Metadata Librarian Position - The University of Tennessee

Anthony D. Smith adsmith1 at
Fri Sep 6 12:20:53 EDT 2002

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to take this opportunity to announce a new metadata librarian
position that we have recently created here at the University of Tennessee
Libraries, Knoxville.  We've taken some significant steps in the past year
to develop our digital library and in doing so have created a metadata
librarian position to provide us with the necessary leadership for dealing
with metadata issues.

UT offers an excellent climate for innovative and creative people to
contribute their talents within a very energetic environment.  In addition,
East Tennesseans benefit from a low cost of living and excellent outdoor
recreational facilities directly at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains.
If any list
member is interested, or knows of someone eager to get more involved in this
as well as cutting-edge area of librarianship then we would love to hear
from you.  If
you have some questions or would like to know more about the position,
please don't
hesitate to contact me.

Thank You,

Anthony D. Smith
Digital Initiative Librarian and Asst Professor
Anthropology Subject Librarian
The University of Tennessee
647 John C. Hodges Library
Knoxville, TN 37996-1000
Voice: (865) 974-9458
Fax:    (865) 974-0626
adsmith1 at

    Position: Metadata Librarian
      Appointment Rank: Assistant or Associate Professor
      Salary: Minimum $40,000
      Available: December 3, 2002

The Metadata Librarian provides leadership for the University of Tennessee
Libraries on all metadata issues, coordinates with constituencies inside and
outside the libraries on these issues, is the resident authority for
metadata standards, and helps establish and enforce metadata policies for
the libraries. The Metadata Librarian reports to the Head of Technical
Services and Digital Access and is a member of the Cataloging Unit of that
department. The librarian is a member of the Digital Library Center's
Steering Committee, which selects the digital projects with which the
libraries are involved, and works closely with the Steering Committee and
the Digital Initiatives Librarian (based in the Systems office) in the
completion of chosen projects.

Environment: The University of Tennessee is a Carnegie Research Level One
institution and enrolls approximately 26,000 students from the United States
and over 100 other countries. UT is one of 27 higher education institutions
holding the distinction of being both a land-grant institution and state
university. The UT Libraries, with an annual budget exceeding $12 million,
holds 2 million volumes and receives approximately 10,000 current serials.
The Libraries system includes the John C. Hodges Library and four branches
on the Knoxville campus. Over three hundred persons are employed, including
49 librarians.

Additional information about this position and the UT community is available

Job Description: Metadata - Maintain knowledge of national metadata
standards and schema and be responsible for interpreting and adapting those
metadata schema for local purposes. Select the appropriate metadata scheme
for each project. Coordinate the creation and management of, and training
in, descriptive and other metadata for the selected projects. Work closely
with the Library Systems Department in the production of administrative
metadata and storage of digital objects. Assist in the selection, creation,
and maintenance of a library portal. Production - Oversees the process of
digitization of various types of materials (including, but not limited to,
print, slides, photographs, maps, scores, music). Responsibility for
evaluating digital projects for outsourcing or in house production.
Responsibility for directing any outsourced project(s). Supervision (hiring,
evaluation, training) of student workers and the equivalent of one FTE staff
member in digitization projects. Work with the Department Head to integrate
production of metadata into the balance of the Technical Services
Department, including responsibility for training staff members in the
production of metadata. Other - Participate with grant submissions for
additional projects. Assist as needed in the production of MARC records for
the library catalog. Participate in the evaluation, selection, and
implementation of, and training in, a new integrated library system.

Required Qualifications: Master's degree from an ALA accredited program.
Demonstrated familiarity and experience with integrated library systems and
metadata schema such as MARC, TEI, EAD, DC or OAI. Knowledge of current
cataloging rules and standards. Excellent oral and written communication
skills. Ability to work collaboratively with several different

Preferred Qualifications: Academic library experience and experience in
training are strongly preferred. Familiarity with related XML technology
such as XSL or XLINK and/or administrative metadata solutions such as METS
is preferred. Familiarity with relational database structure is also

Salary and Benefits: Appointment at rank of Assistant or Associate Professor
with minimum salary of $40,000. Faculty rank and status; twelve-month,
tenure-track appointment. Library faculty must meet University requirements
for promotion and tenure. Excellent benefits include 24 annual leave days;
choice of state retirement plan or TIAA/CREF with nonrefundable
contributions paid for the employee by the University; optional group health
and life insurance plans. Tuition remission is available for all university
employees; partial undergraduate tuition remission is available to dependent
children and spouses of UT employees.

Review of applications will begin October 15, 2002 and will continue until
the position is filled. Send letter of application, a current resume, and
the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three
recent references to: Jill Keally, Head, Library Support Services, 1015
Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37996-1000, fax 865/974-4696.

The University of Tennessee does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex,
color, religion, national origin, age, disability or veteran status in
provision of educational programs and services or employment opportunities
and benefits. This policy extends to both employment by and admission to the

The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or
disability in the education programs and activities pursuant to the
requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the
Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973,
and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.

Inquiries and charges of violation concerning Title VI, Title IX, Section
504, ADA or the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) or any of the
other above referenced policies should be directed to the Office of Equity
and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560,
telephone (865) 974-2498 (V/TTY available) or 974-2440. Requests for
accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at
the Office of Human Resources Management, 600 Henley Street, Knoxville, TN

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