Cornell University Library is recruiting a Metadata Operations Librarian. This will be a flexible position in that many of the projects allocated to this line will depend upon the skills and interests of the person in this role. They will be part of a team of 5 wonderful metadata librarians serving all corners of the campus community. Librarians at Cornell carry academic status, which affords them numerous tangible and intellectual benefits that support an excellent work/life balance (in my opinion)!
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Visual Resources Metadata Librarian
Library Technical Services
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Cornell University Library seeks a Metadata Operations Librarian to help bring collections to users. Working in close collaboration with Library Technical Services (LTS) colleagues, the Metadata Operations Librarian creates, maintains, enhances and enriches metadata in Cornell’s broader repository ecosystem that describes a rich array of assets and serves a diverse scholarly community with equally varied areas of research. The Metadata Operations Librarian provides expertise, guidance and leadership in cross-functional teams for the development, implementation and assessment of metadata infrastructure, policies and procedures.
This position focuses on metadata maintenance activities, primarily the integration of metadata between systems and extending relationships between resources. The Metadata Operations Librarian holistically considers the movement of MARC and non-MARC metadata across Cornell's collections with an eye towards scaling and automating these processes. This position defines and conducts efforts related to metadata design, mapping, maintenance, remediation and enhancement.
The Metadata Operations Librarian actively participates in local and national discussions relating to the access, retrieval, description, and management of library resources and applies them to Cornell library's research and development efforts.
This position is being recruited concurrent to the Metadata Projects Librarian position.
− Contribute to strategic library initiatives focused on resource discovery and repository implementation
− Collaborate on the development of long-term solutions for improved metadata management and interoperability
− Focus on the integration of metadata between systems
− Define and conduct efforts related to metadata design, mapping, maintenance, remediation and enhancement
− Contribute to building a body of knowledge at the intersection of technology and cultural inclusion
− Play an active role in professional organizations inside and outside of the Cornell University Library community
Duties and Responsibilities:
Metadata Management (70%)
− Plans, coordinates and conducts metadata enhancement and remediation to address better discovery for library users
− Engages in infrastructure implementation and repository migration (e.g.: Samvera, ArchivesSpace)
− Creates and maintains metadata mappings between repositories and discovery environment indexing efforts
− Creates and maintains local documentation on metadata standards and application profiles
− Develops and provides training to library staff regarding resource description, metadata remediation and metadata management
− Maintains strong working relationships and communicates regularly with staff across Cornell, fostering collaborative efforts between Metadata Services and the greater Cornell community
− Identifies, monitors and engages in national areas of interest in metadata development, particularly focusing on institutional participation and engagement
− Serves as a metadata consultant, including but not limited to assisting in development and implementation of best practices, tools, procedures and workflows, and advising on metadata standards
Batch Processing Activities (20%)
− Participates in the development, implementation and execution of LTS’s batch processing routines in Cornell’s library management system, including the automated extraction, updating, export, and creation of MARC catalog records, as well as the development and use of related reports
− Advises on and participates in the anticipated transition of LTS’s batch processing routines from the current library management system (Voyager) to the system in development with partners (OLE/FOLIO).
Professional Activities (10%)
− Monitors and contributes to the development of local, national, and international metadata standards and policies; conducts research and contributes to professional publications and forums
− Actively participates in CUL and professional working groups, task forces, instruction programs, and committees; maintains strong working relationship and communicates regularly with staff in CUL departments and divisions and at other institutions
− Advanced degree from an accredited institution
− Knowledge of a variety of MARC and non-MARC metadata standards and schema
− Experience manipulating and transforming metadata or datasets
− Aptitude for working on large scale data projects
− Demonstrated skills with scripting languages and/or tools for data manipulation (e.g. OpenRefine, Python, XSLT, etc.)
− Aptitude for learning new technologies and metadata standards
− Excellent organizational and project management skills
− Strong service orientation and interest in library users' values and needs
− Excellent communication and analytic skills, including the ability to work well in a team-based environment
− Two to three years of experience working with metadata in a library or similar setting
− Practical experience in the use of MARC and non-MARC principles, standards and tools
− Demonstrated experience creating and working with authority data (e.g. LC authorities, Getty vocabularies, ORCID, ISNI, etc.)
Engagement with issues of metadata practice and how it affects marginalized communities