[Libs-Or] Job Posting: Digital Initiatives/Metadata Librarian, Portland State University Library
keecha at pdx.edu
Wed Sep 22 17:43:17 PDT 2010
Portland State University Library
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.
• 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
• 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
• 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,
METS, EAD, TEI, VRA.
• 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.
• Familiarity with DSpace or other content management software, and
knowledge of Institutional Repositories management, including policy
matters, intellectual property issues, and strategies for recruiting
• 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
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.
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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