Two Positions- Washington, DC

Position: Linked Data Applications Technical Specialist
Location: Library of Congress, Washington DC
Salary: $114,590 to $148,967 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position serves as a Linked Data Applications Technical Specialist for metadata applications. The incumbent coordinates and facilitates projects involving the creation and use of bibliographic data in a linked data environment along with development of related Standards. These projects relate to semantic technologies.

This position is located in the Network Development and MARC (Machine Readable Cataloging) Standards Office, Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate, Library Services.

Analyzes and plans projects needed to implement strategies and standards for complex projects involving the creation and use of bibliographic data in a linked data environment. Analyzes the differences between various elements of a linked data environment and the current environment, specifying the advantages and disadvantages and makes recommendations. Analyzes cost factors in the development, implementation, and use of linked data. Researches and analyzes complex features of Resource Description Framework (RDF) and other World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) data linking standards and efforts. Evaluates technologies, computer tools, and standards needed to carry out linked data projects. Determines the impact of changes imposed by linked data on the Library and the community that uses Library of Congress services.

Coordinates complex research and development activities and user requirements related to the application of linked data technology to bibliographic data. Applies computer languages and techniques for realizing program needs. Applies expertise in use of Extensible Markup Language (XML), RDF, XQuery, Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations (XSLT), the RDF Query Language SPARQL, and management of triple stores. Quickly develops new data skills and understands new architectures and application designs.

Prepares specifications or requirements and design documents; develops and documents implementation plans; and develops programs for projects relating to the use of linked data technologies for processes involving bibliographic resources. Develops prototype applications for cataloging and acquisitions, such as those involving BIBFRAME as a replacement for MARC, and tests and documents their implementation. Prepares other documentation as needed for projects.

The Specialist is recognized as an authority on the implementation of RDF and linked data and the standards that support the technology. Serves as a team leader for Library of Congress projects: with different levels of Library staff, staff from collaborating institutions, and contractors/consultants. Applies best practices for development including agile development practices. Manages a variety of functions simultaneously and with flexibility, meeting competing demands and deadlines.

Proposes means to improve quality and efficiency. Serves as principal liaison between Library Services and other Library divisions and offices to provide expert technical advice, assistance, and training (as needed) on new linked data technologies and standards. Participates in the national and international standards development processes. Represents the Library in the national and international library communities and other organizations on technical matters including linked data usage in libraries. Assures that Library of Congress implementations of linked data standards meet national and international specifications as well as community established good practices. Assists and advises other NDMSO staff on matters related to linked data, e.g., use and development of the LC linked data initiative, BIBFRAME. Prepares and presents papers at meetings and conferences. Utilizes good verbal and written communication skills.

Position: Director of Research Analytics
Location: Association of Research Libraries, Washington DC

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) seeks an experienced professional to lead the Association’s institutional and organizational effectiveness program to meet the needs and interests of ARL members through the evaluation of existing programs, and the design, development, and application of new research practices, tools, and infrastructures. The position leads all necessary functions related to programmatic research activities and the collection, analysis, and reporting of institutional data from member institutions, including the collective impact of ARL members on higher education and society. As a national leader, ARL seeks opportunities to advance the field of library analytics and assessment, and to strategically engage and support this community of practice.

ARL’s Strategic Framework 2015+ calls for emphasis on assessment that aligns libraries with research, teaching, and learning outcomes in universities and other research institutions as well as supports data-driven analytics, evidence-based decision-making, and evaluation of the effectiveness of the Association’s work.

Duties will include:

  • Developing and enhancing a vision for research and evaluation in supporting institutional, organizational, and strategic effectiveness of member libraries and ARL as a whole
  • Implementing membership data collection program that demonstrates the effectiveness and value of research libraries, and supports evidence-based decision making by library professionals
  • Assuring the security and maintenance of reliable and consistent data, establishing standards for documentation of processes, and ensuring the integrity and accuracy of reports and deliverables produced
  • Building and extending the functionality of the Association’s data warehouse, and other research-related systems
  • Collecting member feedback and research evidence to support quality assurance and development in member institutions
  • Identifying assessment trends and contemporary initiatives and issues in libraries, archives, museums, and higher education; educating the membership about their meaning; and developing ways to address them
  • Supporting the development and advancement of a community of professionals engaged in library analytics and assessment
  • Supporting the Association to achieve its vision for the Strategic Framework 2015+ through the use of effective, sustainable, and practical assessment methodologies and surveys
  • Communicating the program’s research agenda to a broad audience
  • Understanding software platforms and technology needed to support research, analytics, and assessment efforts
  • Leading a small, expert staff that undertakes qualitative and quantitative research activities to provide organizational-performance and market data
  • Balancing input and recommendations from multiple sources, including but not limited to the ARL Board of Directors, executive director and ARL staff, ARL membership, and Assessment Committee
  • Leveraging expertise in assessment and planning in service of the Association and the larger research library ecosystem