Metadata Curation Specialist
University of Alberta

The University of Alberta Libraries, with a long tradition of technological
innovation and service excellence, seeks a dynamic and engaged professional
for an 18 month contract to work as a member of a project team to create rich
metadata for discovery, access, citation, and long-term preservation of
historical and contemporary collections of maternal, infant, child and youth
health research data.

"Bridging the Research Data Divide: Rethinking Long-term Value and Access for
Historical and Contemporary Maternal, Infant and Child Research", a grant-
funded collaboration between the Libraries and Harvard University's Center for
the History of Medicine (CHoM), seeks to bring temporal depth in laying the
groundwork for value-added long-term access to and preservation of both
collections, while protecting the privacy of research participants and
communities of study.

Reporting to the Metadata Coordinator, and working as a part of a small team
located at Uof A and Harvard, the successful candidate will work with
researchers to analyze, assess and select relevant metadata standards; perform
metadata mapping and data integration activities using open source tools;
implement current best practices regarding sensitive health metadata (and
data); work with UAL and Countway staff to expose and preserve project
metadata and data; supervise and review the work of the UAL Data Curation
Assistant; develop guidelines for metadata creation and enhancement by UAL
project staff; develop and maintain internal / external project documentation
and communication; contribute to conference presentations and articles about
the project.

Qualifications include a Master's degree in Library and Information Studies
from an ALA accredited institution; experience working with metadata and/or
data in the health sciences or related field. Experience with developing,
applying and managing metadata schemas and controlled vocabularies or other
relevant complex data integration and analysis activities and/or familiarity
with conventions and standards within the health sciences or related field
would be an asset. Applicants must possess excellent communication and
interpersonal skills; the ability to take initiative and work independently;
comfort with learning new tools and software; interest in collaborating on
project presentations and papers.

The University of Alberta Libraries is a leading research library in Canada,
with an impressive suite of user relevant services matched by an equally
impressive and sizeable collection of physical and digital
assets. The Libraries enjoy many relationships with the
broader library and research community, and is actively involved in
partnerships such as HathiTrust, CLOCKSS, Public Knowledge Project, Canadian
Polar Data Network, Portage (CARL), CASRAI and the Internet Archive. The
Libraries, utilizing positions such as this one, endeavour to actively support
and shape scholarly communication, higher education and lifelong learning. For
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