Digital Metadata Librarian/Research Associate Librarian or Research Assistant Librarian

MWDL Digital Metadata Librarian/Research Associate Librarian or Research Assistant Librarian
Department 00790 – Marriott Library – Operations
Track Non Tenure Track
New Position to Begin July 1, 2013
Mountain West Digital Library (UALC)
Digital Metadata Librarian
Half-time Temporary (20 hrs./wk.)

The Mountain West Digital Library (MWDL) seeks to fill two exciting temporary Librarian positions: Assistant Director/Outreach Librarian and Digital Metadata Librarian. These positions are made possible with recent grant awards to MWDL through the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), the first national digital library in the U.S. MWDL is one of the first seven service hubs in DPLA’s Digital Hubs Pilot Project and has received funding from three national agencies/foundations via DPLA. The purposes of MWDL’s participation in the DPLA Project are (1) to provide a digital “on ramp” to memory institutions in the Mountain West region, currently including Utah, Nevada, and southern Idaho, and with partners in Hawaii and Arizona; and (2) to expand MWDL services, improve its service model and funding model for long-term sustainability, and share the lessons learned with other regional and state collaboratives. These two positions are funded through August 31, 2014, under the DPLA Digital Hubs Pilot Project grants.

University of Utah Title: Research Librarian (non-tenure track career-line faculty) at the J. Willard Marriott Library, with rank based on experience and vote of Marriott Library faculty.

Description of Position: The Digital Metadata Librarian of the Mountain West Digital Library will support the improvement of metadata standards and metadata in digital collections from MWDL partners, including memory institutions in Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Arizona, Hawaii, and around the Mountain West region. Facilitate the ingestion of collections into MWDL and from there into the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Work with new partners and repositories to resolve metadata issues and Open Archives Initiative (OAI) interoperability issues. Execute ingestion of new collections into Ex Libris Primo. Perform metadata audits of new collections and spot-check existing collections. Conduct metadata training for partner institutions. Describe new collections on website. Work with Digitization Committee and DPLA to develop metadata rights policy and digital resources rights policy.

Additional responsibilities: With Assistant Director, conduct collection analyses of MWDL to prepare roadmap of our collection coverage. Explore Linked Data migration strategy for digital collections. Design topic browse pages for website. Post news to MWDL’s blog and Facebook. Create monthly newsletter from own postings and those of other MWDL staff. Assist the Program Director with investigation of new technologies of interest to collection partners. Other duties as assigned as MWDL grows and develops.

Position involves local and national travel for approximately 2-5 days per month.
This is a half-time non-tenure-track career-line faculty position reporting to the MWDL Program Director and is dependent upon receipt of funding under the sub-awards via DPLA from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. This position is funded through August 31, 2014, and will be reviewed for possible continuation at that time.

Required Qualifications: MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited graduate school or equivalent degree either completed or anticipated within one year; digital metadata emphasis in graduate school or equivalent in work experience. Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a team environment; excellent communication skills and dedication to collaborative team-building across multiple institutions. Skill with using Microsoft Office software suite or equivalent. Flexibility to assume new responsibilities as needed.

Preferred Qualifications: Three years of experience working with assigning metadata, digitizing materials, managing a digital collection or other digital library-related work. Experience with digitizing materials and managing a digital collection and other digital library-related tasks. Experience working with CONTENTdm or equivalent digital assets management system. Archives management background. RDA experience or training. Experience with constructing survey instruments. Experience with Open Archives Initiative (OAI) harvesting. Familiarity with libraries, archives, and museums in the Mountain West region a big plus. American History or similar background preferred. Skill with managing web-conferencing systems.

Salary and Benefits: Salary is $22,500-25,000 half-time, depending on experience. Excellent paid benefits including retirement fund contributions; health care plan including medical and dental coverage; and participation in various insurance programs.

Request for References: Please submit a list of three (3) references with names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses.



Nothing particularly surprising about this position other than 1) the part time nature of the position 2) the combination of the outreach responsibilities with metadata responsibilities 3) Qualifications only seem to mention the metadata requirements related to the position. (shouldn’t experience with social media be a qualification?) 4) The required qualifications are rather skimpy. I agree with the Tzoc article that independent learning is needed for many postions. But I wonder how independent “experience” is possible to achieve with aspects of digital librarianship such as OAI-MHP or Linked Data. Because so many job postings relate to a specific ILS, CMS, or programing language I almost feel that library schools should offer more technical school type classes which can give certifications with certain technologies.


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