Empire State Digital Network Metadata Specialist
Metropolitan New York Library Council
New York City
Located in New York City, the Metropolitan New York Library Council
([METRO](http://metro.org/)) is a nonprofit member services organization
serving more than 260 libraries, archives, museums, and cultural heritage
nonprofits in New York City and Westchester County. METRO has an almost
50-year tradition of providing a range of programs and services to its
members, including grants, consultative and digital services, collaborative
initiatives, and professional development and training. We are seeking an
enthusiastic, dedicated individual to join the Empire State Digital Network
(ESDN), a statewide initiative to deliver content from New York's cultural
heritage institutions to the Digital Public Library of America
The ESDN Metadata Specialist is a full-time, newly created position for one
year with the possibility of extension. This position is open to open to
early-career and experienced information professionals. Candidates should be
interested in facilitating the harvesting and ingestion of metadata records
from libraries, archives, and cultural heritage organizations throughout New
York State. The Metadata Specialist will then transform metadata from various
systems and schemas into approved data models for contribution to DPLA.
In coordination with the ESDN Manager and Technology Specialist, the Metadata
Specialist will participate in the investigation, evaluation, and selection of
key technologies to meet program objectives. This person will also serve as a
primary contact point for inquiries about metadata sharing for the Empire
State Digital Network and will be responsible for provenance tracking of
Candidates should be enthusiastic about supporting expanded access to digital
collections from New York libraries, archives and cultural heritage
institutions via the DPLA. Creativity, flexibility and the ability to follow
and anticipate developing technologies will be essential.
**IF YOU FILL THIS POSITION, YOU WILL BE ASKED TO:**
* Work with the project manager and technology specialist to establish and achieve short-term goals of ESDN.
* Work directly with data harvesting and aggregation tools such as REPOX.
* Have hands-on experience with metadata transformations and cross-walking tools and scripts.
* Be comfortable and familiar working with XML and XML manipulation, for example XSLT, XPath, schema validation, etc.
* Apply analytical and problem solving skills combined with attention to detail for complex, detail-oriented work.
* Work closely with project partners and provide leadership in creation of statewide best practices for metadata creation, metadata analysis, and project workflow improvements.
**THE IDEAL CANDIDATE WILL HAVE:**
* Master's Degree in Library and Information Science or a related degree.
* Experience working in a library, archive or cultural heritage organization, or affiliated educational, non-profit, or professional organization.
* Practical experience with all aspects of metadata creation including selection and implementation of metadata standards, quality control, and crosswalking/mapping data sets.
* Demonstrable knowledge of metadata standards including DC, MODS, METS, MARC, MARCXML, PBCORE
* Experience working with protocols and data models such as OAI-PMH, OAI-ORE, ResourceSync, Europeana Data Model (EDM), DPLA MAP, Linked Open Data, RDF.
* Familiarity with traditional cataloging practice and rules such as AACR2 and RDA.
* Familiarity with one or more scripting languages and APIs.
This position will remain open until filled. The ESDN Metadata Specialist
reports to the ESDN Manager. The salary range is $55,000-65,000, commensurate
with experience. METRO provides excellent benefits, pension, and leave
package. Position may entail four-day, 35-hour workweek. METRO's offices are
located at 57 E. 11th Street in New York City.
The application period ends April 18th, 2014. Please send a resume or cv and a
cover letter as a PDF attachment to [log in to unmask] with "ESDN Metadata
Specialist" in the subject line. No phone calls, please.
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