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Lead Librarian for Metadata Technologies

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North Carolina State University
NC, USA

Acquisitions and Discovery’s 6 librarians and 16 staff are responsible for managing the Libraries’ approximately $12 million collections budget, acquiring materials in all formats, negotiating license agreements and contracts, and describing and maintaining access points to facilitate discovery of the Libraries’ resources.  Acquisitions and Discovery librarians have been actively involved in the development of an e-resource management system, E-Matrix, and they contribute to the Libraries’ internationally recognized innovations in content management and discovery.

Essential Job Duties
     
The Lead Librarian for Metadata Technologies manages the department’s Data Projects & Partnerships Unit to set priorities, supervise unit staff, manage projects, develop workflows, and train staff.

This position manages a team of 5 staff that apply traditional cataloging and acquisitions as well as database design and programming expertise to a growing array of projects that include enhancing discovery of collections materials on the open web, building efficient tools for the acquisition of library collections, collaborating with other Libraries departments to build high-quality data and enhance discovery of library services, and working with researchers to find the best metadata schema for their research endeavors.

The Lead Librarian will guide the skills development of each staff member to achieve unit goals, contribute to program success, and advance their growth and development. The incumbent identifies emerging trends and technologies in metadata management and contributes to the planning and implementation of current and future discovery and retrieval services. They provide oversight of metadata consulting and project analysis services including data modeling, data transformation, data creation, database design, and application of semantic web technologies.

This position manages database maintenance operations in Libraries discovery systems and leads data control activities related to data quality, authority control, and batch loading. The position will promote and maintain collaborative relationships with partners across the Libraries to foster improved metadata practices and will maintain close working relationships with content providers, vendors, and consortial partners. The Lead Librarian participates in library planning and serves on library-wide committees, task forces, and teams. Librarians are expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field.

This position reports to the Department Head, Acquisitions & Discovery.

Minimum Education and Experience     

  • ALA-accredited MLS, MIS, or equivalent advanced degree.
Other Required Qualifications     

  • Familiarity with trends and applications of current and emerging technologies as they relate to metadata creation, manipulation, and use, as well as library discovery systems.
  • Experience with metadata standards, such as BIBFRAME, RDA, Dublin Core, EAD, MODS, METS, RDF and other emerging data standards.
  • Experience in project management and cross-unit collaboration.
  • Experience with metadata transformation and crosswalking.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Commitment to creating an environment of equity, diversity, and inclusion, including familiarity with issues as they pertain to legacy and contemporary metadata, controlled vocabulary, web technologies, and discovery systems.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to communicate clearly, knowledgeably, and personably, orally and in writing
  • Ability to work creatively and collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Evidence of ability for ongoing professional development and contribution.
Preferred Qualifications     

  • Supervisory or leadership experience.
  • Experience with library management systems supporting acquisitions and discovery functions, such as integrated library systems (ILS), knowledge bases, electronic resource management systems (ERMS), issue tracking systems, or discovery interfaces.
  • Experience with programming languages such as OpenRefine and Python for metadata manipulation and enrichment

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Employer: North Carolina State University (@NCState)
Location: NC, USA
Posted Date: 06/01/2022
Expiry Date: 06/05/2022
Type: Full-Time
Categories: Librarian / Information Professional / Archivist, Metadata / Taxonomy Designer
Ref: DN-JB-651
Added by: DAM News Administrator
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