Position Announcement: Metadata Services Coordinator

Araby Greene araby at unr.edu
Thu Oct 9 14:42:14 EDT 2003

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Metadata Services Coordinator

The University of Nevada, Reno invites applications for a tenure-track
library faculty position. Responsibilities:

* Provide leadership for the development of a user-centered metadata
infrastructure and local standards; articulate the relationship of new
schemes to the online catalog and other library databases and applications;
ensure the interoperability of metadata and online support for digital
projects, specialized collections, finding aids, licensed resources and
selected websites.
* Implement appropriate metadata schemes for various projects and create
crosswalks between those schemes.
* Evaluate evolving standards and technologies and develop internal policies
and procedures to optimize quality and timeliness of access to data.
* Develop user-centered approaches to information management and
organization of knowledge assets.
* Collaborate with Applications Development Librarian, Web Development
Librarian, and Heads of Digital Projects and DataWorks to coordinate the
implementation of seamless, integrated access to information resources.
* Supervise professional catalogers.
* Engage in research and service activities to meet requirements for
promotion and tenure.

Required: ALA accredited MLS. Experience with a range of protocols
supporting the development of digital libraries.  Understanding of metadata
harvesting, crosswalks, Dublin Core, XML, and open URL. Cataloging
experience and understanding of MARC. Strong analytical skills. Excellent
communication skills and the ability to thrive in a team environment. A
strong commitment to the user and unabashed enthusiasm for connecting the
dots to create integrated access to information. Demonstrated initiative and
leadership abilities.  Skepticism regarding cataloging traditions and
established assumptions, and a desire to shape evolving standards. Interest
and potential to meet requirements for UNR tenure and promotion. Preferred:
Experience with database development. Experience in an academic library.
Indexing experience. Supervisory experience.

Compensation: Salary competitive DOE. TIAA/CREF and other retirement
options; 24 vacation days per year; generous sick leave. No state income tax
or FICA. Tuition benefits for self and family.

Campus and Environment:
The University Libraries report to the Vice President for Information
Technology, who also serves as Dean of the University Libraries.  The
Libraries are a critical and valued component in an organizationally unified
campus information infrastructure, which includes Campus Computing (academic
computing), Campus Information Systems (administrative computing), Network
Communications, Teaching and Learning Technologies, the Campus Webmaster, a
National Public Radio affiliate, and the Office of Process and Performance
Planning. Librarians are expected to work with colleagues across these
increasingly artificial departmental boundaries. Librarians hold the senior
management positions in Network Communications and Teaching and Learning

The University of Nevada, Reno is the land grant university and major
research institution in the state with a student body of
approximately 14,000. The University's main campus is in Reno, a
area of 334,000, on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains,
minutes from California and 35 miles from Lake Tahoe. Reno is a community
noted for its arts and festivals as well as outdoor recreational

To Apply: Send letter of application, resume, and names and addresses of
three references to: Metadata Services Search Committee; Library/IT
Administration, Mail Stop 322; University of Nevada, Reno; 1664 N. Virginia
St.; Reno, NV 89557-0044. Review of applications will begin November 3,

The University of Nevada is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer
and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age,
creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or
sexual orientation, in any program or activity it operates. University of
Nevada employs only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to
work in the United States.

Araby Greene
Web Development Librarian
Getchell Library/322
University of Nevada, Reno
araby at unr.edu

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