Metadata Librarian

Metadata Librarian

Health Sciences and Human Services Library

University of Maryland Baltimore

Position Summary: Under the direction of the Metadata Management Librarian, the Metadata Librarian takes a holistic approach to metadata development and management to maximize discovery of the Library’s content. S/he participates in planning, establishing and achieving the goals of the Metadata Management Department and the Resources Division. This new position will support the Library’s adherence to best practices in metadata methods, ensuring the interoperability and sustainability of metadata in bibliographic systems within the library as well as metadata contributed to the University’s Digital Archive and other sources. This position will participate in the development and implementation of metadata strategies that support the discovery and curation of the Library’s digital content.

Appointment: This is a 12-month library faculty position on a permanent status track that will be filled at the rank of Librarian I or II. Entry-level candidates are welcomed. Librarians are expected to progress successfully along the promotion and permanent status track and participate fully as members of the library’s faculty. For more information see the University’s “Criteria and Procedures Relating to the Appointment, Promotion and Permanent Status for Library Faculty”: http://cf.umaryland.edu/umpolicies/usmpolicyInfo.cfm?polid=19&section=all

Responsibilities:

  • Perform original cataloging and enhancement of catalog records using MARC, RDA and AACR2, LCSH and MeSH
  • Implement and sustain metadata strategies associated with resource description and digital initiatives and projects
  • Work closely with the Head of Resource Development and Sharing to facilitate discovery of and access to digital resources, and to promote the Digital Archive
  • Keep abreast of emerging standards, tools, and developments in resource description and access such as BIBFRAME and Linked Open Data (Semantic Web)
  • Document the assigning of metadata to diverse types of resources
  • Prepare batch loads of metadata for electronic resources for ingestion into the Digital Archive and ILS
  • Perform quality control for metadata, electronic access verification, and scanning projects
  • Serve as a liaison with internal and external partners on collaborative metadata projects
  • Participate in the design and development of services to support preservation of and access to digitized and born-digital content from the Library’s collections and other University sources
  • Assess requirements for data sets to be included in the Digital Archive
  • Contribute to informatics projects that develop and utilize ontologies for data mining and data federation
  • Lead projects and serve as a member of project teams within and outside of the library
  • Participate in the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) library consortium
  • Participate actively as a member of national and local professional associations and engage in scholarly and service activities as outlined in the Criteria referenced above

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited program
  • Experience related to metadata development and management in an academic, research, special collections library or an institution with a substantial digital collection
  • Demonstrated knowledge of metadata standards and schema
  • Working knowledge of cataloging utilities such as OCLC Connexion, integrated library systems, and digital repository software
  • Demonstrated understanding of the digitization process and preservation standards
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written
  • Ability to handle, manage and initiate a variety of projects
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to interact effectively with a diverse group of colleagues within the Library and the University and to translate concepts effectively to a variety of user communities including researchers
  • Demonstrated interest in professional advancement evidenced by membership in related professional associations, participation in scholarly activities and continuing education

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with metadata in a health sciences library
  • Working knowledge of DSpace or other digital archive platform

Applications:

Interested, qualified candidates may email or fax cover letter; CV/resume and three (3) references including names, affiliations, and contact information to: rgleiberman@hshsl.umaryland.edu or fax to 410-706-3101. Visit our website at http://www.hshsl.umaryland.edu/ or call 410-706-6747 for more information.   Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.   The University of Maryland Baltimore is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with experience, starting at $47,000. Benefits include choice of retirement, medical, and dental plans; 22 days of annual leave; 15 days of sick leave; 3 personal days and 14 holidays. Regular employees, their spouses and dependent children may receive tuition remission for most programs at many campuses of the University System of Maryland.

Environment:

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) campus is located in downtown Baltimore, blocks from Orioles Park at Camden Yards, Raven’s Stadium, and the Inner Harbor, a recreational waterfront destination. Forty-five miles north of Washington DC, Baltimore City and the surrounding metropolitan area are noted for high quality-of-life indicators offering historic parks, great neighborhoods, and world-famous art collections, museums, theaters, and symphony orchestras. The city has accessible public transportation systems, superior health care systems, and renowned university and educational resources.

The HS/HSL is the second largest health sciences library on the East Coast, providing access to over 374,000 bound volumes, 8400 unique electronic and print periodicals, 96 databases and an array of progressive services, products and programs. Sixty-five FTEs including 25 faculty librarians staff the library. Our attractive facility, which opened in 1998, provides over 900 seats, 40 group study rooms, 130 individual study carrels, 60 public-access computers, wireless Internet access, three computer classrooms, a presentation and production studio, an art gallery, and multiple meeting spaces.

The Library supports the 6300 students, and over 7500 faculty and staff members on UMB’s 60-acre research and technology complex consisting of 58 buildings including the University of Maryland BioPark, the University of Maryland Medical Center, and the VA Hospital. UMB’s professional and graduate schools comprise a dental school, graduate school, and schools of law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health and social work. More details about the UMB can be found at http://www.umaryland.edu/

Workshop Announcement: Alternative Revenue Streams: Development, Fundraising, and Grant Writing for Libraries

Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Library Development and Services will be hosting a workshop and panel discussion called “Alternative Revenue Streams: Development, Fundraising, and Grant Writing for Libraries.” The event will include a panel discussion by development and fundraising specialists from across the state, an introduction to and presentation on Finding Funders by Maryland’s Foundation Center Funding Information Network Supervisors, a lightning round discussion of fundraising events that have succeeded and failed, and a grant writing workshop focused on developing a specific idea or project into a grant proposal that can be used to win grants and entice funders.

The program will take place at Miller Library on September 9 from 9am to 4pm. The day’s agenda is attached. You can register here.

Please contact Rocco DeBonis with any questions at rdebonis@msde.state.md.us

 

 

 

Rocco DeBonis
LSTA Grant Coordinator
Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Library Development and Services
200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore MD 21201
410.767.0437 phone | 410.333.2507 fax | rocco.debonis@maryland.gov

Head of Content Acquisitions and Management

 

Head of Content Acquisitions and Management
Georgetown University Law Library

The Head of Content Acquisitions and Management is responsible for the supervision and management of all aspects of acquisitions and serials operations, which includes ordering and receipt of library materials in all formats, implementing collection management policies, and overseeing vendor relations and purchasing/licensing agreements.  This position directly supervises seven staff in the library’s Acquisitions and Collection Care department.

The Head of Content Acquisitions and Management also plays a key role in the assessment and management of the library’s collection.  This includes coordinating the selection and de-selection of library materials; compiling and reporting statistical data for collection assessment; coordinating and pursuing intercampus and interlibrary collaborative collection development opportunities; and working cooperatively with subject selectors, staff across all departments in the library, and faculty to provide access to information.

Required
Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited school of library and/or information studies, or equivalent; strong supervisory skills; excellent written and verbal communication skills; at least two years of collection development experience; familiarity with integrated library systems.

Preferred

Law library experience or familiarity with legal publishing trade and vendors; Acquisitions experience; JD or equivalent.
Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
To apply for this position, please submit applications via the Georgetown University Jobs website by using Job Number 20141165. Address applications to Stacy Queen, and include a cover letter, a current resume, and the names and contact information for three references. 

Review of applications will begin on August 6, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.

Georgetown University is an EOE/AA employer.  

 

Reference Librarian – Venable LLP

 

Venable LLP, one of the top 100 law firms in the U.S., is seeking a Reference Librarian to be responsible for daily operations of the Baltimore office reference desk.  Responsibilities include working with other reference librarians at the firm conducting research, responding to research requests, and delivering in-house training and outreach to legal staff.

 

Requirements include a Master of Library Science degree and a minimum of two years library reference experience.  Law firm library experience is preferred but not required.

 

At Venable, employees enjoy a professional work environment, competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package.  We strive to foster a culture of teamwork, enrichment and work/life balance to allow our employees to grow professionally and thrive!

 

If this sounds like the right opportunity for you, we invite you to apply:  https://careeers.venable.com

 

Venable LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

LLAM Dine Around in San Antonio

Join the LLAM Dine-Around in San Antonio
Saturday, July 12th at 6:30 pm

If you are you attending the 2014 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in San Antonio, please consider joining the members of LLAM for the annual “LLAM Dine-Around.” This year, the group will meet at La Paloma Riverwalk, 215 Lasoya, on the San Antonio Riverwalk, which is a short distance from the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The reservation, under the name of “Maryland Law Librarians,” is for 6:30 p.m. on Saturday evening, July 12. We have requested a patio or Riverwalk table, if available. To view photos and a menu, visit http://www.lapalomariverwalk.com. Vegetarian options are offered. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to james.durham@mdcourts.gov, so that the reservation can be amended to accommodate the actual size of our group. See you in Texas!

By: James G. Durham, Deputy Director of the Maryland State Law Library

 

404/File Not Found: Link Rot, Legal Citation and Projects to Preserve Precedent

SAVE THE DATE for this upcoming symposium about link rot that will be held at Georgetown University Law Library!

The Web is fluid and mutable, and this is a “feature” rather than a “bug”. But it also creates challenges in the legal environment (and elsewhere) when fixed content is necessary for legal writers to support their conclusions. Judges, attorneys, academics, and others using citations need systems and practices to preserve web content as it exists in a particular moment in time, and make it reliably available.

On October 24, 2014 Georgetown University Law Library in Washington, D.C. will host a symposium that explores the problem of link and reference rot.

Preliminary Agenda
•                 Keynote speech to contextualize the issues and discuss conflict between the naturally fluid state of the internet and the expectations by legal professionals that once something is published (in whatever form) that it should be static.
•                 Presentations and panel on “Whose problem is this?” with members from academia, government, the judiciary, law reviews
•                 The webmaster’s view – what pressures are there to continually change websites to reflect current look/feel trends, new usability technologies, etc. that contribute to link rot?
•                 Presentations and panel on current initiatives with members from organizations like The Chesapeake Project, Perma.cc, Archive.org, etc. What tools exist, and what are the remaining needs?
•                 Wrap-up detailing current, pragmatic steps attendees can take upon going home.

Presenters include
•                 Jonathan Zittrain, Harvard University
•                 Robert Miller, Internet Archive
•                 Prof. Karen Eltis, University of Toronto Law School
•                 Rod Wittenberg, Reed Technology and Information Services
•                 Kim Dulin, Harvard University
•                 Carolyn Campbell, Georgetown University Law Library

We will post additional information as it gets finalized to the event webpage at: http://www.law.georgetown.edu/library/404/

Access 2 Justice LRI A Success!

LLAM’s All Access to Justice Legal Research Institute was held last Friday, March 21st at the University of Baltimore Angelos Law Center.  The event was a huge success; Kate Martin and her committee did a terrific job and we thank them for their efforts!

Librarians from across the state and all over the country convened at UB to learn about current issues and solutions for ensuring Access to Justice for all of our patrons. The programming covered the A2J topic from a variety of aspects; discussions included the basics of what Access to Justice is, how Public Libraries play a role in the future of the movement, what Private Law Librarians can do to advance the cause, the Academic Library’s role, and the type of assistance State and County Law Libraries should provide. The major theme throughout the day was that we need to remember we are librarians and while we can help a patron locate and utilize the correct resources, we must be careful not to give legal advice.

The number of Self-Represented Litigants (“SRLs”) in the country is growing for a variety of reasons and the Librarian’s role in helping them navigate the confusing and tumultuous legal landscape is an essential one.  It was exhilarating to gather with librarians from a variety of backgrounds and learn how each of us can contribute to this effort.

You can find more information, videos, slides, and PDFs of all of the handouts from the seminar HERE.

-Sara Thomas
Communications Committee Chair

We want to make next time even better! If you haven’t done so already, please take a moment to give us some feedback about your conference experience at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/justice2014.