[Metadatalibrarians] Job Posting - Visiting Metadata Services Specialist for Illinois Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Hub

Myung-Ja Han mhan3 at illinois.edu
Fri Mar 25 12:34:51 PDT 2016

*Visiting Metadata Services Specialist for Illinois Digital Public Library
of America (DPLA) Hub*

*(Academic Professional)*

University Library

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

February 16, 2016

*Position Available*: As soon as possible after the closing date of the
search. This is for a regular 100%, 2.5-Year Visiting Academic Professional
appointment, with the potential of becoming permanent.

*Duties and Responsibilities*: The University of Illinois at Urbana
Champaign seeks an innovative and experienced professional to serve in the
position of Metadata Specialist, who will be responsible for the overall
metadata quality control for the Illinois Digital Public Library of America
(DPLA) Service Hub. The DPLA Service Hub is made up of four partner
institutions (the Illinois State Library, the Consortium of Academic and
Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), the Chicago Public Library, and the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library) that support all
institutions participating in the Illinois DPLA Hub. Working closely with
the senior Metadata Librarian, the successful candidate will develop and
establish the Illinois DPLA Hub metadata best practices and help provide
metadata training for all participating institutions. Working with metadata
providers and employing metadata remediation methods as appropriate, this
position will ensure high standards for all metadata contributed to the
DPLA through the Illinois Hub. Reporting to the Library’s senior Metadata
Librarian, the Metadata Specialist will work in the Content Access
Management unit within the Technical Services Division and will work with
metadata personnel in participating institutions of the Illinois DPLA Hub.

The Metadata Specialist will be responsible for:

§  Developing and creating metadata best practices documentation for the
Illinois DPLA Hub

§  Providing metadata training, including controlled vocabulary, metadata
standards, and mapping of data to metadata, to staff at participating

§  Analyzing metadata quality and mapping practices to identify required
metadata clean-up work

§  Performing metadata remediation to improve the metadata quality

§  Participating in and leading Illinois DPLA Hub meetings relating to
metadata, including metadata best practices, policies, and workflows

§  Synchronizing metadata-related tasks to ensure efficiency among the
participating individual institutions, the Illinois State Library, and
CARLI in providing metadata to DPLA using REPOX

 Academic Professional employees are encouraged to use “investigation time”
to pursue areas of interest, not directly in support of an immediate
program need, in accordance with the University Library’s policy on
Investigation Time for Academic Professional Employees <
Some investigations originating in this manner may evolve into regular work
assignments or production activities.

 As the information landscape changes, this position may be asked to cover
additional and evolving services or functions related to enhancing the
discovery and delivery of participating institutions’ digital content.

*Environment*: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
Library is a leader in the delivery of user services, and active programs
in information, instructional, access, and scholarly services help the
Library to maintain its place at the intellectual heart of the campus. The
Library also holds one of the preeminent research collections in the world,
encompassing more than 13 million volumes and a total of more than 23
million items. The Library is committed to maintaining the strongest
collections and service programs possible, and to engaging in research,
development, and scholarly practice - all of which support the University's
missions of teaching, research, and public engagement. The Library employs
approximately 90 faculty members, and more than 300 academic professionals,
staff, and graduate assistants. For more information, see:

The Content Access Management (CAM) department consists of nine faculty and
academic professionals, 20 FTE civil service staff, and 7 FTE academic
hourly and student employees engaged in cataloging and metadata creation 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 Authority Control. 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 with digital assets management systems, such as
CONTENTdm, SharedShelf, Omeka, or Veredian

·       Demonstrable knowledge of XML, XSLT, or other data processing

§  Familiarity with current metadata issues and trends

§  Strong computer skills including spreadsheet and database applications

§  Effective organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills

§  Ability to work independently as well as cooperatively and flexibly with
a wide variety of stakeholders 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 with and understanding of linked data development and

§  Experience with managing multi-institution collaborative research

§  Experience with metadata harvesting and metadata clean-up projects

§  Familiarity with the Europeana Data Model

§  Experience with providing metadata-related training and instruction

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

**This position is funded by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)
from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).*

 *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 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 100,000 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:

*To Apply*: To ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate
profile at https://jobs.illinois.edu/ and 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 April 22, 2016.

*The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job
candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.*

*Illinois is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes
individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace
and value diversity and inclusivity. **www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu*

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