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Metadata Librarian

Employer
The University of Alabama
Location
Tuscaloosa, AL

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Job Details

Requisition Number::

0813189

Number of Open Positions::

2

Position Title::

Assistant Professor

Other Title Information::

Metadata Librarian

Organization::

219101 - UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES

Position Summary::

METADATA LIBRARIAN
RESPONSIBILITIES: The University of Alabama Libraries is seeking a dynamic, highly motivated individual for the position of Metadata Librarian. Reporting to the Coordinator of Metadata in the Resource Acquisition & Discovery department and working collaboratively in a team with 4 metadata librarians, and appropriate units in the Libraries, this position supports the discovery of and access to the Libraries resources through providing cataloging records adhering to current cataloging standards, and analysis and enrichment of the catalog. This position will play a role in improving discovery for patrons. Specific duties include, but are not limited to: original and complex cataloging of monographs, continuing resources, non-book materials such as sound recordings, kits, videos, etc.; performing authority work; evaluating catalog data for resource discovery; and keeping current with issues and trends in cataloging. The candidates must also possess the ability to deal with change and ambiguity in an academic setting. Responsibilities of the position will evolve as the library environment continues to change.
The University of Alabama Libraries is engaged as a beta partner on the FOLIO project. The Metadata Librarians will work as part of the FOLIO project management cycle as modules are developed and tested. University Libraries currently is a Voyager site and uses Ebsco Discovery Services as its discovery layer.

Ad Text::

THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA LIBRARIES METADATA LIBRARIAN
RESPONSIBILITIES: The University of Alabama Libraries is seeking a dynamic, highly motivated individual for the position of Metadata Librarian. Reporting to the Coordinator of Metadata in the Resource Acquisition & Discovery department and working collaboratively in a team with 4 metadata librarians, and appropriate units in the Libraries, this position supports the discovery of and access to the Libraries resources through providing cataloging records adhering to current cataloging standards, and analysis and enrichment of the catalog. This position will play a role in improving discovery for patrons. Specific duties include, but are not limited to: original and complex cataloging of monographs, continuing resources, non-book materials such as sound recordings, kits, videos, etc.; performing authority work; evaluating catalog data for resource discovery; and keeping current with issues and trends in cataloging. The candidates must also possess the ability to deal with change and ambiguity in an academic setting. Responsibilities of the position will evolve as the library environment continues to change.
The University of Alabama Libraries is engaged as a beta partner on the FOLIO project. The Metadata Librarians will work as part of the FOLIO project management cycle as modules are developed and tested. University Libraries currently is a Voyager site and uses Ebsco Discovery Services as its discovery layer.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
o Masters in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program.
o Experience creating cataloging records and performing authority control.
o Knowledge of relevant foundational metadata and technologies including but not limited to: RDA, LCC, LCSH, MARC21, etc.
o Experience using OCLC Connexion.
o Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively with diverse constituencies.

o Comfortable with ambiguity.
o Excellent verbal and written communication, including associated skills such as listening and adapting.
o Ability to solve problems independently or collaboratively, using sound judgment in decision-making.
o Familiar with professional standards, best practices, and emerging technologies in metadata and libraries.
o Willingness to explore new technologies and to find ways to incorporate them in order to enhance services and complete tasks more efficiently.
o Ability to adapt quickly to new standards and technologies.
o Job duties continue to change with the evolving research library environment

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
o 1-2 years’ professional experience with cataloging or metadata creation in an academic library.
o Experience using integrated library systems (Voyager preferred).
o Knowledge of data manipulation using MarcEdit, EXCEL, or OpenRefine.
o Knowledge of batch loading MARC records.
o Knowledge of linked data models and emerging tools such as LRM, RDF, RDFa, BIBFRAME, etc.
o Knowledge of non-MARC metadata schemas including but not limited to Dublin Core, and MODS.
o Knowledge of EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS).

ENVIRONMENT: The University of Alabama, The Capstone University, is the State of Alabama’s flagship public university and the senior comprehensive doctoral level institution in Alabama. UA enrolls over 38,000 students. Ranked among the top 60 public universities in the nation in U.S. News and World Report’s annual college rankings for more than a decade, UA ranked 51st among public universities in the 2018 rankings. University of Alabama students continue to win prestigious national awards. Fifty-one UA students have been named Goldwater Scholars, including four in 2017. The University of Alabama has produced a total of 15 Rhodes Scholars, 16 Truman Scholars, 32 Hollings Scholars and 11 Boren Scholars. The University of Alabama is a leader among public universities nationwide in the enrollment of National Merit Scholars with more than 500 currently enrolled. Under the leadership of President Stuart Bell, UA has launched a strategic planning process that includes an aggressive research agenda and expansion of graduate education. UA is located in Tuscaloosa, a metropolitan area of 200,000, with a vibrant economy, a moderate climate, and a reputation across the South as an innovative, progressive community with an excellent quality of life. Tuscaloosa provides easy access to mountains, several large cities, and the beautiful Gulf Coast.
The University Libraries maintains memberships in the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, the Coalition for Networked Information, centerNet, LYRASIS, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries, the Digital Preservation Network, and the Alabama Digital Preservation Network. As a U.S. Government Documents Regional Depository, the UA Libraries serves Alabama libraries and the public. The University Libraries homepage may be accessed at http://www.libraries.ua.edu
Prior to employment the successful candidate must pass a pre-employment background investigation.

SALARY/BENEFITS: 12 month non-tenure track renewable faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor rank. Salary is $52,000-$70,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience. Strong benefits including professional development support and tuition fee waiver.
TO APPLY: Applications are accepted online only at https://facultyjobs.ua.edu . Click Search Positions. University Libraries in Organization drop down box. Please include your application, Curriculum Vitae, and names, addresses, phone numbers, and e- mail addresses of three references, including one current supervisor.
Consideration of applications will begin October 7, 2021 and will continue until position is filled. The University of Alabama is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. Applicants from a broad spectrum of people,
The University of Alabama is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. Applicants from a broad spectrum of people, including women, members of ethnic minorities and disabled persons, are especially encouraged to apply.

For questions regarding the search, contact Dr. Millie Jackson, Senior Associate Dean, at [email protected] .

THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER

UA EEO Statement:

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, age, genetic or family medical history information, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other legally protected basis, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases. Follow the link below to find out more.
“EEO is the Law” https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf
“EEO is the Law” Poster Supplement http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/OFCCP_EEO_Supplement_Final_JRF_QA_508c.pdf

Search Initiation Date::

09/03/2021

Expected Starting Date::

02/01/2022

College/School/Division::

Libraries

Post To Ihe:

Yes

Organization

The University of Alabama embodies an academic community that demands excellence in teaching, research and service and provides an inclusive, nurturing environment for the discovery of knowledge and the development of well-rounded leaders. Founded in 1831 as Alabama's first public college and known as the Capstone of Higher Education, UA provides a premier undergraduate and graduate education built upon global engagement, high-quality scholarship, outstanding teaching, and diversity and inclusivity throughout the community.

Our Mission

The University of Alabama will advance the intellectual and social condition of the people of the state, the nation and the world through the creation, translation and dissemination of knowledge with an emphasis on quality programs in the areas of teaching, research and service.

Our Vision

The University of Alabama will be known as the university of choice for the best and brightest students in Alabama, and all students who seek exceptional educational opportunities. The University of Alabama will be a student-centered research university and an academic community united in its commitment to enhance the quality of life for all Alabamians and the citizens of the nation and the world.

Our Core Values

The University of Alabama is committed to:

  • Undergraduate education that produces socially-conscious, ethical and well-rounded leaders who are grounded in their subject matter and capable of controlling their own destinies.
  • Graduate education that is deeply vested in subject matter knowledge, professional content, research skills and creative activity.
  • Public outreach and service that is held in the highest regard and fosters impactful public engagement to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Alabama, the nation and the world.
  • Campus life that embodies collaboration, collegiality, respect and a culture of inclusivity.

Our Strategic Goals

  • Provide a premier undergraduate and graduate education that offers a global perspective and is characterized by outstanding teaching, high-quality scholarship and distinctive curricular and co-curricular programs. Increase the University’s productivity and innovation in research, scholarship and creative activities that impact economic and societal development.
  • Enrich our learning and work environment by providing an accepting, inclusive community that attracts and supports a diverse faculty, staff and student body.
  • Provide opportunities and resources that facilitate work-life balance and enhance the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty and staff.
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