Digital Asset Metadata Librarian

at Washington University in St. Louis (view profile)
Published February 8, 2024
Location St. Louis, MO
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Education Requirements Minimum: ALA Accredited MLS/MLIS or other related subject Masters Degree or combination of education and work experience
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency 57300
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency 97700
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Under the supervision of the Head of Metadata Services, the Digital Asset Metadata Librarian will lead creation, enrichment, and maintenance of metadata representing digitized materials in the DAM system. This position will work closely with the Digital Initiatives Metadata Librarian to define and implement metadata schemas and standards for digital assets, create and sustain controlled vocabularies, and oversee maintenance activities.

  • Effectively creates and enhances descriptive metadata in the digital repository, currently Piction, applies appropriate schema based on standards, best practices, and the needs for digital collections. Participates in resource description initiatives supporting the advancement of the discoverability of digital collections.
  • Oversees the metadata workflows within the DAMS. This includes management of metadata workflows, description, and tracking. In collaboration with the Digital Initiatives Metadata Librarian, develops descriptive standards and best practices; develops and implements description workflows; maintains quality assurance, and generates reports.
  • Develops policies and procedures around the use of DAMS and description that abides by best practices/standards and that reflect organizational priorities.
  • Collaborates and communicates regularly with the Head of Digital Processing, Preservation and Reformatting regarding project timelines, system workflows and procedures. Acts as liaison between digital asset stakeholders and the descriptive metadata process.
  • Collaborates with the Discovery Coordinator on metadata application profiles, and normalization of repository metadata within the discovery platform.
  • Participate in library-wide and staff development activities, including department training activities. Perform other technical services duties as assigned.