Supervisor, Digital Metadata and Ingest
The Northeastern University Library is seeking a dynamic and
forward-thinking metadata librarian for the position of Supervisor, Digital
Metadata and Ingest. Reporting to the Assistant Head for Resource &
Discovery Services, this position supports the organization, discovery, and
access to the Library’s wealth of digital resources through the production
and management of descriptive and authoritative metadata. The incumbent
actively collaborates with other units and metadata stakeholders within and
outside the library, including Digital Production, Archives, and Digital
The Library holds an extensive collection of Boston related materials and is
embarking on many exciting digital projects including local social justice
collections and newspaper archives to support scholarship within the Library’s
interdisciplinary Boston Research Center and beyond. Bring your metadata
expertise and the ability to innovate workflows and solutions to this
position, and enhance the usability and discoverability of these and other
exciting University collections.
The Supervisor, Digital Metadata and Ingest is responsible for the creation
and maintenance of original technical and descriptive metadata for analog
and digital resources in a variety of formats following national and local
standards, and the ingest of objects and metadata into the Library’s
Digital Repository. This position hires, manages, supervises, and trains
staff in the Digital Metadata Unit including the Metadata Librarian and
Metadata Assistant, and trains and supervises other staff working on
digital metadata projects. The Supervisor, Digital Metadata and Ingest is
responsible for planning and successfully executing complex metadata project
s for departments inside and outside the Library as well as providing
advice and metadata assistance to departments embarking on their own
digital projects on campus. The incumbent is also responsible for setting
daily and longer-term priorities, project planning, and organizing and
streamlining collaborative workflows. Strong communication,
and project planning skills, flexibility, and the ability to work
comfortably with diverse groups are key.
Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program
3-5 years’ professional academic library experience using current
metadata structure, content, value, and format/technical standards, and a
Demonstrated knowledge of established and emerging national and
international standards relating to metadata and classification.
Experience with XML, XLST; data transformation/normalization required.
Familiarity with XForms, XPath and various programing languages useful.
Experience with AACR2R, RDA, MARC, MODS, Dublin Core, EAD, LSCH, LCC,
authority control principles required. Knowledge of BIBFRAME, RDF, and/or
Linked Data preferred.
Knowledge of trends and issues in academic libraries, scholarly
communications, higher education, publishing, and metadata developments.
Excellent planning, analytical, interpersonal, communication,
supervisory, project management, and organizational skills.
Self-motivated, detail-oriented, with good team-working skills, a strong
service orientation, and a demonstrated commitment to staff development and
diversity in the workplace.
For more information about this position and Northeastern University’s
generous benefits visit, and to apply, visit:
Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action
Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. Northeastern
University particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women and
persons with disabilities. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.
Digital Production Coordinator
Northeastern University Libraries
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