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Metadata Analyst


Position Vacancy

Specialist (II) or Expert (III) Librarian

Position Description: Reporting to the Head of Cataloging-Metadata, the Metadata Analyst provides leadership and direction on metadata strategies related to digital scholarship, digitization initiatives, special collections, archives and other metadata-dependent efforts to ensure good stewardship and maximize use and reuse of the Libraries’ diverse collection of digital objects. The Metadata Analyst sets standards for the creation and enhancement of descriptive and administrative metadata and develops strategies to increase productivity and streamline workflow. This position plays a major role in furthering the success of the Libraries’ digital initiatives by enhancing resource discovery and improving access to collections.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Lead the Cataloging-Metadata Department’s efforts to provide non-MARC metadata for the Libraries’ resources, explore innovative ways to enhance existing metadata, and contribute to making the Libraries’ digital content more readily discoverable.
  • Recommend and develop descriptive and administrative metadata schemas appropriate for diverse digital collections in collaboration with Special Collections and Preservation Department personnel, subject specialists, catalogers, and staff from the Libraries’ Digital Research and Publishing Department, serving as a resource for colleagues on metadata issues and practices, the definition of data elements, metadata usage, and mapping between metadata schemas.
  • Work closely with the Library Information Technology Department on implementing technical solutions that enhance discovery and access.
  • Advise on the development of automated workflows for metadata creation, extraction, transformation, quality control, syndication, and ingest.
  • Lead research and development efforts on linked data initiatives that maximize exposure and access to collections.
  • Network, collaborate and actively participate in national organizations, contributing to discussions about the emerging and dynamic role of metadata in providing access to information resources and the development of resource discovery tools and services.
  • Design and implement metadata audits of new and existing collections.
  • Develop and implement metrics to assess the value and impact of metadata and cataloging activities for discovery and timely access to Libraries’ resources.
  • Develop documentation and instructional materials, and provide metadata training, consultation, and support.

Required Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in a field related to the position (e. g., MLS from an ALA-accredited institution, MA in informatics or information management, etc.).
  • For appointment at the Specialist Librarian level, three or more years of experience with descriptive or structural and administrative metadata in a library-related or higher education setting.
  • Appointment at the Expert Librarian level requires a history of professional achievement at the national level.
  • Evidence of analytical, organizational, communication, and time management skills and demonstrated ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and complete tasks and projects on time and within task or project parameters.
  • Knowledge of a variety of tools and techniques used in creating, extracting, and transforming metadata.
  • Knowledge of Semantic Web technologies and familiarity with one or more related standards such as RDF, RDFS, OWL, and SPARQL.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the mission of a research university and the mission and functions of a large research library.
  • Demonstrated involvement in an area or areas of professional interest, including participation in related professional or scholarly associations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the workplace or community.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Ability to translate functional requirements into technical specifications.
  • Ability to find creative and innovative solutions to technical challenges.
  • Two or more years of professional experience working with metadata in an academic library setting.
  • Familiarity with one or more of the following standards: EAD, Dublin Core, MARC, METS/MODS.
  • Experience with one or more of the following tools of the department: Aleph, Archon and/or ArchivesSpace, CONTENTdm, MarcEdit, Omeka, oXygen.
  • Experience planning and creating digital collections.

Universal Competencies:

  • Positive Impact/Achieving Results: Ability to utilize existing resources and learning to achieve or exceed desired outcomes of current and future organizational goals/needs. Able to demonstrate ethical behavior in diverse situations while producing results.
  • Service Excellence/Customer Focus: Ability to meet or exceed customer service needs and expectations and provide excellent service in a direct or indirect manner. Ability to effectively transmit and interpret information through appropriate communication with internal and external customers.
  • Collaboration and Embracing Diversity: Ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and civil manner while appreciating the unique contribution of individuals from varied cultures, nationalities, genders, ages, etc.

The University of Iowa Libraries: The University of Iowa Libraries system consists of the Main Library, the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences and a number of branch libraries. The Libraries has more than 5 million volumes including thousands of electronic resources and coordinates the development and maintenance of the University’s locally-created open access digital resources including the Iowa Digital Library, featuring close to a million digitized texts, images, and audio and video recordings, as well as Iowa Research Online, our institutional repository. Our Special Collections include over 200,000 rare books, ranging in age from the 15th century to newly created artists’ books.

Library systems are built on a mix of open source, locally developed, hosted services, and vended applications primarily from Ex Libris, OCLC, and Microsoft. The University of Iowa is a member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), ARL, OCLC, CRL, SPARC, CNI, CLIR, LOCKSS, CLOCKSS, and Portico. The Libraries provides a program of support for professional development activities and its staff members are actively engaged in national cooperative efforts.

The University and Iowa City: A major research and teaching institution, the University of Iowa offers internationally recognized programs in a diverse array of academic, medical, and artistic disciplines, from otolaryngology to fiction writing, printmaking to space science, hydraulic engineering to dance. The University consists of a faculty of 2,800 and a permanent staff of 16,000 serving 31,000 students, almost 40% of whom are from out of state and close to 10,000 of whom are registered in graduate and professional degree programs. Approximately 11% of the University’s faculty and staff and 14% of its student body are members of minority groups, and 12% of the students are from foreign countries.

The University of Iowa is home to the Writers’ Workshop, the oldest graduate creative writing program in the country, and the blueprint for many of the creative writing programs that now thrive on campuses worldwide. It is also home to the International Writing Program where, since 1967, over a thousand writers from more than 120 countries have participated. The University has recently instituted a program in creative writing in Spanish. In 2008, UNESCO designated Iowa City as a world City of Literature.

Iowa City is a community of some 68,000 people (more than 150,000 live in the surrounding area) with excellent educational, recreational, and cultural advantages. It is consistently cited in the national media as a city with an excellent quality of life. The city is readily accessible via interstate highways and a major airport is only 30 minutes away. The community is growing in its diversity; within the Iowa City Community School District, 33% of the students are minority, with 17% identifying as African-American, 9% as Latino/Hispanic, 7% as Asian-American, and .4% as Native American during the 2012/13 school year.

Salary and appointment: Start date is negotiable. Appointment will be made at the Specialist (II) or Expert (III) Librarian level, depending on qualifications. Salary ranges: Specialist Librarian $47,000 – $60,000; Expert Librarian $55,000-$76,000. The University of Iowa offers an attractive package of benefits including 24 days of paid vacation per year, your choice between two retirement plans and two University of Iowa health insurance plans, dental insurance, pre-tax child and health care spending accounts, and additional options.

Application Procedure: To apply for this position, please visit the University of Iowa Jobs@UIOWA website at Applications received by August 25, 2014 will be given first consideration; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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