[Libs-Or] Job Posting: Digital Initiatives/Metadata Librarian, Portland State University Library

Anne Keech keecha at pdx.edu
Wed Sep 22 17:43:17 PDT 2010

  Portland State University Library
Position Announcement
Digital Initiatives/Metadata Librarian

The Digital Initiatives/Metadata Librarian provides expertise and work 
in the creation and maintenance of digital content and metadata for the 
Library’s systems, including its online catalog and repository. This 
innovative, energetic individual will work collaboratively to develop, 
refine, and implement policies, procedures, workflows, metadata 
standards and crosswalks for digital collections; manage assigned 
digitization projects; and participate in the overall management of 
digital collections and production work. This position reports to the 
Associate University Librarian, and is a full-time, 12-month, 
tenure-track position with the rank of Assistant Professor in the 
Resource Services and Technology (RST) unit. The incumbent will be 
expected to work collaboratively to build partnerships within the 
Library and the campus; engage in scholarly activities; and provide 
service to the university, the community, and the profession.

Specific Responsibilities
• Lead and/or participate in the planning and implementation of projects 
and initiatives related to digital collections, including the 
digitization of materials in a variety of formats. Provide plans for 
digital projects, monitor the timely progress of ongoing projects, and 
create documentation for project-related activities.
• Lead and/or participate in digital content creation, and in the 
evaluation and application of appropriate metadata schemas to provide 
description and access to various digital objects. This includes keeping 
up to date with national metadata standards and schemas, and being 
responsible for interpreting and adapting those for local purposes.
• Propose, plan, and lead the Library’s digital preservation program in 
collaboration with stakeholders, establishing policies and best 
practices for the long-term protection of and access to digital objects.
• Act as liaison for digitization and metadata projects with other 
departments within the library and/or other campus groups.
• Assist with training and technical advice to library staff regarding 
digitization standards and metadata assignment.
• Evaluate, analyze, and implement systems-related aspects related to 
digitization, digital preservation, and metadata operations.
• Participate in the collaborative development of metadata/cataloging 
tools, and discovery and presentation tools and applications.
• Participate in digital library-related initiatives and projects with 
Oregon University System institutions, the Orbis Cascade Alliance, and 
other groups, as assigned.
• Provide occasional assistance to the Monographic Cataloging team and 
participate in its projects as appropriate, working closely with the 
Head of Monographic Cataloging.
• Participate in marketing and outreach efforts by contributing content 
to the Library’s Web sites, blogs, and electronic publications.
• Adhere to University and Library policies and procedures, including 
Portland State University’s Professional Standards of Conduct 
• Participate in the establishment of short- and long-range goals, 
objectives, and priorities, aligned with those of the Library and the 
• Participate in promoting and providing visibility for a positive, 
responsive image of the Library and its services to the University 
community and the community at large.
• Communicate openly and professionally with staff, colleagues, and with 
Library administration.
• Maintain current expertise through participation in workshops, 
classes, professional associations and networks, and through continued 
awareness of the scholarly literature.
• Pursue active publication and research agenda.
• Other duties as assigned.
• Master’s degree earned from an ALA-accredited Library/Information 
Science program.
• Minimum of two years of professional experience supporting digital 
collections and/or metadata services in an academic library.
• Demonstrated experience working with digital library content and 
metadata standards, including non-MARC schema such as Dublin Core, MODS, 
• Demonstrated technical experience with current digital collection 
technologies, standards, platforms, and products.
• Demonstrated project management experience.
• Knowledge of the standards and technological framework for digital 
• Demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging national cataloging 
standards, including MARC, controlled vocabularies, RDA, FRBR, etc.
• Excellent organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills with 
excellent attention to detail and a high level of accuracy.
• Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
• Commitment to professional development and service.
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
• Technology skills and experience appropriate for the position.
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse colleagues, 
faculty, and students.
• Ability to successfully complete a background check.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Familiarity with DSpace or other content management software, and 
knowledge of Institutional Repositories management, including policy 
matters, intellectual property issues, and strategies for recruiting 
appropriate content.
• Thorough knowledge of OCLC bibliographic utilities, and experience 
with cataloging in an Integrated Library System, preferably in the 
Innovative Interfaces, Inc.’s Millennium system.
• Original cataloging experience and reading knowledge of one or more 
non-English languages.

The Environment:
Located in one of the most livable cities in the United States, Portland 
State University is a nationally recognized leader in community-based 
learning, and is located on the tree-lined blocks of downtown Portland. 
The University offers its 28,000 students more than 100 undergraduate, 
graduate, and doctoral degrees.

Salary and Benefits:
Compensation and rank are commensurate with experience. The salary range 
begins at a minimum of $61,320, and includes an excellent benefits 
package including fully paid health care, reduced tuition rates, and a 
generous retirement and vacation package.

Review of applicants will begin approximately October 17, 2010, and will 
remain open until finalists are identified.

To Apply:
Send cover letter; resume; and names, address, phone numbers, and e-mail 
addresses of four references to: Anne Keech, Search Coordinator, 
keecha at pdx.edu. Transcripts and background checks will be required for 
finalists. In cover letter, address how your knowledge and experiences 
meet qualifications. Electronic application materials are strongly 
preferred (Word or .pdf documents). However, materials may be mailed to:

Portland State University Library – LIBW
Post Office Box 1151
c/o Anne Keech, Search Coordinator
Portland, OR 97207-1151

Portland State University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity 
Institution and welcomes applications from diverse candidates and 
candidates who support diversity.

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