Advertised Employing Department: University Library
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:
Iowa State University is growing, with record enrollment and increasing faculty hires. To help advance the university's mission, the library seeks a collaborative Metadata Librarian (I or II) to implement, support and experiment with metadata strategies associated with the institutional repository. This position will also create metadata for digital collections projects. This is a great opportunity to participate in the development of new and creative approaches to provide access to library materials. When you embark on a career at Iowa State University Library, you'll be surrounded by adventurous minds who are changing the world and shaping the future.
Besides collaborating in the creation, editing, and quality control of metadata, work includes managing the processing and upload of metadata for electronic theses and dissertations, implementing strategies for automatic transformation and extraction of metadata, and training library staff in the creation of metadata. The position will also have a fundamental role in preparing for the linked data environment by working with colleagues to develop and maintain controlled vocabularies and helping implement and manage Persistent Identifiers.
A successful Iowa State Librarian I or II will need to be able to continually demonstrate effective job performance, supervisory duties (as assigned), development and growth by increasing knowledge and understanding of the profession. All Librarians will have potential to, or will demonstrate, effective institutional service and explore or have established areas of research and/or participation in relevant external professional activities, establishing area(s) of research interest or exhibiting leadership at higher Librarian levels.
A Librarian I will explore, show interest in and have potential for institutional service and external professional activities. A Librarian II will be able to demonstrate, through evidence, increasing skills and leadership potential.
Important attributes will include how to plan, organize, set and achieve goals. Having the ability to effectively communicate and collaborate will be essential to your success, and you'll be working alongside us to achieve this goal. You'll also need to embrace the Library's core values, demonstrate collegiality, and have strong commitment to public service and the land grant mission.
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:
Master’s degree and related experience.
Preferred Education and Experience:
Experience with or education in MARC and non-MARC metadata standards used for born digital materials.
Experience with or education in tools used in the creation, extraction, quality control, and transformation of metadata such as: XML, XSLT, Microsoft Excel, OpenRefine, MarcEdit, regular expressions, etc.
Experience using a programming language (e.g, Python, Ruby, PHP) to automate tasks and interact with APIs.
Experience in designing workflows and/or managing projects.
Experience documenting workflows and writing and editing technical documentation and training materials related to metadata work.
Experience with or education in vocabulary management systems including using various controlled vocabularies and constructing and maintaining local ontologies and vocabularies.
Experience or education in digital content management systems used for digital repositories, such as Digital Commons or DSpace.
Experience with or education in archival descriptive traditions and practices, as well as digital preservation metadata and strategies.
Experience training and/or supervising staff.
This is a non-tenure, non-faculty position.
Digital collections site: http://di.lib.iastate.edu. Institutional repository site: http://lib.dr.iastate.edu
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.
Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. Over 36,000 students are enrolled and served by over 6,200 faculty and staff (see www.iastate.edu). Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,0...00, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted the best college town in the nation (see www.visitames.com). Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented minorities, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.