The correct closing date is September 21 at 11:59 EDT, not September 25. 
If this disrupts your application, feel free to make contact.

Damon DeBorde
Head of Metadata Services
Ohio University Libraries
412 Alden Library
Athens, OH 45701

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Metadata Technologies Librarian
Ohio University

Position Announcement

Metadata Technologies Librarian

Ohio University Libraries seeks a dynamic and ambitious individual for the 
position of Metadata Technologies Librarian. The successful candidate will be 
motivated by metadata challenges in a changing library landscape; will be 
energized by collaborative efforts; and will work effectively with students, 
faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds.

Reporting to the Head of Metadata Services, the Metadata Technologies Librarian 
is responsible for analysis, creation, enrichment, and transformation of 
metadata in MARC and non-MARC formats, while actively investigating post-MARC 
developments and applications, for library resources in all physical and 
digital formats, at all item and collection levels. Always looking to 
strategically utilize tools, techniques, automation, and current and emerging 
standards and schemas, this librarian actively pursues opportunities to 
innovate and provide solutions to metadata challenges. The position regularly 
collaborates with others inside and outside the department, participating in 
the development, application, and assessment of metadata policies and workflows.


In support of Ohio University Libraries' efforts to enhance metadata in both 
user resource discovery and the preservation of digital information, the 
Metadata Technologies Librarian employs a solid understanding of current and 
emerging metadata principles and applications, critical thinking, and an 
eagerness to learn in engaging the position's duties, which include but are not 
limited to:

• Create, revise, enrich, and adapt high quality descriptive, administrative, 
and technical metadata in both MARC and non-MARC formats for physical, 
digitized, and born-digital resources at the item- and collection-levels

• Utilize technologies and tools, such as bulk editing, automation techniques, 
and programmatic methods, to create, remediate, enrich, and transform metadata, 
often in collaboration with other departments

• Collaborate with colleagues inside and outside the department on the 
development, application, and assessment of policies and workflows, actively 
providing solutions and contributing to projects

• Actively investigate post-MARC, linked data, and semantic web developments, 
tools, and standards, considering metadata capture, creation, and extension 

• Pursue regular professional development and engagement with the field through 
research, publications, presentations, participation in regional and national 
associations, and contributing to discussions and developments with library 
standards as continuing commitment to bring best practices and innovative 
services to Ohio University Libraries.



• A Master's degree from an ALA-accredited institution

• Demonstrated wide-ranging knowledge of metadata formats and standards (such 
as MARC, EAD, XML, and Dublin Core)

• Demonstrated knowledge of metadata standards and schemas (such as RDA and

• Demonstrated understanding of controlled vocabularies and authority control

• Familiarity with metadata work associated with digital collections and 
repository platforms, such as cross-walking metadata and data conversion

• Effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills

• Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills

• Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively


• Demonstrated experience with MARC and non-MARC metadata in an 
academic/research library environment

• Familiarity with or initiative to learn the emerging applications of linked 
data and semantic web concepts (such as BIBFRAME, RDF,

• Demonstrated skills with or initiative to learn tools and techniques for 
data/metadata manipulation and automation (such as OpenRefine, Excel, Google 
Sheets, Python, XSLT, etc.)

• Experience using Innovative Interfaces Sierra, OCLC Connexion, CONTENTdm, 

Established in 1804, Ohio University is a comprehensive, state-assisted 
institution classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Research University 
(high research activity). The University, located in the scenic foothills of 
the Appalachian Mountains, shares the City of Athens, a culturally-rich 
sustainable community 75 miles southeast of Columbus and 156 miles east of 
Cincinnati. With over 20,000 students enrolled on the Athens campus and over 
8,000 students on five regional campuses, the university offers a diverse, 
dynamic and collegial atmosphere to its students, faculty and staff.

Ohio University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, 
the Center for Research Libraries, and a founding member of OhioLINK. The 
Libraries' facilities include the Vernon R. Alden Library, the Music/Dance 
Library and the Southeast Ohio Regional Library Depository. With over 3,300,000 
volumes, 1,000,000+ e-books and 55,000 e-journals, OHIO has one of the largest 
academic libraries in North America.

The collections of the Ohio University Libraries are notably strong in 
Southeast Asian and African materials, fine arts, and special collections 
related to contemporary history and journalism. Digitized collections include 
those of Senator George V. Voinovich; pioneer newspaper entrepreneur E.W. 
Scripps; King Chulalongkorn of Siam diaries; Ceremonial Artifacts Collection of 
the Yao culture of North Vietnam; and University Archives including yearbooks 
and videos. More information about the Libraries unique collections can be 
viewed at

Salary & Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience and education. Ohio University employees 
enjoy a liberal benefits package, including 22 days annual vacation, generous 
insurance, and Ohio state employee or alternative retirement. The Libraries are 
committed to professional development to strengthen and further expertise in 
the profession and to bring best practices and innovative services to Ohio 
University Libraries.

Review of applications begins immediately; however applications will be 
accepted until a suitable candidate is identified. For full consideration, 
apply by September 25, 2016. Please apply online at

A complete application contains a CV or resume, cover letter addressing your 
interest and qualifications for all of the position requirements and any of the 
position preferences, and a list of three professional references including 
email and phone contact information.

Ohio University is committed to the diversity of faculty, staff and students.
Applicants who will enrich the diversity of our campus are especially 
encouraged to apply.

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