Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Metadata Specialist job opening with South Asia language expertise

University of Virginia Library - Metadata Specialist
The University of Virginia Library seeks a Metadata Specialist for its Metadata Creation & Organization unit. We are looking for creative individuals who are excited by the prospect of working at a forward-looking organization during times of great change. Known for the strength and variety of its collections and leadership in digital initiatives, the Library embraces respect, integrity, inclusion, innovation and collaboration in our work within the University, with peer institutions, and with the worldwide community. A staff of 220 manage 7 libraries that serve a vibrant and diverse scholarly community of 15,000 undergraduates, 6,000 graduate students, and 2,000 teaching and research faculty, and visitors from the public and other institutions.
Within Collections Access & Discovery, Metadata Creation & Organization facilitates access to library-owned content that is undescribed or under described, participates in partnerships to share expertise and provide innovation in data management, and engages fully in the mission of the University of Virginia. Reporting to the Manager of Metadata Creation & Organization, the Metadata Specialist supports that mission by collaborating with colleagues within and outside of the department and Library to ensure appropriate and timely access to published materials in all formats and languages.
This position performs original and complex cataloging for materials in a variety of formats and languages, and across all subject areas. Particular language needs at this time are Tibetan, Arabic, Hindi, Sanskrit, Persian, and Urdu, among others. Creates, enhances, and maintains bibliographic records, providing accurate physical description, determining appropriate access points, and assigning Library of Congress subject headings and classification numbers, or accession numbers as appropriate. Creates and edits records in local databases as well as OCLC database in accordance with cooperative cataloging principles. Makes decisions regarding choice of records for inclusion in our local database, appropriate access points, level of cataloging required, etc., working with the user and database quality in mind. Works with a high degree of independence in prioritizing and organizing work and in decision-making.
Required: Bachelor's degree. 4-7 years' demonstrated experience with creation of metadata in a library setting. Demonstrated experience with MARC, RDA, and other library standards. Willingness to describe and classify materials in a variety of foreign languages, with or without reading knowledge. Demonstrated ability to create metadata according to established rules and standards. Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively across groups to achieve objectives, and to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Excellent interpersonal skills.
Preferred: MLS or equivalent degree. Reading knowledge of at least one language in addition to English. Particular language needs at this time are Tibetan, Arabic, Hindi, Sanskrit, Persian, and Urdu, among others.
To Apply: Complete a Candidate Profile, attach a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three professional references through Jobs@UVA (Posting #0622304). For assistance with this process contact Jennifer S. Harmon, Director, Library Human Resources at (434) 924-4695.
The University of Virginia is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness.
Jean L. Cooper
Metadata Creation and Organization / Content Access and Discovery
University of Virginia Library /

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