Assistant Director, Metadata Production – Cornell University Library

at Cornell University (view profile)
Location Ithaca, New York
Date Posted December 21, 2018
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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Cornell University Library is seeking an academic librarian for the position of Assistant Director, Metadata Production.

Under the general oversight of the Director of Cataloging & Metadata Services (CMS), the Assistant Director for Metadata Production (AD) provides guidance, expertise and encouragement to a unit whose mission is to enable and enhance discovery and access to library resources to meet the research and teaching needs of one of the nation’s premier universities.

Working closely with the Director of CMS and other key stakeholders, the Assistant Director (AD) plays a key role in steering Cornell University Library’s (CUL) MARC-based metadata production. The AD supervises a unit responsible for cataloging at all levels (though primarily original) and in all formats and languages for Cornell’s subject libraries, including rare materials and music. The AD chairs the Cataloging Workflow Managers' group and engages in broader Library Technical Services outreach to units across CUL. Additionally, the AD will perform original cataloging within their area of expertise.

CUL is actively engaged in the development and implementation of the FOLIO open-source ILS as well as investigations of new models for identity management, linked data and additional areas of research and development; the AD will have the opportunity to engage in many of these areas and initiate their own innovative projects.

Key opportunities:

  • Lead a team of experienced, flexible, and enthusiastic experts in resource description and access;
  • Contribute to the advancement of technical services within an organization known for its dedication to user service and creative responses to workflow challenges, its innovative approaches to the automation of materials processing and its active participation in evolving domains;
  • Participate in the development and implementation of the open-source FOLIO ILS, in which CUL is playing a major role;
  • Engage in best practices for inclusive metadata practice;
  • Be part of an organization that champions staff development, empowerment, teamwork, and practical innovation;
  • Engage in collaborative initiatives with peer institutions.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Provides supervision, guidance, expertise, and encouragement to members of the metadata production unit, including regular performance reviews;
  • Monitors and collaborates to preserve the critical balance between meeting production goals and developing new protocols for description of and access to library resources;
  • Participates in the creation and maintenance of policies and procedures that support best practices for metadata production standards and workflows;
  • Designs and implements training to library staff for resource description and metadata management;
  • Participates in the evaluation and implementation of applications that support and enhance information discovery and retrieval;
  • Engages in Cornell’s commitments to national programs such as the PCC, BIBCO, CONSER, NACO, FAST and eCIP;
  • Performs original cataloging for areas of interest to the incumbent alongside areas of need within the unit;
  • Plays an active role in Cornell University Library working groups, task forces, and committees;
  • Participates actively in cataloging and/or metadata task forces and committees, academic research, and/or publication on the regional and national level;
  • May work on tasks resulting from CUL’s cooperative partnerships and agreements.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in relevant field, such as library or information science; applicants with advanced degrees in other academic disciplines, along with relevant experience in library technical services, are encouraged to apply;
  • Demonstrated success in leading and motivating others;
  • Extensive experience in resource description, preferably in a large academic or research library;
  • Strong working knowledge of MARC cataloging rules and conventions;
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to changing environments and to address problems resourcefully and creatively;
  • Proven ability to cultivate an environment of diversity and inclusion;
  • Outstanding collegial, interpersonal, and communication skills.

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience serving on national and international library/standard organizations;
  • Experience in applying technology to solve operational problems;
  • Familiarity with and interest in the application of innovative technology for descriptive practices.

Unfortunately, visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Benefits:  Our comprehensive benefits package includes 22 vacation days, 12 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, and university retirement contributions (TIAA-CREF and other options). Professional travel funding is available. More information regarding Cornell’s generous benefits can be found at this link. The salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. The incoming academic rank will be determined by the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate, with an anticipated salary range of $65,000 to $70,000.

Environment: One of the leading academic research libraries in the United States, Cornell University Library is a highly valued partner in teaching, research, and learning at the university. With an operating budget of over $58 million and a diverse and innovative staff of more than 400, the Library supports 2,700 faculty, 22,000 students and 94 PhD fields. Its world class collections, expert librarians, responsive services in physical and virtual library spaces inspire and nourish scholarship and learning.

The Ithaca campus sits on 2,300 acres in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Ithaca, located roughly halfway between Manhattan and Toronto, offers a wealth of arts, culture, and activity while maintaining an eclectic college-town feel. Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of the multitude of rolling hills, breathtaking gorges, hiking trails, and lakes offering countless outdoor activities. The city has been named one of the top 100 places to live, a top 10 recreation city, a best green place to live, and one of the "foodiest" towns in America.

How to Apply: Candidates must apply via the Cornell University Careers site at: . Please include one document that contains a cover letter, resume, and the names, phone numbers, and addresses for three references (pdf preferred). Early submission is encouraged and preference is given to applications received by January 22, 2019. This posting will remain active until a viable pool of applicants is identified. 

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