Friday, October 25, 2013

Assistant Professor - Metadata Librarian

The EWU Libraries at Eastern Washington University invites applications for a tenure track faculty position as Assistant Professor - Metadata Librarian in the JFK Library, Cheney campus. The position is available now.

The position has professional responsibilities in librarianship, scholarship, and service. Responsibilities in librarianship focus on developing and maintaining the discovery engine used to find library resources; activities in cataloging, classification, and metadata creation for library resources; participating in production of archival digital collections and microfilm preservation; guiding the selection and use of metadata schemas, controlled vocabularies, and data dictionaries to facilitate use of digital collections and institutional repository as these develop; and communicating and consulting with others about the organization, description, and discovery of library resources.

Responsibilities in librarianship include, but may not be limited to, the following:

  • Leads in developing discovery tools for library resources; partners with others to build digital archival collections and repository.
  • Consults and communicates with varied constituencies in the library, the university, and Orbis Cascade Alliance library partners about the organization, description, and discovery of library and information resources.
  • Develops metadata/cataloging policies and workflows for library resources: tangible materials, electronic resources, digitized collections, objects in the institutional repository, etc.
  • Performs and oversees cataloging, metadata, and classification activities, including coordinating with other library functions, with consortial and university library systems staff, and with other cataloging/metadata staff.
  • Responsible for identifying, batchloading, and integrating records from multiple sources, in MARC and nonMARC metadata schema.
  • Participates in development of the library's discovery service (currently WorldCat Local, will become Ex Libris Primo).
  • Coordinates shared or distributed cataloging and metadata activities with other Orbis Cascade Alliance libraries.
  • Participates in digital asset management at JFK Library, and identifies opportunities for collaboration in digitization initiatives. Participates in current digitization projects and planning for future ones. Leads in developing policies and procedures for metadata for digital assets and digitized collections.
  • Guides and collaborates on the selection and use of metadata schemas, controlled vocabularies, data dictionaries, etc., to provide access to digital collections and to a centralized or distributed institutional repository as these develop.
  • Firstline supervision of staff working on cataloging, metadata, and digital collection production.
  • Participates in library committees and working groups. Collaborates with colleagues and clients across the university and the library's regional consortium.

Applications will be accepted through 11/30/2013; screening of initial applications will begin 11/18/2013. All materials will be held in strictest confidence; references will not be contacted until candidates have been notified.

Eastern Washington University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, students, and academic program offerings and to strengthening sensitivity to diversity throughout the institution. Eastern Washington University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's in Library Science or Library and Information Science from an ALAaccredited program or comparable accredited foreign program and met qualifications for a Librarian II or III position, as defined in the Library Faculty Policies & Procedures, Part VII of the EWU Library Plan, available at
  • Knowledge of and experience in use of current and emerging cataloging standards, including RDA, AACR, LCCS, LCSH, OCLC Bibliographic Input Standards, etc. Experience in cataloging library resources in a variety of formats.
  • Knowledge of and experience in use of MARC; knowledge of a minimum of one other metadata standard, such as such as DC, CCO, DACS, DCRM(B), EAD, METS, MODS, VRA, etc.
  • Demonstrated success in managing personnel and operations in cataloging/metadata functions.
  • Demonstrated high level of written and oral communication, organizational, problemsolving and planning skills.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with a wide range of faculty, staff, and clients.
  • Ability, during the probationary period, to meet library faculty requirements for tenure in the areas of scholarship and service, as defined in Library Faculty Policies & Procedures.
  • Commitment to excellence In bibliographic control and discovery of library resources.
  • Commitment to excellence in services to students, faculty, and staff.
  • Candidate must demonstrate interest, ability and/or experience promoting cultural competency and/or diversity.
Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active participation in professional dialogue and contribution to academic librarianship, through participation in professional associations, publication, etc.
  • Demonstrated initiative in investigating new ideas and implementing change, to improve access to library collections.
  • Knowledge of ContentDM or comparable system.
  • Knowledge of one or more digital repository systems.
  • Knowledge of additional metadata standards.
  •  Successful experience in staff training, position design, workflow design, and other management and supervisory functions.

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