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This is a fixed term position and is dual posted at Librarian 1/2.

JOB PURPOSE

Reporting to the Head of the Metadata Development Unit (MDU), the Metadata Librarian for Humanities supports creation, organization, and maintenance of metadata to facilitate search, discovery, and access to monographs in Western European languages acquired by the Stanford University Libraries (SUL) using traditional cataloging standards as well as existing and emerging metadata schemas and techniques, such as linked data. This is a term appointment, ending June 30, 2020.

CORE DUTIES

• Review and select print materials in Humanities subjects for discovery metadata creation.
• Create discovery metadata for Humanities resources, applying the metadata schema appropriate to the material as defined by policy. Currently, predominate schemas are RDA, applied according to the PCC standards, and MODS, used for describing digital collections held in the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR).
• Responsible for associated entity management, authority work, and quality control as defined by policy for particular schemas; participate in the PCC NACO, SACO, and BIBCO programs as appropriate.
• Collaborate with team members to evaluate, select, and apply metadata schemas and techniques, standards, data elements, and thesauri to provide description and access to SUL collections.
• May act as project manager or consultant for the creation and management of descriptive and other metadata for selected projects in Metadata Department and in collaboration with other departments or multi-department teams.
• Participate in the development of Stanford’s linked-data environment.
• Participate in relevant professional activities on the local and national level, including committee work, conference attendance, and presentations.
• Maintain active link with other metadata librarians and SUL curators responsible for Humanities collections.
• Perform other duties as needed.

Education & Experience:

• Advanced Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited library school or a relevant academic discipline with demonstrated understanding of academic libraries or a combination of education and recent relevant experience.
• 2-3 years of relevant experience required for Librarian 2.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• Knowledge of, and basic experience in, applying current cataloging procedures and principles as defined in RDA, MARC Bibliographic, Holdings, and Authorities formats. Ability to rapidly learn and implement new cataloging procedures and principles adopted by the Department.
• Advanced knowledge of one modern Western European language in addition to English, Spanish preferred; ability to work with materials in other Western European languages.
• Ability to rapidly learn and implement new cataloging procedures and principles adopted by the Department, including the contribution of PCC records through one or more of the program modules: BIBCO, NACO, and/or SACO.
• Familiarity with principles of linked data; ability to work with controlled vocabularies and ontologies.
• Familiarity with and/or ability to learn, analyze, and utilize existing and emerging metadata standards, such as Dublin Core, MODS, METS, and relevant thesauri or ontologies, especially BIBFRAME, as required by special projects. Ability to provide mapping between different metadata standards in a dynamic environment.
• Familiarity with, or ability to rapidly learn, RDF, XML, and other machine actionable metadata languages, principles of linked data, and ability to work with controlled vocabularies and ontologies preferred.
• High level of proficiency using PC-based applications (Windows, word processing, spreadsheets) and other computer applications (email, Internet, Integrated Library Systems); high level computer competency kept up to date through continuous learning.
• Excellent analytical and problem solving skills combined with attention to detail for complex, detail-oriented work.
• Ability to manage metadata projects.
• Effective verbal and written communication skills.
• Ability to work independently, as a team member, and across departmental boundaries in a fast-paced environment.
• Flexibility to be organized, productive and effective in a dynamic environment, involved with a variety of simultaneous projects and workflows.
• Commitment to professional development and service.

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 the 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.

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, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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