[Metadatalibrarians] Position Announcement: Metadata Services Specialist, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Myung-Ja Han mhan3 at illinois.edu
Thu Jun 25 07:12:16 PDT 2015

*Metadata Services Specialist (Academic Professional)*
*University Library*
*University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign*

*Position Available:* As soon as possible after closing date of search.
This is for a 100% time, 12-month Academic Professional position in the
Content Access Management (CAM) department in the Technical Services
Division of the University Library.

*Duties and Responsibilities*: The University of Illinois at Urbana
Champaign seeks an innovative and experienced professional to serve in the
position of Metadata Services Specialist. This is an academic professional
position for an individual with a master’s degree in library or information
science, preferably with at least two years of metadata experience.
Reporting to the metadata librarian and metadata team leader within the
Content Access Management Unit, this position will primarily support
metadata creation and management of digital collections, with duties
extending to the Library’s other metadata services.  The Metadata Services
Specialist will develop and establish efficient metadata workflows and
maintain high standards of quality for metadata production and management
of digital collections to support discovery and access, and contribute to
the long-term stewardship of the Library’s rich digital collections.

The Metadata Service Specialist:
·       Creates, edits, and enhances metadata for digital collections
·       Formulates and implements best practices for metadata management of
digital collections
·       Leads and participates in meetings relating to digital collections
creation and their access with the Digital Content Creation unit, Library
IT, and other units of the Library
·       Investigates and proposes additional solutions for metadata
management of the Library’s digital collections
·       Provides metadata training and consulting services  to staff and
·       Monitors systems upgrades and implements appropriate new system
·       Identifies, evaluates, and stays current with emerging metadata
trends, practices, and standards

This position may participate in research activity regarding issues in
digital library development and the impact of implementing emerging
metadata-related information technologies in discovery services. As the
information landscape changes, this position may be asked to cover
additional, evolving services or functions related to enhancing the
discovery and delivery of the Library’s digital content.

*Environment:* The University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign is
one of the world’s preeminent research libraries. With more than 13 million
volumes and significant digital resources, it ranks second in size among
academic research libraries in the United States and first among public
university libraries in the world. As the intellectual heart of the campus,
the library is committed to maintaining the strongest possible collections
and services and engaging in research and development activities in pursuit
of the University’s mission of teaching, scholarship, and public service.
The library currently employs approximately 90 faculty and 300 academic
professionals, staff, and graduate assistants.  The Library consists of
multiple departmental libraries located across campus, as well as an array
of central public, technical, and administrative service units. The Library
also encompasses a variety of virtual service points and “embedded
librarian” programs. For more detailed information, please visit <

The Content Access Management (CAM) department consists of 8 permanent
faculty and academic professionals, 20 FTE civil service staff, and
academic hourly and student employees who catalog and create metadata to
facilitate the discovery and delivery of the Library's information
resources. The various units in CAM include Monographic Cataloging, Serials
Cataloging, Foreign Language Cataloging, Electronic Resources Cataloging,
Metadata Services, and Database Maintenance. Members of CAM also contribute
to large-scale digitization projects, web- scale discovery services, and
the creation, harvesting, enhancement, remediation, and transformation of
Library metadata. The unit participates in cooperative cataloging programs
to support national and international resource sharing.

ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library or Information Science
·       Experience with MARC, Dublin Core, MODS, or other metadata schemas
and standards
·       Experience in creating metadata for various types of resources
·       Experience with digital assets management tools, including
CONTENTdm, ArtStor SharedShelf, Omeka, or others
·       Demonstrated knowledge of XML, XSLT, or other data processing
·       Effective organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
·       Ability to work independently as well as cooperatively and flexibly
with a wide variety of staff in a rapidly changing environment

·       At least two years of working experience with metadata creation and
management in an academic or research library setting
·       Familiarity and understanding of library Linked Data
·       Familiarity with RDF and the Semantic Web
·       Experience participating in metadata-driven research projects
·       Experience and ability to provide metadata-related training and

*Salary and Rank:* Salary commensurate with credentials and experience.

*Terms of Appointment:* Twelve-month appointment; 24 annual vacation days;
11 annual paid holidays; 12 annual sick-leave days (cumulative), plus an
additional 13 sick-leave days (non-cumulative) available, if needed, each
year; health insurance requiring a small co-payment is provided to the
employee (with the option to purchase coverage for spouse and dependents);
required participation in State Universities Retirement System (SURS) (8%
of annual salary is withheld and is refundable upon termination), with
several options for participation in additional retirement plans;
newly-hired employees are covered by the Medicare portion of Social
Security and are subject to its deduction.

*Campus and Community:*  The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is
a comprehensive and major public land-grant university (Doctoral/Research
University-Extensive) that is ranked among the best in the world. Chartered
in 1867, it provides undergraduate and graduate education in more than 150
fields of study, conducts theoretical and applied research, and provides
public service to the state and the nation. It employs 3,000 faculty
members who serve 31,000 undergraduates and 12,000 graduate and
professional students; approximately 25% of faculty receives campus-wide
recognition each year for excellence in teaching. More information about
the campus is available at www.illinois.edu

The university is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, which
have a combined population of 125,000 and are situated about 140 miles
south of Chicago, 120 miles west of Indianapolis, and 170 northeast of St.
Louis. The university and its surrounding communities offer a cultural and
recreational environment ideally suited to the work of a major research
institution. For more information about the community, visit: <
or <http://www.ccchamber.org/

*To Apply:*  To ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate
profile at https://jobs.illinois.edu
upload a letter of interest, resume, and contact information including
email addresses for three professional references. Applications not
submitted through this website will not be considered. For questions,
please call: 217-333-8169.

*Deadline:*  In order to ensure full consideration we urge candidates to
submit application materials on or before July 20, 2015.

*Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants
will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion,
color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age,
status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a
disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds,
experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.  (*

Myung-Ja "MJ" Han
Associate Professor of Library Administration
Metadata Librarian
220 Main Library
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
1408 W. Gregory Dr. (MC-522)
Urbana, IL 61801
217-333-9515 (Main Library)
217-244-7809 (Grainger)

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