Metadata Transformation Librarian

Oct 09, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Metadata Transformation Librarian

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Stanford Medicine is seeking a motivated and resourceful metadata librarian (Librarian 1 or 2) responsible for capturing, creating, transforming, and integrating bibliographic and authority metadata using various systems to optimize resource discovery. Reporting to the Metadata Department Manager, the Metadata Transformation Librarian will be an integral part of helping to define and investigate the evolution of metadata, including long-term solutions for metadata interoperability and management. With an emphasis on data integration and relationships, Lane's Metadata department endeavors to go beyond traditional cataloging. Examples include: driving web interfaces with derived data and building records from extracted data sets.

The Metadata Transformation Librarian will work closely with staff in Resource Management and other departments within the library to ensure optimal discovery of Lane Medical Library's resources by enriching metadata in Lane's catalog.

We are seeking dynamic candidates with potential to enhance our efforts to provide creative solutions while maintaining a tradition of excellence. The position works closely with other staff to influence and achieve our collective goals in support of the School's research, clinical and educational mission.

Duties include:
  • Provides expertise in the development, implementation and assessment of metadata infrastructure policies and procedures
  • Captures, creates and transforms bibliographic and authority metadata using various systems (i.e. Voyager (currently), MarcEdit, Voyager Global Change, and locally created software)
  • Independently creates and maintains authority records, actively managing detection and resolution of problems in name, form/genre, and uniform title, etc.
  • Supplies appropriate Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) to bibliographic and authority records
  • Works closely with Metadata team to analyze annual changes to MeSH to determine appropriate preprocessing, loading and postloading processing as needed.
  • Investigates policy and procedural options and recommends changes. Communicates and actively builds relationships with Acquisitions, Collection Development, Archives/Special Collections and subject liaisons to ensure policies reflect needs of constituencies
  • Investigates and recommends solutions to various metadata problems as part of introducing new systems and procedures
  • Work with technology experts to configure, maintain, enhance, and develop discovery system
  • Monitor developments in emerging standards and projects
  • Serves as a liaison to a department (to be determined)
  • May manage staff or student staff.
* - Other duties may also be assigned

  • Education and Experience, MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited library school of the equivalent with understanding of academic libraries, preferably medical libraries.
  • Familiarity with MARC and current cataloging practices and standards
  • Understanding of the application of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) and other medical terminologies
  • Knowledge of NLM's cataloging and indexing policies and familiarity with PubMed data
  • Thorough understanding of bibliographic structures and relationships
  • Excellent judgement and decision-making skills
  • Understanding of context in complex systems relationships as it applies to data management
  • Ability to deal with change, ambiguity and complex problems and to understand inter-system relationships
  • Knowledge of data mapping and metadata transformation tasks
  • Familiarity with cross-walking, normalizing and transforming metadata using XML
  • Familiarity with XML, RDF, and other machine actionable languages; familiarity with, or ability to learn, linked data principles and standards
  • Knowledge of regular expressions
  • Familiarity with XSLT
  • Foreign language skills (prefer) German, French or Latin)

Librarian 1 requires an advanced degree in Library Science or a relevant academic discipline with demonstrated understanding of academic libraries or a combination of education and relevant experience.

Librarian 2 requires a minimum of 2 years of relevant library experience (medical library experience preferred) or a combination of education and relevant experience.

Advanced Degree in Library Science or a relevant academic discipline with demonstrated understanding of academic libraries and two or more years of relevant experiences in a relevant library setting or a combination of education and relevant experience.

  • Experience with relevant aspects of library operations including understanding of contemporary library practices, trends and emerging technologies.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the broad scope of library operations with ability to understand how their role interacts with the rest of the organization.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment and negotiate issues with people from different parts of the library.
  • Ability to identify challenges and opportunities, engage others in their resolution and recommend appropriate courses of action.
  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate online resources in terms of content quality, functionality and user interface issues.
  • Ability to independently perform complex job functions such as collection management reviews, preparation of major exhibits, developing policies for business practices.
  • Consistent display of strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated bibliographic expertise or basic managerial/supervisory skills.
  • Constantly sit, perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasps lightly/fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, reach/work above shoulders, writing by hand, kneel/crawl, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other).
  • Rarely use a telephone, operate hand controls.
*- Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


May work in confined spaces and at height 4-10 feet; be exposed to dust and mold.

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors bases on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

Job: Library

Location: School of Medicine
Schedule: Full-time
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Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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