Acquisitions and Discovery Cohort
The Ohio State University Libraries seeks a cohort of innovative
tenure-track faculty librarians to join our team to redesign
acquisition and discovery activities.
The recently formed Acquisitions and Discovery program comprises
multiple units managing work in the arenas of content ordering,
receiving, licensing and negotiation, bibliographic description,
metadata creation and management, access management for electronic
resources, and description and processing of special collections
Metadata Initiatives Librarian
The Ohio State University Libraries seeks a dynamic and
self-motivated individual for the position of Metadata Initiatives
Librarian. The University Libraries are currently accelerating and
reconfiguring our discovery environment and underlying
infrastructures. Building on Digital Collections and other
digital initiatives, the Metadata Initiatives Librarian will help
the University Libraries enhance discovery and use of our rich
collections and services. The Metadata Initiatives Librarian will
work collaboratively across the organization to advance the
University Libraries’ metadata program to initiate, plan,
prioritize, document, and execute metadata activities. Act to
ensure that metadata for digital collections (often represented by
diverse data types) are effectively integrated with traditional
library collections across various discovery tools, metadata is
migrated between systems, and metadata are being created and
maintained according to best practices. Collaborates with Head of
Bibliographic Initiatives to position the University Libraries for
the future of user-centered description of library collections.
- Lead development and implementation of metadata guidelines and
data models. Work with a variety of stakeholders to document
guidelines and best practices for metadata for the OSU University
Libraries across multiple platforms. Provide training and support
for ongoing creation of metadata that meets these standards.
Develop data models to support discovery and exchange of metadata
within University Libraries.
- Leverage metadata for discovery and use of collections. Engage
in discovery and use initiatives with University Libraries and the
library community, such as Digital Public Library of America.
Assist in the growth and development of metadata infrastructure to
support digital initiatives. In collaboration with the Head of
Bibliographic Initiatives and other partners, prepare University
Libraries for the transition from the present MARC focused
environment to one that facilitates the management and use of
- Build sustainable workflows and practices. Actively partner
across University Libraries, including with Preservation and
Reformatting, Information Technology, and content specialists, to
understand needs and develop efficient and effective workflows for
metadata creation, maintenance, and use. Through this
collaboration, ensure sufficient metadata for discovery and
management of digitized, born-digital, and physical
- Transform metadata. Evaluate, transform, and remediate metadata
to support active efforts to consolidate existing metadata and
digital resources from a variety of legacy tools and to support
- Engage as member of the leadership team of Acquisitions and
Discovery with responsibility for metadata that robustly supports a
user-centered discovery environment.
- Educate and collaborate. Consult with and advise partners and
stakeholders on metadata issues. Effectively communicate metadata
needs and specifications.
- Participate proactively on library-wide committees, task forces
and teams, and with partners in the metadata community.
- Manage staffing resources for metadata.
- Contribute to developments in the arena of metadata or
discovery through active professional engagement and research,
presenting and publishing in appropriate venues.
- An ALA-accredited master’s degree, a master’s degree with
specialization in archives, a master’s degree in museum studies or
a comparable graduate degree in one of the above fields from a
non-U.S. university, reviewed on a case by case basis.
- Substantial expertise with current and emerging issues, trends,
workflows, and best practices in metadata, gained through at least
three years of professional experience.
- Detailed knowledge of metadata standards such as Dublin Core,
VRA Core, METS or MODS.
- Demonstrated capabilities leveraging scripting languages and/or
tools for data manipulation (e.g. OpenRefine, Python, XSLT,
- Flexibility and creativity in adapting to rapidly changing
metadata management environments.
- Excellent analytical skills, including complex problems
- Effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication
- Commitment to librarianship, scholarship, and service which are
required criteria to meet University and University Libraries
for promotion and tenure.
- Experience with analyzing and remediating existing metadata to
meet current standards.
- Experience in project planning, workflow development, and/or
- Knowledge of metadata standards and practices for a variety of
communities and specialized applications, including visual
resources, media, archives, preservation, etc.
- Experience working with library metadata standards, such as
RDA, AACR2, and MARC, and authority data, such as LC authorities,
VIAF, Getty vocabularies, ORCID, or ISNI.
- Knowledge of linked data, ontologies, and taxonomies.
- Experience with description of special collections.
- Experience with cross collection discovery system design or
- Experience hiring, training, assessing employees.
- Success in developing and implementing training programs.
Discover Ohio State:
For 147 years, The Ohio State University's campus in Columbus
has been the stage for academic achievement and a laboratory for
innovation. It's where friendships are forged. It's where rivalries
and revelry are born.
The University's main campus is one of America's largest and
most comprehensive. As Ohio's best and one of the nation's top-20
public universities, Ohio State is further recognized by a
top-rated academic medical center and a premier cancer hospital and
research center. As a land-grant university, Ohio State has a
physical presence throughout the state, with campuses and research
centers located around Ohio.
University Libraries promotes innovative
research and creative expression, advances effective teaching,
curates and preserves information essential for scholarship and
learning at Ohio State, and shares knowledge and culture with the
people of Ohio, the nation, and the world. Our libraries provide
access to deep research collections, an extensive offering of
online resources available anytime anywhere, and special
collections of exceptional quality and distinction. University
Libraries participates actively in OhioLINK and Big Ten Academic
Alliance. Additional information about The Ohio State University
Libraries is available at http://library.osu.edu.
These positions are full-time, permanent, 12-month appointments.
For appointment as a tenure-track faculty member, the candidate
will be required to meet university and University Libraries
requirements for promotion and tenure. Salary, position type, and
faculty rank are dependent on qualifications and experience.
All of the benefits available to you reflect Ohio State’s
commitment to provide high-quality, affordable plans and represent
a significant component of your total rewards for working at Ohio
State. The University offers competitive benefits in the form of 22
days vacation, 15 days sick leave, 10 holidays, medical, dental,
vision, long-term disability insurance, and life insurance at 2.5
times one’s annual salary. State and alternative retirement choices
are also available. For a summary of benefits, see:
Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.
Preference will be given to applications received by:
- Metadata Initiatives Librarian (November 20, 2017)
Please send cover letter, CV, references, and salary history and
requirements to Kristin Gall at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the
title of the position for which you are posting in the subject
Contact Information: Kristin Gall, Human
Resources Associate, 1858 Neil Avenue Mall, Columbus, OH 43210,
The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity
employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual
orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or
protected veteran status.