata in digital collections from MWDL partners, including memory
institutions in Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Arizona, Hawaii, and around the Mountain
West region. Facilitate the ingestion of collections into MWDL and from there
into the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Work with new partners and
repositories to resolve metadata issues and Open Archives Initiative (OAI)
interoperability issues. Execute ingestion of new collections into Ex Libris
Primo. Perform metadata audits of new collections and spot-check existing
collections. Conduct metadata training for partner institutions. Describe new
collections on website. Work with Digitization Committee and DPLA to develop
metadata rights policy and digital resources rights policy.
Additional responsibilities: With Assistant Director, conduct collection
analyses of MWDL to prepare roadmap of our collection coverage. Explore Linked
Data migration strategy for digital collections. Design topic browse pages for
website. Post news to MWDL's blog and Facebook. Create monthly newsletter from
own postings and those of other MWDL staff. Assist the Program Director with
investigation of new technologies of interest to collection partners. Other
duties as assigned as MWDL grows and develops.
Position involves local and national travel for approximately 2-5 days per
This is a half-time non-tenure-track career-line faculty position reporting to
the MWDL Program Director and is dependent upon receipt of funding under the
sub-awards via DPLA from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. This position is funded through August
31, 2014, and will be reviewed for possible continuation at that time.
Required Qualifications: MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited graduate school or
equivalent degree either completed or anticipated within one year; digital
metadata emphasis in graduate school or equivalent in work experience.
Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a team environment;
excellent communication skills and dedication to collaborative team-building
across multiple institutions. Skill with using Microsoft Office software suite
or equivalent. Flexibility to assume new responsibilities as needed.
Preferred Qualifications: Three years of experience working with assigning
metadata, digitizing materials, managing a digital collection or other digital
library-related work. Experience with digitizing materials and managing a
digital collection and other digital library-related tasks. Experience working
with CONTENTdm or equivalent digital assets management system. Archives
management background. RDA experience or training. Experience with
constructing survey instruments. Experience with Open Archives Initiative
(OAI) harvesting. Familiarity with libraries, archives, and museums in the
Mountain West region a big plus. American History or similar background
preferred. Skill with managing web-conferencing systems.
Salary and Benefits: Salary is $22,500-25,000 half-time, depending on
experience. Excellent paid benefits including retirement fund contributions;
health care plan including medical and dental coverage; and participation in
various insurance programs.
Request for References: Please submit a list of three (3) references with
names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses.
About MWDL, Marriott Library, and Salt Lake City
The Mountain West Digital Library (MWDL) was founded in 2001 as a program of
the Utah Academic Library Consortium and is hosted at the University of Utah
J. Willard Marriott Library within the Information Technology Services group.
Current MWDL staff includes a program director and a part-time web portal
assistant. MWDL maintains a portal at http://mwdl.org for sharing digital
collections about the Mountain West region, from partners in Utah, Nevada,
southern Idaho, Hawaii, and Arizona. The portal aggregates metadata for over
700,000 digital materials in a variety of formats, including photographs,
maps, artworks, videos, animations, oral histories, pioneer diaries, finding
aids, scholarly publications, teaching presentations, vital records,
government publications, and sounds of the West. Partners include academic
libraries, public libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and
government agencies. Partners work together to establish interoperability
standards for metadata and online harvesting and to share expertise and
resources via a regional hub system.
The J. Willard Marriott Library is an ARL library at the University of Utah in
Salt Lake City, Utah, with holdings of nearly 3 million volumes, over 60,000
journals in electronic and print formats, and a considerable number of other
networked electronic resources. Highlights include Special Collections (with
Rare Books, Book Arts Program, Multimedia Archives, and Middle East Library),
Digital Scholarship Lab, Digital Library with over 100 digital collections
(including Utah Digital Newspapers, Western Waters, and Western Soundscape),
an Espresso Book Machine, a 250-computer Knowledge Commons, and seating for
over 3,000 users. Teaching facilities include 20 classrooms, labs, and seminar
rooms, and a 200-seat auditorium. The University of Utah, the state's flagship
university, has a student population of over 32,000 and is situated on a
1,500-acre urban campus in Salt Lake City.
Nestled against the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains, Salt Lake City is
the largest city in the Intermountain West, with a population of over 1
million. Residents may choose from a wide variety of cultural, entertainment
and recreational activities. The city's international airport, 25 minutes from
campus, is the fourth largest hub for Delta Air Lines and serves additional
major carriers, providing excellent access to cities around the West. Within a
few hours' drive are Utah's five world-renowned national parks, seven national
monuments, and many national recreation areas and state parks. The city is a
popular skiing and snowboarding destination and hosted the 2002 Winter
Olympics. For more information, see http://www.visitutah.com/ and
The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and
educator. Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are strongly
encouraged to apply. Veterans preference. Reasonable accommodations provided.
For additional information:
The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in
settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a [strong or
demonstrated] commitment to improving access to higher education for
historically underrepresented students.
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