Rice University is seeking a creative, dynamic, service-oriented
Database & Metadata Management Coordinator. The successful candidate
will provide leadership in performing and managing bibliographic data
quality control, database maintenance and problem resolution. The
position reports to the Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services in
*Responsibilities*:Coordinates authority control of both MARC and
non-MARC metadata to ensure that they meet local and national standards.
Develops new and effective approaches to quality control, consulting
with various stakeholders as appropriate. Serves as a liaison to
authority and database enrichment vendors and manages the loading and
quality control for vendor-supplied data. Collaborates with other staff
to provide leadership in transitioning the department to a post-MARC
communication format as we continue to contribute metadata to the local
institutional repository and proactively explore linked data, the
semantic Web and BIBFRAME. Assists in and/or manages special projects
undertaken by the Department as assigned by the Department Head.
Participates in departmental and library-wide committees and work groups
established to further various aspects of the Fondren Library mission.
May lead project teams. Assists in other cataloging activities as needed.
-ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library Science
-two years of successful related experience in quality & authority
control of MARC and non-MARC metadata
-some successful project management experience, preferably in an
-Excellent oral and written communication skills.
-Project management skills.
-Proven ability to solve problems.
-Leadership and training skills and an ability to reach consensus with
-Ability to recommend solutions in areas not under direct supervision.
-Flexibility in performing different tasks as library needs change.
-Commitment to enhancing services through teamwork.
-Ability to prioritize work to ensure that departmental and library
goals are realized.
-Demonstrated commitment to staff development and continuing education.
-Ability to work without close supervision.
-Thorough knowledge of MARC and non-MARC metadata standards and
practices (e.g. Dublin Core, EAD, MODS, METS, etc.).
-Knowledge of emerging trends and practices with linked data, semantic
web applications, BIBFRAME, and authority/identifier initiatives (e.g.
VIAF, ORCID, ISNI).
-Experience with vendor authority control processes, preferably Marcive
-Experience with loading large vendor record sets.
-Knowledge of database maintenance practices, including experience using
global changes to clean up data.
-Experience creating and manipulating data sets; experience with
-Knowledge of the new cataloging standard, Resource Description and
-Knowledge of OCLC.
-Knowledge of integrated library systems, preferably Sirsi.
-High level of proficiency using MarcEdit.
-Knowledge of institutional repositories platforms, preferably DSpace.
*Preferred qualifications**:*Experience with XML, XSLT, and/or other
tools or macros for large-scale editing/transforming of metadata;
experience with developing macros and/or scripts to enhance productivity
*Salary & benefits*:$52,000 minimum, with hiring salary commensurate
with experience and qualifications; no state or local income tax; 21
benefit days; 8 study days; a range of retirement options including
TIAA/CREF; health and life insurance; and tuition waiver.
*Environment*: Rice University provides a stimulating work environment,
with opportunities to participate in the delivery of innovative library
services supported by leading edge technologies. Fondren Library
(http://www.rice.edu/fondren) is a research library with more than 2.8
million volumes and more than 141,000 subscriptions, including titles
available through aggregators. The Library has a state-of-the-art
off-site shelving facility. An active program of digital resource
delivery and development is grounded in successful collaboration among
library and University staff from Digital Scholarship Services, other
library departments and University information technology staff.
Houston is a vibrant, multicultural city, with world-class visual and
performing arts ranging from the traditional to the avant-garde. The
fourth largest city in the country, Houston enjoys a moderate cost of
living and easy proximity to the Gulf Coast. For more information, see:
Applications received by October 10, 2014 will receive first
consideration. Please apply with cover letter, résumé, and the names,
titles, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three
references at: https://jobs.rice.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=54454.
Inquiries: Melinda Reagor Flannery at (713) 348-3773 or [log in to unmask]
Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer --
Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity
Melinda Reagor Flannery
Assistant University Librarian for Technical Services
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892