Metadata Librarian, Cornell University

Elaine L. Westbrooks elw25 at
Mon Aug 25 10:46:10 EDT 2003

Metadata Librarian, Albert R. Mann Library, Cornell University Library
Posting Number: 01254

Cornell University's Albert R. Mann Library invites applications for the 
position of Metadata Librarian.  The Library is seeking an energetic, 
innovative, and dedicated individual to join the Technical Services team.

Albert R. Mann Library provides innovative information services for the 
21st century and has achieved national renown for its digital library 
initiatives. (  Mann Library's collection of 
agricultural, life sciences and related social sciences materials serves 
the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the College of Human 
Ecology, and the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell.   Mann 
Library is considered to be the premier agricultural and life science 
library within an academic institution in the United States and has won 
several national awards.  Our principal user population numbers almost 
10,000 and includes undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, 
researchers, and staff.  Mann Library is the second largest of 19 libraries 
that together constitute the Cornell University Library.

Responsibilities:  Under the general direction of the Head of Technical 
Services is responsible for organizing access to networked information 
resources using traditional and emerging metadata schema. As one of three 
metadata librarians in the Technical Services Division, the incumbent will 
track developments in metadata standards as well as recommend and design 
appropriate metadata schema (e.g., DC, MARC, TEI) to facilitate access to 
electronic resources and other collections.  Actively participates in the 
library's research and development efforts and in local and national 
discussions relating to the access, retrieval, and management of objects in 
digital library systems. Is responsible for cataloging materials in a 
variety of formats, including preparing original bibliographic and 
authority records.  Works closely with staff throughout Technical Services 
and other divisions to provide access to the library's 
collections.    Plays an active role in professional organizations and the 
Cornell Library community.  Actively participates in public services and 
bibliographic instruction programs.

Qualifications:  MLS or equivalent graduate degree. Demonstrated experience 
with a range of software applications supporting the development of digital 
libraries using current and evolving metadata standards and associated 
technologies, including Dublin Core and MARC. Excellent communication and 
analytic skills including the ability to work within a team environment 
with diverse groups of library staff.  Interest in professional development 
activities, including research and activity in professional organizations. 
Desired:   Previous experience using LOM, TEI, OAI, XML, EAD, FGDC, METS, 
or DSpace. Working knowledge of the use of cataloging principles and tools 
such as LCRI, AACR2, LCSH, and other controlled vocabularies. Prior 
professional experience in an academic or special library.  Working 
knowledge of one or more foreign languages.  Background or interest in 
agriculture, the life sciences, or related social sciences.

Applications:  Requested by October 15, 2003.  Review of applications 
begins immediately and will continue until position is filled.  Rank and 
salary are dependent on experience and qualifications.

Applications for Academic professional positions should be submitted via 
the recruitsoft online system available on the Office of Human Resources 
webpage: .  Please remember to include a 
cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three 

Cornell University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer 
strongly committed to diversity.  We value qualified candidates who can 
bring to our community a variety of backgrounds and experiences.

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