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Cornell University Library Scientific Data Curation Specialist / Metadata Librarian


Position Description:

Cornell University Libraries seeks an analytical, creative individual interested in scientific research data, digital resources, technology, and metadata to become our newest information professional.  The Scientific Data Curation Specialist is actively engaged across science fields to support e-science, digital data curation, and cyberscholarship working closely with other library staff.  This position has three main emphases: research data consultation, digital resources discovery, and professional and research activities.  First, the Scientific Data Curation Specialist focuses on metadata issues related to the data curation lifecycle while providing consultation to Cornell researchers.  Second, s/he explores semantic approaches and ontologies while working on initiatives related to the discovery of digital resources.  Third, s/he is professionally involved and conducts research aligning with her/his job duties and interests.  To be successful, close collaboration is essential in working with faculty and library staff devoted to digital libraries, information technologies, public services, technical services, and data working groups.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Research Data Consultation

Participates in the Research Data Management Service Group (  Performs outreach and consults with Cornell's faculty, staff, and community partners on information organization and access needs related to research data. Assists in the creation of data management plans.  Creates and maintains local documentation on metadata standards and metadata application guidelines.  Participates in the development of DataStar (  Stays abreast of scientific research trends, data documentation tools, and standards important for data exchange, reuse, and interoperability.

Digital Resources Discovery

Participates in initiatives related to the discovery of digital resources. Explores semantic approaches, ontologies in the sciences, linked open data, and bibliometrics as they may be applicable to projects and services.  Assesses and works to improve access to resources such as data sets, e-books, library web sites, and locally-created digital collections.  Advises on digital preservation strategies, including metadata used for digital repositories.  Suggests methods for streamlining or automating metadata creation and management, using various tools for metadata manipulation and scripting.  Plays a consulting role in the development of VIVO (

Professional and Research Activities

Actively participates in departmental, library-wide, and national professional working groups, task forces, instruction programs, and committees.  Seeks opportunities to enhance one's own professional knowledge, skills, and abilities.  Monitors and contributes to the development of local, national, and international metadata standards and trends.  Conducts research and contributes to professional publications and forums in areas related to research data, metadata, access to information, and digital libraries.

Required Qualifications:
< >Advanced degree in science, information science, or related field.Knowledge of at least one science discipline and its research data methods.Knowledge of XML, scientific data formats, and scientific metadata standards.Familiarity with semantic web technologies, ontology editors, and web services and/or capacity to develop expertise in these areas.Strong communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills.Demonstrated ability to plan, document, and complete projects.Ability to work well in a collaborative team-based environment.Self-motivated and ability to multitask.Experience with one or more metadata manipulation and scripting languages: XSLT, Java, Perl, Python, or PHP.Experience with metadata issues related to the discovery of academic resources.Experience with ontologies in the sciences, linked open data, and/or bibliometrics.Experience with digital preservation standards and best practices.Experience with repository platforms., search under the job category of Librarians, and select posting number 14793. Follow the instructions for online submission. Please include a cover letter, resume, and the names, phone numbers, and addresses for three references. Review of applications will begin on May 16, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


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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