Ithaca, NY; Metadata Librarian, Cornell University

Cornell University Library seeks a Metadata Librarian within the department of Library Technical Services.

The Metadata Librarian focuses on the creation, maintenance, and enrichment of metadata in Cornell’s broader repository ecosystem. In collaboration with colleagues, the Metadata Librarian provides expertise in the development, implementation and assessment of metadata infrastructure, policies and procedures to Cornell while monitoring external developments, standards development and changing needs in these areas. Further, the Metadata Librarian designs and enacts extract, transform and load processes for legacy MARC and non-MARC metadata, with an eye towards scaling and automating these processes.

Key Opportunities this position provides:
Focus on the integration of metadata between systems
Define and conduct efforts related to metadata design, mapping, maintenance, remediation and enhancement

Collaborate on the development of long-term solutions for improved metadata management and interoperability
Play an active role in professional organizations inside and outside of the Cornell University Library community
Duties and Responsibilities:
Metadata Management (70%)
Serves as metadata consultant on standards, best practices, tools, procedures and workflows
Plans, coordinates and conducts metadata enhancement and remediation to address better discovery for library users
Engages in infrastructure implementation and repository migration (e.g.: Samvera/Hydra, ArchivesSpace)
Creates and maintains metadata mappings between repositories and discovery environment indexing efforts
Creates and maintains local documentation on metadata standards and application profiles
Develops and provides training to library staff regarding resource description, metadata remediation and metadata management
Maintains strong working relationships and communicates regularly with staff across Cornell, fostering collaborative efforts between Metadata Services and the greater

Cornell community
Batch Processing Activities (20%)
Participates in the development, implementation and execution of LTS’s often complex batch processing routines in Voyager; includes automated extraction, updating, export and creation of MARC catalog records as well as the development and use of related reports
Advises on and participates in the anticipated transition of LTS’s batch processing routines from Voyager to the OLE/FOLIO environment
Professional Activities (10%)
Identifies and engages in national areas of interest in metadata development, particularly focusing on institutional participation and engagement
Monitors and contributes to the development of local, national, and international metadata standards and policies; conducts research and contributes to professional publications and forums
Actively participates in CUL and professional working groups, task forces, instruction programs, and committees; maintains strong working relationship and communicates regularly with staff in CUL departments and divisions and at other institutions
Required Qualifications
ALA-accredited MLIS or equivalent advanced degree alongside experience manipulating and transforming metadata or datasets
Knowledge of a variety of MARC and non-MARC metadata standards and schema
Demonstrated skills with scripting languages and/or tools for data manipulation (e.g. OpenRefine, Python, XSLT, etc.)
Experience creating, editing, enhancing, transforming or migrating legacy metadata
Aptitude for learning new technologies and metadata standards
Aptitude for working at larger scale
Strong service orientation and interest in library users’ values and needs
Excellent communication and analytic skills, including the ability to work well in a team-based environment
Preferred Qualifications
Two to three years of experience working with metadata in a library setting
Practical experience in the use of MARC and non-MARC principles, standards and tools
Understanding of linked data principles, including RDF and ontologies
Excellent organizational and project management skills
Demonstrated experience creating and working with authority data(e.g. LC authorities, Getty vocabularies, ORCID, ISNI, etc.)
One of the leading academic research libraries in the United States, Cornell University Library is a highly valued partner in teaching, research and learning at the university. With an operating budget of over $58 million and a diverse and innovative staff of more than 400, the Library supports 2,700 faculty, 22,000 students and 94 PhD fields. Its world class collections, expert librarians, responsive services in physical and virtual library spaces inspire and nourish scholarship and learning.
Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package including 22 vacation days, 12 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, and university retirement contributions (TIAA-CREF and other options). Professional travel funding available.
Application Instructions: Please include a cover letter, resume, and the names, phone numbers, and addresses for three references (preferred as one PDF document). Preference will be given to applications received by June 30, 2017. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable pool of finalists has been identified.
Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position.
Working Conditions:
Essential Physical Requirements: Typically lifts less than 10 lbs
Visual: Normal concentration
Hazards: Limited exposure

University Job Title:
Assistant Librarian
Pay Rate Type:
Contact Name:
Bonnie Bailey
Number of Openings:
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