[Metadatalibrarians] Job Opening: Metadata Initiatives Librarian @ The Ohio State University Libraries

Terry Reese reeset at gmail.com
Thu Aug 9 11:33:55 PDT 2018

I'd like to highlight a new position at the Ohio State University Libraries,
the new Metadata Initiatives Librarian.  This position has been created as
part of a larger strategic effort to improve discovery and description...and
place these in the context of a more user focused organization.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Preference will
be given to applications received by September 2, 2018.


The full PD can be found at:


Thank you for your assistance in identifying qualified candidates for this






Metadata Initiatives Librarian


The Ohio State University Libraries seeks a dynamic and self-motivated
individual for the position of Metadata Initiatives Librarian. The
University Libraries are currently accelerating and reconfiguring our
discovery environment and underlying infrastructures. Building on Digital
Collections (https://library.osu.edu/dc) and other digital initiatives, the
Metadata Initiatives Librarian will help the University Libraries enhance
discovery and use of our rich collections and services. The Metadata
Initiatives Librarian will work collaboratively across the organization to
advance the University Libraries' metadata program to initiate, plan,
prioritize, document, and execute metadata activities. Act to ensure that
metadata for digital collections (often represented by diverse data types)
are effectively integrated with traditional library collections across
various discovery tools, metadata is migrated between systems, and metadata
are being created and maintained according to best practices. Collaborates
with Head of Bibliographic Initiatives to position the University Libraries
for the future of user-centered description of library collections.



. Lead development and implementation of metadata guidelines and data
models. Work with a variety of stakeholders to document guidelines and best
practices for metadata for the OSU University Libraries across multiple
platforms. Provide training and support for ongoing creation of metadata
that meets these standards. Develop data models to support discovery and
exchange of metadata within University Libraries.

. Leverage metadata for discovery and use of collections. Engage in
discovery and use initiatives with University Libraries and the library
community, such as Digital Public Library of America. Assist in the growth
and development of metadata infrastructure to support digital initiatives.
In collaboration with the Head of Bibliographic Initiatives and other
partners, prepare University Libraries for the transition from the present
MARC focused environment to one that facilitates the management and use of
linked data.

. Build sustainable workflows and practices. Actively partner across
University Libraries, including with Preservation and Reformatting,
Information Technology, and content specialists, to understand needs and
develop efficient and effective workflows for metadata creation,
maintenance, and use. Through this collaboration, ensure sufficient metadata
for discovery and management of digitized, born-digital, and physical

. Transform metadata. Evaluate, transform, and remediate metadata to support
active efforts to consolidate existing metadata and digital resources from a
variety of legacy tools and to support content creation.

. Engage as member of the leadership team of Acquisitions and Discovery with
responsibility for metadata that robustly supports a user-centered discovery

. Educate and collaborate. Consult with and advise partners and stakeholders
on metadata issues. Effectively communicate metadata needs and

. Participate proactively on library-wide committees, task forces and teams,
and with partners in the metadata community.

. Manage staffing resources for metadata.

. Contribute to developments in the arena of metadata or discovery through
active professional engagement and research, presenting and publishing in
appropriate venues.


Required Qualifications:


. An ALA-accredited master's degree, a master's degree with specialization
in archives, a master's degree in museum studies or a comparable graduate
degree in one of the above fields from a non-U.S. university, reviewed on a
case by case basis.

. Substantial expertise with current and emerging issues, trends, workflows,
and best practices in metadata, gained through at least three years of
professional experience.

. Detailed knowledge of metadata standards such as Dublin Core, VRA Core,

. Demonstrated capabilities leveraging scripting languages and/or tools for
data manipulation (e.g. OpenRefine, Python, XSLT, etc.).

. Flexibility and creativity in adapting to rapidly changing metadata
management environments.

. Excellent analytical skills, including complex problems solving.

. Effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

. Commitment to librarianship, scholarship, and service which are required
criteria to meet University and University Libraries requirements for
promotion and tenure




This is a full-time, permanent, 12-month appointment. For appointment as a
tenure-track faculty member, the candidate will be required to meet
university and Libraries requirements for promotion and tenure. Salary,
position type, and faculty rank are dependent on qualifications and




All of the benefits available to you reflect Ohio State's commitment to
provide high-quality, affordable plans and represent a significant component
of your total rewards for working at Ohio State.  The University offers
competitive benefits in the form of 22 days of vacation, 15 days sick leave,
10 holidays, medical, dental, vision, long-term disability insurance, and
life insurance at 2.5 times one's annual salary. State and alternative
retirement choices are also available. For a summary of benefits, see:


Join Us!


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Preference will
be given to applications received by September 2, 2018. Please send cover
letter, CV, references, and salary requirements to Kristin Gall,
gall.108 at osu.edu <mailto:gall.108 at osu.edu> .   Please include Metadata
Initiatives Librarian in the subject field.


The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified
applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race,
color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin,
disability status, or protected veteran status.



Terry Reese

Head of Digital Initiatives

University Libraries 

320F 18th Avenue Library, 175 West 18th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210

614-292-8263 Office / 614-407-4998 Mobile

reese.2179 at osu.edu / http://library.osu.edu / http://reeset.net  



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