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Head, Metadata Services, Drexel University Libraries


Head, Metadata Services
Drexel University Libraries

Drexel University Libraries seeks a creative, energetic librarian to lead functions involving the planning and use of metadata to aid discovery and evaluation of resources by our users, as well as facilitate the exposure of Drexel University-created data and metadata to learners and researchers everywhere.  The new Head of Metadata Services will join a library engaged in pursuing collaborations with academics, administrators, and other learning experts to support and better understand student learning and develop a learning-centered framework of resources, spaces, and services.  Also importantly, growing library academic partnerships with faculty research, teaching, and scholarship will increasingly uncover opportunities to provide key library-based expertise on information organization, description, and analysis expertise in support of faculty efforts. A growing culture of evidence-based management within the Libraries echoes Drexel University’s emphasis on assessment; service quality efforts are being introduced throughout the Libraries’ organization to improve services and efficiency.

Position Description: Under the direction of the Director, Library Services & Quality Improvement, the Head of Metadata Services will:
•Lead and advise the Libraries’ efforts in planning, implementation, use, and assessment of metadata content used in innovative tools, technologies, and services involving a variety of formats, including books and rare books, dissertations, theses, photographs, art slides, digital images, data sets, printed texts, manuscripts, audio-visual material and three-dimensional objects
•Assist the Director, Library Services & Quality Improvement in planning, organizing, managing, and assessing the Libraries’ efforts in providing and improving excellent service quality.
•Facilitate the exposure of Drexel University research data to an international audience, working closely with faculty researchers and principal investigators to assist in the creation of metadata.  Play a role in outreach and liaison work within the campus and community as led by our Director, Library Academic Partnerships.
•Consult within the Libraries and the University regarding metadata, workflows, and discovery of resources.
•Lead the day-to-day functions of resource description and processing for the Libraries, including quality control of metadata, helping acquire bibliographic records from vendors, oversee/manage authorities work, manage a review of and influence the selection of contracted work, and maintain responsiveness to local requests and needs.
•Participate in the Libraries’ managerial leadership to evaluate and coordinate functional activities.
•Participate in Service Quality improvement projects.
•Engage in University and professional activities, including service, research, presentations, and/or publication.
•Supervise 2 FTE paraprofessional and clerical staff and manage a program including an additional 1.25 FTE staff.
•Other duties as assigned.

•4 or more years successful managerial leadership experience (required)
•ALA accredited MSLIS or other relevant graduate degree (required)
•Knowledge of cataloging and metadata standards and schema such as MARC,  XML, EAD, Dublin Core, METS, MODS, LCSH, MeSH, TGM I, NAF, AAT; as well as authority records, AACR2 and RDA; and classification schema such as LCC and NLMC (required)
•Demonstrated success with project management and workflows (required)
•Excellent written and oral communication skills (required)
•Experience working in a collaborative environment, including working with people with diverse backgrounds (required)
•Demonstrated excellent experience in supervision (required)
•Familiarity with digitization technology and best practices (highly desired)
•Knowledge of bibliographic utilities including OCLC and integrated library systems—Millennium preferred (highly desired)

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Drexel University Libraries is a dynamic organization with the mission to enhance the University's academic programs, research initiatives, student learning, and community services.  The Libraries is an essential facilitator of intentional learning and knowledge creation. Through its partnerships with learners, teachers, researchers, designers and funders, the Libraries actively strives to understand informational needs, develop information systems and learning tools, provide engaging environments and nurturing services to embrace Drexel University’s academic enterprise.  Through its facilities, print and electronic collections, and the service of its engaged and committed staff, the Libraries actively collaborate with partners to advance the mission of Drexel University. The Libraries hold approximately half a million physical volumes, housed among three facilities:  the W.W. Hagerty, Hahnemann, and Queen Lane Libraries.   These include not only purchased books and journals, but also DVDs, archival artifacts and papers and incunabula. In addition, the Drexel University Libraries' licenses or purchases access to a wide range of electronic databases, journals and books that support research and scholarship.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits include choice of health plan options and paid life insurance; several retirement plans including TIAA-CREF; paid holidays and vacation.

For fullest consideration applications should be received by April 22, 2011. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The letter of application should address the responsibilities, qualifications, and experiences listed for the position. Your letter, vita, and online application may be submitted at (“Search Postings” from left column, then select “Head, Metadata Services” in Job Title dropdown).  (Revised from an earlier posting/search.)

An Equal Opportunity Employer, Drexel University Libraries is committed to employing quality staff who will enhance the rich diversity of our academic community. In that regard, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people.

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