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We’re hiring again. I swear, it seems like we’ve done this once a year for the last three, and if consult the HR log, it actually is more like… twice a year for the last three.

Fortunately for us (and for you, O Job Seekers!), this is due to retirement, career advancement, and natural changeovers rather than Oh My God That Place Is Hell To Work At. Retirements opened up lines for a Web Services Librarian, an Archivist, a Library Clerk 3, and a Director (hi!). Advancement opened up lines for a User Services Librarian, a Library Clerk 2, and, now, what was once a Collection Development Librarian… except someone in-house already took on the CD challenge, and is happy and successful there. So instead, I present to you a brand new position:

Discovery Metadata Librarian

Job summary / Basic function

SUNY Potsdam seeks a service-oriented and intellectually curious librarian to serve as Discovery Metadata Librarian. The successful candidate will be excited by our professional transition away from traditional library cataloging and toward metadata creation in support of print and digital collections, and eager to consider new opportunities, creative applications of technology, and sustainable project implementation. The Discovery Metadata Librarian will leverage a strong interest in information users’ values and needs to work with existing traditional cataloging systems in support of the teaching, research, and preservation needs of the College community. S/he will also explore new initiatives and approaches to cataloging in support of emerging discovery tools, digitizing local collections, and working with students and faculty to chart a path for the online life of the College’s successful undergraduate research programs.  This is an ideal opportunity for a librarian interested in the blend of tradition and experimentation, and for an individual whose interests lie in joining a small academic library committed to supporting teaching and learning in a dynamic, transparent, and flexible environment.

Required Qualifications:

  • American Library Association accredited Master’s degree, or international equivalent degree, earned by July 1, 2012;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Detailed understanding of current models, practices, and tools used by academic libraries for e-resources discovery, such as link resolving, federated searching, digital repositories, and digitization efforts;
  • Experience in creating, editing, and transforming MARC and/or non-MARC metadata, and aptitude for learning new metadata standards;
  • Commitment to professional development activities, including research and participation in professional organizations.

Desired Qualifications
The most successful candidates will possess some combination of the following qualifications:

  • Strong service orientation and interest in information users’ values and needs;
  • Ability to work harmoniously and effectively with others on a daily basis ;
  • Knowledge of current issues and trends in scholarly communication;
  • Familiarity with web presentation and scripting languages such as HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, Perl, or Ruby;
  • Ability to analyze and to solve problems creatively and flexibly in a complex and dynamic environment;
  • Demonstrated problem solving, organizational and analytical skills, and an aptitude for detail-oriented work;
  • Proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively in initiating, planning, and implementing projects and services;
  • Prior academic library experience.
  • Prior experience implementing digital services in a library setting;

Job Requirements and Essential Functions of the Job:

The Discovery Metadata Librarian is a newly-defined position, reporting to the Director of Libraries, and will be a part of the College Libraries’ team of librarians, sharing the holistic approach of working in reference and participating in library governance, with opportunities to share in the work of collection development and instruction. In addition, the Discovery Metadata Librarian will be responsible for tracking developments in metadata schemas and leading the ongoing implementation of best practices for metadata within the Libraries, and will lead in the creation and articulation of an evolving technology strategy for access to digital materials.

Near term projects in which the Discovery Metadata Librarian will be a key stakeholder, participant, or project leader may include:

  • Review and revision of current cataloging policies for online resources as more information transitions from print to online
  • Integration of purchase-on-demand e-books into current acquisitions, ILL, and cataloging environments
  • Investigation, selection, and implementation of a discovery layer
  • Partnering with the College Archivist as the College prepares for its Bicentennial celebration in 2016, working on digitizing, describing, and making accessible teaching and research collections pertaining to the College’s history
  • Collaboration with new and sustained undergraduate research initiatives to create a repository of student accomplishments or otherwise showcase and enhance the undergraduate research process

Specific responsibilities will be refined by the Director of Libraries after hire, building on the strengths and interests of a successful candidate and the evolving needs of the College Libraries.

SUNY Potsdam’s College Libraries serve more than 4000 undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Education and Professional Studies, and the Crane School of Music.  The Discovery Metadata Librarian will join 11 library faculty and 10 support staff serving two libraries and the College Archives and Special Collections. This is a tenure-track faculty position, subject to criteria for reappointment, promotion, and tenure as established by the SUNY Board of Trustees and the Personnel Policies of the College Libraries. The Discovery Metadata Librarian will have faculty rank as a Senior Assistant Librarian, with a minimum salary of $46,000.

To be considered, applicants must submit a cover letter that addresses details of both the required and preferred qualifications, a Curriculum Vita, and contact information for 3 professional references.

You may apply here:

(If I weren’t the Director, and I couldn’t be a Collection Development librarian again, this is where I’d want to be. Our metadata is the backbone of the access we provide to users, and getting my hands dirty in that sounds like big fun to me. I hope it does to you, too.)


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