Cartographic Metadata Librarian

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Cartographic Metadata Librarian🔍University Libraries, Stanford, California, United States📁Library📅Feb 12, 2021 Post Date📅88472 Requisition #This is a 3-year fixed term position. The position is dual posted at Librarian 2 and 3.

Stanford Libraries (SL) is seeking a full-time Cartographic Metadata Librarian to work directly with paper and digital historical and antiquarian maps held primarily in collections at the David Rumsey Map Center (DRMC). The goal of this position is to enable discovery and use of these materials across a variety of platforms including the library catalog, geospatial discovery environments, exhibits, and interactive indexes.

Regular tasks will include providing focused cataloging services based on specialized knowledge of metadata standards. Collections including those in French, Dutch, German, Latin, Spanish and Turkish will need to be processed. The person in this position will also assist library patrons (faculty, students, researchers, and other library users) with identifying and locating sources of information based upon the work done to surface materials through the library’s discovery platforms.

The position is based in the David Rumsey Map Center and reports to the Head and Curator of the Center.

About Stanford Libraries:

Stanford Libraries is a network of over 15 libraries with over 400 employees. We are committed to fueling the teaching, learning and research across Stanford by acquiring, stewarding and making available a robust collection, currently in excess of 12 million items. Everyone in the organization plays a vital role in fulfilling that objective. Our dedication to discoverability and information management also has us engaged in dynamic global partnerships. We are constantly building and strengthening our organization, and we recognize striving for excellence is a marathon and not a sprint. We are constantly trying to strike the right pace, and admit there are times when we find ourselves at a fast jog. While we hope to always find candidates who fit within our organization, what we truly seek is someone who will add to our culture, our profession as well as the greater academic arena. We are invested in the success of our teams and the individuals who represent Stanford Libraries.

Core Duties:

    Create discovery metadata for cartographic materials in accordance with accepted local practice and applicable national standards. Currently, predominate schemas are RDA applied according to the BIBCO standards and MODS.Assess the metadata requirements for new physical and digital collections.Create project estimates for the cataloging and metadata work.Participate in library-wide projects to make cartographic materials available through a variety of outlets including the library catalog, geospatial web portals, exhibit sites, and mobile applications.Provide feedback on the display of records across multiple discovery environments.Participate in relevant professional activities both within and outside Stanford.Assist patrons and staff with reference and research inquiries by searching shelves, files, and electronic resources.Staff the reference desk in the Center as needed.Other duties as assigned.

At a Librarian 2 level:

    Work directly with the Digital Library Systems and Services group and the Metadata Development Unit to set standards, create crosswalks for metadata transformations (typically to MODS), and perform quality assurance on those transformations.Design, implement, and manage workflows for original and copy cataloging, using all available resources from the professional librarian staff to hourly employees and student workers.


Education & Experience:

Advanced Degree in Library Science or a relevant academic discipline with demonstrated understanding of academic libraries or a combination of education and relevant experience. Two or more years of relevant experience in a library setting or a combination of education and relevant experience required at the Librarian 1 level; three or more years of relevant experience in a library setting or a combination of education and relevant experience required at the Librarian 2 level.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (at Librarian 1 level):

    Knowledge of relevant aspects of library operations including understanding of contemporary library practices, trends and emerging technologies.Evidence of strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a wide variety of people.
  • Effective problem solving, analytical and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated broad knowledge of library discovery environments, office automation software, and online resources.Ability to quickly learn and use print and online tools and resources and in the area of specialization.
  • Evidence of strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • High level of comfort in digital environments coupled with the ability to read complex visual information.

Other Relevant Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities May Include (at Librarian 1 level):

    Practical knowledge of current cataloging procedures and principles as defined in RDA, AACR2, MARC Bibliographic, Holdings, and Authorities formats. Ability to rapidly learn and implement new cataloging procedures and principles adopted by the Department.Working knowledge of existing and emerging metadata standards, such as MODS, Dublin Core, METS, XML, and relevant thesauri or ontologies, as required by special projects.Excellent analytical and problem solving skills combined with attention to detail for complex, detail-oriented work.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (at Librarian 2 level):

  • Three or more years of experience in a relevant library setting or similar organization with evidence of capacity to work at a high level of responsibility or a combination of education and relevant experience.

    Ability to work effectively in a team environment and negotiate issues with people from different parts of the library.

Physical Requirements*:

    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.
  • Must be able to push and maneuver a fully-loaded cart weighing up to 650 pounds that requires an initial push force up to 50 pounds.

    - 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.

Working Conditions:

      May work in confined spaces and at heights 4-10 feet; be exposed to dust and mold; work extended hours, evenings and weekends.

Work Standards:

      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 based 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,

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

Why Stanford is for You:

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, and course auditing. Join a TedTalk, watch a film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more.

Additional Information
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 1781
  • Employee Status: Fixed-Term
  • Grade: G
  • Requisition ID: 88472




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Job No:
Posted: 2/13/2021
Application Due: 4/14/2021
Work Type: Full Time