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/