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Metadata Librarian
The Pennsylvania State University Libraries seeks an innovative and
highly motivated librarian to provide creative leadership and expertise
in developing and maintaining metadata to effectively provide access to
the Libraries' digital resources covering all subjects and languages
according to nationally recognized standards.  This is a tenure track
faculty position and the Metadata Librarian is a member of the
University Libraries faculty. 
Responsibilities: Reporting to the head of Cataloging and Metadata
Services, the successful candidate will be responsible for providing
expertise and leadership to the Libraries' digital and scholarly
communications initiatives by providing metadata and metadata guidelines
for digital collections.  Collaborate with other librarians and library
staff, Penn State Press staff, Penn State faculty, and colleagues in
other research institutions to evaluate and apply appropriate metadata
schemas for digital collections held by the Libraries and University.
Provide leadership in the development of standards, policies and
procedures across Technical Services, with particular responsibility for
digital resources.  As a member of the Digital Technology Advisory
Group, manage and coordinate the process of implementing metadata,
including needs assessment, metadata scheme adaptation, metadata
interoperability, project management, and working with partners from
various units.  Serve as a resource for faculty and staff throughout the
Libraries concerning access to library materials. Present information
about digital initiatives and metadata in particular to a variety of
audiences.  Create and maintain local documentation on metadata
standards and metadata application guidelines. Monitor and contribute to
the development of national standards regarding the bibliographic
control of digital resources.  Explore new technologies and developments
in digital applications and metadata implementation.  Train staff to
provide metadata for digital resources and provide quality control for
digital object metadata.  Participate in departmental and Libraries-wide
committees, task forces and teams. 
Qualifications:  MLS from an ALA-accredited or equivalent degree;
experience with one or more of the following standards: EAD, Dublin
Core, XML, OAI, METS, VRACore and PBCore; knowledge of AACR2r, LCSH, LC
classification, USMARC formats, integrated library system software, and
OCLC Connexion; strong technical skills and problem-solving abilities;
excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; strong
commitment to excellent service and the ability to work independently
and collaboratively; reading knowledge of a foreign language; ability to
work well with a diverse employee and user community and to work within
a collegial environment.  Preferred: Two years experience with
initiatives to provide access to digital resources.
The <>  University Libraries: Established
in 1855, Penn State is a Carnegie I comprehensive research university
with a strong land grant mission. "America's Best Colleges 2004" in U.S.
News & World Reports, ranks Penn State 15th among top national doctoral
universities. The University Libraries, with an annual budget of $41
million and a collection of over 5 million volumes, ranks among the top
fifteen ARL research libraries in North America. The University
Libraries comprise 38 libraries located on 24 Penn State campuses
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Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 159 librarians and professional staff, 403
support staff, and 89 FTE student assistants serve 84,000 students and
6,500 faculty. Libraries memberships include ARL, OCLC, RLG, PALCI
(Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc.), Palinet, CRL, DLF, and
the CIC (Big Ten) consortium.

Salary and Benefits: Potential for promotion and tenure will be
considered based upon University standards in librarianship, research,
service, and outreach.  Salary and rank commensurate with qualifications
and experience. Excellent fringe benefits include liberal vacation,
excellent insurance and health care coverage. State or TIAA/CREF
retirement options, and educational privileges.
Applications: To apply, send nominations or letters of application
(including current resume and name and contact information of three
professional references) to: Libraries Human Resources, Box MDL-DLF, The
Pennsylvania State University, 511 Paterno Library, University Park, PA
16802. Review of resumes will begin on November 8, 2006 and continue
until the position is filled.

Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and
diversity of its workforce.