Digital Initiatives and Metadata Librarian – HOLLINS UNIVERSITY, Roanoke, VA

The Wyndham Robertson Library at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Digital Initiatives and Metadata Librarian. Early career librarians are encouraged to apply.

The Digital Initiatives and Metadata Librarian has the following responsibilities:

  • Administers the library’s digital content initiatives by establishing and managing repository policies, standards, and workflows for digitization, metadata creation, metadata and digital asset management, and preservation of those objects and data.
  • Creates, normalizes, and maintains original metadata records for analog, digitized, and born-digital objects.
  • Leads the library metadata team in developing a consistent approach to metadata creation, organization, and normalization in order to improve findability of library resources across platforms.
  • Promotes the library’s digital initiatives, including the institutional repository and digital exhibits, and builds partnerships across campus to embed digital projects within curriculum and scholarship through teaching and consultation.
  • Actively participates in and fosters an environment that supports diversity and inclusion.
  • Serves as a liaison librarian to 1-2 academic departments with responsibility for teaching students to critically engage in the discovery and use of information, connecting faculty and students with resources to advance their scholarship and creative work, and collaborating with faculty to strengthen the academic community.

Successful candidates must meet these required qualifications:

  • A Master’s in Library and Information Science (MLIS) or equivalent degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated application of at least two of the areas below, with demonstrated interest and aptitude in learning additional standards, tools, and formats as needed:
    – Descriptive standards (RDA, AACR2, DCRM, DACS, VRA Core, Dublin Core, etc.)
    – Structural standards (MARC, MODS, METS, EAD, etc.)
    – Markup data formats and languages (JSON, CSV, XML, etc.)
    – Controlled vocabularies (LCSH, LCNAF, AAT, etc.)
    – Tools for batch data normalization and transformation (XSLT, MarcEdit, OpenRefine, etc.)
  • Working knowledge of a digital repository.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices for digitization of materials in a variety of formats and management of digital assets and associated data throughout their lifecycle.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple concurrent tasks.
  • Prior success in planning, coordinating, and implementing effective programs, complex projects, and services with multiple stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional development and to providing cross-functional library services in a rapidly changing environment.

Preferred applicants will have:

  • Experience with Alma, Primo, OCLC Connexion, bepress Digital Commons, Omeka, and/or JSTOR Forum.
  • Understanding of copyright and related rights and how they are applied in a digital library setting.
  • Experience with teaching and/or training.

The university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion:

Hollins University is committed to the core values of diversity and inclusion.  Applications are sought from members of underrepresented populations and those who have demonstrated success working with diverse populations.  Candidates are encouraged to comment, either in their cover letter or in a separate statement, on how their writing, research, teaching, and/or service experience will enhance the institution’s efforts to support these values and an increasingly diverse student population.

Application instructions:

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to hollinshr@hollins.edu.  Review of applications will begin Dec. 6, and will continue until the position is filled.

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