Reporting to the Head of Metadata Services in the Access & Resource Services Division, the Metadata Analystsupports initiatives that relate to digital scholarship, digitization, special collections access, and other metadata-dependent efforts to describe, manage, expose and share collections with users. The incumbent will interact with curators, archivists, librarians, technologists, researchers and students to learn about and deliver metadata solutions for projects and programs. The Metadata Analyst focuses on creating and normalizing metadata, optimizing the interoperability of metadata among systems, and leveraging metadata to increase discoverability and use of collections and monitors emerging technologies and recommends their adoption if they meet project or long-term organizational goals. Additionally, the Metadata Analyst will utilize technologies and tools, such as automation techniques, and programmatic methods, to create, edit, enrich, and transform metadata as needed.
Essential Responsibilities & Duties
Metadata Analysis and Solutions:
- Provides and anticipates metadata solutions for a wide variety projects, services, and stakeholders throughout the Emory Libraries, other areas of Library and Information Technology Services (LITS), the University, and partners external to Emory.
- Utilize tools, automation techniques, and programmatic methods, to create, enrich, and transform metadata.
- Contributes to research and development of other metadata projects and initiatives.
- Migrate, remediate, and enhance legacy metadata.
- Identifies, designs, and develops schemas, ontologies, taxonomies, vocabularies, etc. for images, sound, video, text, realia, graphics, data, geospatial data, etc.
- Working with the Head of Metadata Services, ensure that metadata aligns with policies set forth by the Emory Libraries.
- Develops training and documentation in support of metadata encoding and transformation for metadata librarians and catalogers.
- Lead projects and supervise staff, as needed.
- Participate in the collection, analysis and reporting of metadata statistics, workflow metrics, and any other measures contributing to departmental goals of meeting local and national standards and metadata quality control and efficiency.
- Facilitates improved metadata workflows through staff skills development.
- Facilitates meetings to learn about needs and to develop agreement and consensus.
- Participates in appropriate professional and scholarly associations and organizations including maintaining membership and/or accreditation; attending meetings, conferences, workshops; and serving in appointed or elected positions.
- Maintains up-to-date professional knowledge and skills in areas related to primary job assignment as well as maintains general knowledge of current trends in higher education, academic libraries, and information and educational technology.
- Provides reference assistance to Emory students and faculty, visiting scholars, and the public as needed and assigned.
- Adheres to guidelines outlined in the Handbook Governing the Librarian series for Faculty-Equivalent Librariansto ensure appointment, appointment renewal and promotion-in-rank
- Participates in library and campus committees as appropriate for service purposes.
- ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library and Information Science OR equivalent education and experience (subject expertise combined with appropriate teaching experience and/or library experience).
- Ability to build and sustain effective interpersonal relationships with library staff, faculty and students, off campus faculty and administrators, campus administrators, etc.
- Knowledge of basic administration, management and automation of various digital assets management environments.
- Familiarity with metadata authority systems and controlled vocabularies (e.g. Library of Congress, Getty, rightsstatements.org)
- Experience with data formats outputted by repositories and library management systems (e.g. CSV, JSON, XML)
- Experience with library, museum and archives metadata standards and encoding schemes e.g., MODS, Dublin Core, MARC, VRA, EAD.
- Experience with tools for cleaning and transforming data, such as RegEx, Open Refine, or XSLT.
- Evidence of analytical, organizational, communication, project, and time management skills and demonstrated ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and complete tasks and projects on time and within budget and in accordance with task/project parameters.
- Demonstrated proficiency and capabilities with personal computers and software, the Web, and library-relevant information technology applications. Working knowledge of standard computer office applications such as Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint or other productivity software.
- Commitment to fostering a diverse educational environment and workplace and an ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty and student population.
- Capacity to thrive in an ambiguous, future-oriented environment of a major research institution and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities.
- Demonstrated knowledge of current trends and issues in academic libraries, higher education, and relevant subject disciplines.
- Evidence of active participation, involvement, and leadership in local, state, regional, national, or international professional or scholarly associations.
- At least 2 years of professional experience working with metadata in an academic library setting.
- Experience with Ex Libris products (Primo, Alma).
- Working knowledge of the Samvera digital repository framework or other digital repository platforms.
- Familiarity with preservation repository metadata standards/schemes (e.g. METS, PREMIS, BagIt, FITS)
- Familiarity with programming/scripting languages, preferably Python, or Ruby.
- Experience with tools to extract data from repositories and library management systems (e.g. SQL, APIs).
- Knowledge of library technology protocols such as OpenURL, OAI-PMH, and Z39.50.
- Experience with JSTOR Forum, Omeka, or other content creation systems.
- Familiarity with semantic web and linked data concepts.
Applications may be submitted as Word or PDF attachments and must include:
- Cover letter of application describing qualifications and experience;
- Current resume/vita detailing education and relevant experience; and
- On a separate document list the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of 3 professional references including a current or previous supervisor.
Candidates applying by May 27, 2019 will receive priority consideration. Review of applications will continue until position is successfully filled. Emory is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications and nominations from women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans.
Emory University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all applicable Federal and Georgia State Laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action in its programs and activities. Emory University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and veteran’s status.