This Position is double posted at the 3P1/3P2 levels. The position supports creation, organization, and maintenance of metadata to facilitate discovery and access to library information resources in various formats, using traditional cataloging standards as well as existing and emerging metadata schemas and techniques, and also includes reviewing print materials in Humanities subject area for discovery metadata creation. (The appointment will be made at the Assistant or Associate level, depending on qualifications and experience.)
RESPONSIBILITIES: Creates discovery metadata for Humanities materials applying the metadata schema appropriate to the material as defined by policy. Currently, predominate schema is AACR2 applied according to the BIBCO standards, but others such as Dublin Core applied as needed. Responsible for associated authority work and quality control as defined by policy for particular schemas; participates in the NACO and SACO programs: searches authority files, creates and updates name and series authority records. Collaborates with team members to evaluate, select, and apply metadata schemas and techniques, standards, data elements, and thesauri to provide description and access to SULAIR collections. Actively pursues innovative discovery techniques as they emerge and adapts them to the local environment. May act as project manager or consultant for the creation and management of descriptive and other metadata for selected projects in Metadata Dept. Maintains active link with the curators responsible for Humanities collections; serves as language expert for catalogers and staff in Technical Services. Participates in relevant professional activities. Performs other duties as needed.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS: Masters degree from an ALA-accredited institution required. Theoretical knowledge of current cataloging procedures and principles as defined in AACR2, the MARC Bibliographic, Holdings, and Authorities formats.) Practical knowledge required for the Associate level.)
Ability to rapidly learn and implement new cataloging procedures and principles adopted by the Department.
Advanced knowledge of one modern Western European language, Spanish preferred; working knowledge of all other modern Western European languages.
Ability to learn, analyze, and utilize existing and emerging metadata standards, such as Dublin Core, EAD, MODS, METS, OAI, TEI, XML, and relevant thesauri or ontologies, as required by special projects. Ability to provide mapping between different metadata standards in a dynamic environment.
Knowledge of XML and XSLT (desirable for the Assistant, required for the Associate level). Project management skills (experience required for the Associate level).
High level of proficiency using PC-based applications (Windows, word processing, spreadsheets) and other computer applications (email, Internet, Integrated Library Systems); high level computer competency kept up to date through continuous learning.
Excellent analytic and problem solving skills. Consistent accuracy and attention to detail while maintaining a very high level of productivity. Effective oral and written communication skills. Ability to work independently and as a team member in a rapidly changing environment on a variety of simultaneous workflows. Commitment to professional development and service.
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