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Virginia Tech University Libraries
  • Post Date: June 26, 2019
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Coordinator, Metadata Technologies The Coordinator, Metadata Technologies conceptualizes and plans descriptive frameworks to support discovery, access, and use of library collections and services. This position will coordinate implementation of the technical workflows and infrastructures which ensure that metadata used in and created by the Libraries are interoperable between systems, support adoption of technologies related to creation and use of metadata, and enable standardization of descriptive metadata practices across formats. Required Qualifications:  Master’s Degree in Information Science from an ALA-accredited program, or relevant combination of education and experience;  Experience working with METS and PREMIS;  Experience working with metadata in a digital library environment;  Familiarity with or knowledge of Linked Data, RDF, and JSON-LD;  Prior professional experience working in an academic research library;  Familiarity with the workflows and practices associated with library digitization projects;  Excellent time management and ability to successfully handle multiple priorities;  Effective interpersonal, written and oral communication skills;  Demonstrated ability to work autonomously;  Ability to establish and build collaborative working relationships with a wide range of people;  Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a collaborative team environment. Preferred Qualifications:  Familiarity with archival descriptive standards (especially DACS) and/or encoding standards (especially EAD and EAC-CPF);  Demonstrated skills with tools for data manipulation, such as Open Refine, XSLT, or a scripting language such as Python or Ruby. Job Duties: This position reports to the Associate Director, Metadata Services Job Duties (%): 60% Metadata Standards  Designs, documents, guides, and manages strategies, best practices, processes and schemas for authoring, harvesting, enhancing, remediating, and transforming metadata for the Libraries.  Investigates, develops, maintains, and communicates an intellectual framework for description of digital objects across projects, programs, and initiatives.  Collaborates with stakeholders to provide description of digital objects in a variety of contexts  Engages with project stakeholders to develop appropriate metadata profiles and levels of detail for digital projects and repository collections.  Consults with library groups that oversee digital initiatives to ensure consistency in descriptive metadata practices.  Evaluates, recommends, and provides functional ownership for software platforms and tools related to the creation of metadata.  Serves on or leads committees related to digital projects in the library.  Maintains knowledge and awareness of technology trends and evaluates their impact on applications used in the Libraries.  Conducts and contributes to departmental outreach when needed, such as presentations, exhibits, and publications. 30% Metadata technologies and interoperability  Employs or develops software tools and scripts to manage and migrate existing metadata sets, or to transform, tidy, and curate raw descriptive data, according to the needs of individual projects.  Explores and adopts advanced schemes or tools for metadata creation and use, automated extraction, or geospatial analysis  Works closely with Digital Libraries to architect cloud-native, API-first metadata systems supporting creation, modification, access, and preservation. 10% Maintains current awareness in the library profession and related fields.  Serves actively on appropriate departmental, library, university and professional committees.  Contributes to the knowledge base of the profession through research, publication, and professional engagement.  Provides quality services in a professional manner with demonstrated commitment to team efforts, service excellence and diversity and inclusion.  Performs other duties as assigned. Salary: Minimum $62,000 dependent on qualifications and experience Rank: A/P faculty with Lecturer rank Benefits: University benefit information can be located at Employment Conditions: Must have a criminal background check. How to Apply for this Job: Applications must be submitted online at The application package needs to include a resume, cover letter addressing the candidate’s experience with the responsibilities associated with the position, and the required and preferred qualifications, names of three (3) references and their contact information. Review of applications will begin as received and continue until the position is filled. University Libraries of Virginia Tech is a founding member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance:
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