Advertised Employing Department: University Library
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:
Iowa State University Library is currently seeking applicants for an avIAn Metadata Associate.This position supports the creation and application of metadata for the Avian Archives of Iowa Online (avIAn). avIAn is a two-year project supported by the “Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives” program for digitizing collections of rare and unique content in cultural heritage institutions. The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) administers the program with the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
AvIAn will be a web portal for digital Iowa ornithological primary sources dating from 1895 – 2012. The eight collections selected for this project provide robust documentation of over one hundred years of bird study in Iowa and encompass some of the Midwest’s most influential conservationists. The project will present approximately 13,600 documents, 2,124 images, 14 field journals, and 7 audiovisual recordings freely accessible online and available for education and personal reuse.
Reporting to the project director, the position's primary responsibility is the creation and application of metadata for materials digitized as part of the avIAn project. In particular, this position will be instrumental in ensuring that the project meets one of its primary goals – to present archival materials as both historical documents and as species sighting data.
This position entails working closely with the project team, therefore, the successful candidate will possess the ability to accurately report on progress, maintain a steady pace, and meet firm deadlines. The successful candidate will possess excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with faculty, staff, and students. The ability to work effectively both independently and in coordination with a team are essential to success in the position.
ISU students, staff, and faculty strive to overcome historical and divisive biases in our society. Library staff must embrace an environment of inclusion that moves beyond simple tolerance to recognizing the richness in individual identities of people, and diverse perspectives.
Required Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree and 3 years of related experience; OR a Master’s degree and 1 year of related experience.
Preferred Education and Experience:
Experience with, or education in MARC and non-MARC metadata standards used in digital libraries and archives.
Experience with or education in controlled vocabularies.
Experience or education in digital collections software such as CONTENTdm.
Education, training, or experience with ornithology, bird watching, and/or wildlife conservation and/or
education, training, or experience with life sciences nomenclature.
Experience or education in DarwinCore.
Experience generating Dublin Core and/or MODS metadata for digital cultural
This is a grant-funded position with a firm start and end date.
Iowa State University is a premier land grant institution located in Ames in the heart of Iowa. Ames celebrates all four seasons and activities to accompany each of them. Ski venues, golf courses, aquatic centers and orchards are plentiful. Ames has over 30 parks (encompassing 750 acres), 13 park shelters, dog parks and miles of bicycle and walking trails. As of the 2010 Census, the Ames population was nearly 59,000, and in 2014, CNN Money placed Ames at no. 8 on the list of top 50 best small cities in the country. Ranked no. 4 on the list of 100 Smartest Cities in America Study, no surprise that Ames and surrounding school districts are recognized nationally for quality education, low teacher-student ratios, and reading and math proficiency.
Ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation, ISU is one of three Iowa Regent's institutions. Over 16,000 employees serve a population of over 34,000 students. Iowa State is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the University Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA). Librarians teach the required-for-graduation Library 160 course, have subject responsibility in all college course areas and are readily available to assist students, faculty and staff with research pursuits.
The campus boasts amenities like Art on Campus, a collection of over 2,000 works of public art, including Grant Wood's largest murals located in Parks Library and many pieces by Sticks, Inc., founded by renowned artist and Ames native Sarah Grant. Collegerank.net lists the William Robert Parks and Ellen Sorge Parks Library at no. 16 on the list of the 50 Most Amazing College Libraries.
Visit the City of Ames, Iowa State University and the University Library for additional information.
Guaranteed Consideration Date: 04/05/2017
Proposed End Date or Length of Term: May 31, 2019 (non-negotiable)
Posting Number: 70070P