Metadata Archivist

at Duke University Libraries (view profile)
Published October 18, 2022
Location Durham, NC
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
Apply Here https://library.duke.edu/about/jobs/metadataarchivist
Education Requirements MLS from an ALA-accredited program, advanced degree in archival studies or an academic field related to Rubenstein collections, and/or relevant combination of education and experience.
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency 60,000
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency 80,000
Hourly or Salary? Salary
Twitter Handle @rubensteinlib @DukeLibraries

Description

Provides leadership and coordination for creation, management, and maintenance of archival and digital collections metadata in the Rubenstein Library. Collaborates with stakeholders to develop and implement processing, preservation, and description guidelines for reformatted and born digital collections, including the representation and discovery of such materials across various Duke Libraries’ platforms. Prioritizes development and implementation of inclusive metadata and description projects and policies in support of RL’s Guiding Principles of Description.

Please join us to learn more about the position and ask questions.  We are offering an information session over Zoom where we will share more information about the university, our library, and this position. No registration is needed - just click the link at the listed date and time.  This is in Eastern Standard Time. Participants can  login as anonymous, attendee names only seen by panelists.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at 1:00pm-1:30pm EST: https://duke.zoom.us/j/91799894653

 

Responsibilities

Management of Library Metadata and Description – 45%

  • Develops and supports workflows relating to production and publication of archival collection guides, archival catalog records, digital object records, and other descriptive tools which promote discoverability and access to Rubenstein Library materials.
  • Provides expertise on and departmental support for ArchivesSpace, the Rubenstein Library’s archival collection management system; administers its use for archival accessioning and descriptive workflows in RL Technical Services; serves as primary liaison with Duke Libraries’ Digital Strategies and Technology division to coordinate upgrades, back-ups, and local customizations.
  • Develops, customizes, and maintains processes, tools, and scripts to manipulate, analyze, and transform library bibliographic and descriptive data. Collaborates with stakeholders to maintain and preserve Rubenstein Library collections metadata across the library’s core systems, including ArchivesSpace, Aleph, the Duke Digital Repository, and FOLIO.
  • Explores, develops, and maintains collections workflow and reporting tools to support the internal communication and reporting needs of Rubenstein Library Technical Services.

Digital Collections Processing and Access – 40%

  • Processes and describes archival collections and accessions with digital or electronic records according to departmental guidelines. Creates and updates finding aids and MARC archival catalog records according to DACS, RDA, and local inclusive description standards.
  • Participates and provides guidance on the ingest, maintenance, and representation of Rubenstein Library digital objects and associated metadata within the Duke Digital Repository, the catalog, and in collection guides.
  • Collaborates with the colleagues to develop and refine workflows and systems to support the description, preservation, and access to electronic special collections materials. Provides training and support to other RL staff working with digital objects.
  • Serves on cross-departmental library teams and working groups as an RL Technical Services stakeholder and representative, working to facilitate handoffs and transformations of Rubenstein Library metadata for digital collections and other digital projects.

Professional Engagement – 5%

  • Displays continuing growth in professional and subject knowledge and takes an active interest in the profession. Growth and interest should be demonstrated through continuing development of professional knowledge and abilities, membership and participation in professional organizations, and service to the library, University, or community in a professional capacity.
  • Conducts and contributes to departmental outreach when needed, such as reports, presentations, exhibits, and publications.

Other – 10%

  • Works shifts in the RL reading room, as assigned, including occasional weekend shifts.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

In partnership with RLTS colleagues, recruits and supervises interns, students, and volunteers.

Qualifications

It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning, and a commitment to creating a culture of inclusion that values and respects diversity of perspective, background, and experience.

Education:

Required:  MLS from an ALA-accredited program, advanced degree in archival studies or an academic field related to Rubenstein collections, and/or relevant combination of education and experience.

Experience:

Required: Three or more years of experience working in a research library; experience with using ArchivesSpace; working knowledge of archival and library metadata standards (DACS, EAD, RDA, MARC); demonstrated experience with scripting languages (XSLT, Python, Ruby); experience with metadata manipulation tools such as MARCEdit and OpenRefine; excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; flexibility and ability to adapt to change; ability to work independently and as a member of a team; demonstrated ability to manage complex technical projects.

Preferred: Experience with database management and SQL; experience processing and describing rare bibliographic or archival materials; experience with OCLC cataloging utilities and local integrated library systems such as Aleph; experience with digital curation and preservation tools, suites, or platforms (e.g. BitCurator, Archivematica); experience with digital repository platforms (e.g. Samvera, Hyrax, DSpace, Preservica); knowledge of regular expressions; experience working with web APIs and JSON data structures; knowledge of Linked Open Data initiatives; experience with Aeon or other circulation management systems; familiarity with FOLIO.

Working Conditions

  • Occasionally moves library materials weighing up to and over 20 pounds.
  • Frequently works in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible.
  • Normal office environment.
  • Occasional weekend shifts required.
  • Occasional travel required.

These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position. This description is subject to change at any time.

Salary and Benefits

Salary and rank dependent on qualifications and experience; the anticipated range is $60,000-$80,000, commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits package includes 20 days vacation, 14 holidays, 12 days sick leave; health, dental, disability and life insurance and support for professional development and training.

Environment

Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university's intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the Perkins Library, Bostock Library, Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Lilly Library, and Music Library, and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort. Duke's library holdings of 6.2 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States.

Duke is a diverse community committed to the principles of excellence, fairness, and respect for all people. We recognize that the workplace only truly flourishes with an active presence of different backgrounds and unique abilities. We value the unseen perspective, the unheard voice, and the unnoticed ideas. We hope to give a platform of growth and connection, where employees can be free to produce new ways of thinking to promote inclusion and respect for all. Duke University Libraries encourages an environment where shared goals are reached by exceptional individuals.

Duke's hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business.

Duke offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes both traditional benefits such as health insurance, leave time and retirement, as well as wide ranging work/life and cultural benefits. Details can be found at:  http://www.hr.duke.edu/benefits/index.php.

Application

Cover letter, detailed resume and the names, addresses (mailing and e-mail), and telephone numbers of three references should be submitted to  https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/23172 . Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Priority will be given to applicants who apply by Tuesday, November 1, 2022.

Applications which are missing any of the components listed above will not be reviewed.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The Duke University Libraries have a strong commitment to Affirmative Action and is actively seeking to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of our staff.