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Digital Assets Metadata Librarian

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Digital Assets Metadata Librarian

Rank and Salary Scale
Assistant Librarian - Associate Librarian – Librarian ($47,722 - $88,253)

Organizational Unit

Metadata & Technical Services Department,
Information Technology & Systems Division

Position Overview
The University of California, Riverside (UCR) Library seeks applications for an innovative, dynamic, and collaborative professional to serve as the Digital Assets Metadata Librarian who will join our team in developing and implementing creative and sustainable metadata for digital collections supporting the University’s world-class research and instruction. UCR’s collections are managed and discovered both locally and through UC’s consortially hosted digital asset management system (DAMS).

Located an hour’s drive to the east of Los Angeles, an hour west of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley, an hour east of ocean beaches, ninety minutes north of San Diego, and an hour south of mountain ski resorts, UCR is located in an area of dramatic landscapes and rich cultural traditions. The University is a dynamic, aggressively-developing land grant research institution dedicated to preparing its diverse student body to be successful competitors in the world marketplace of ideas. UCR boasts the first new School of Medicine to open on the West Coast in 43 years; a new School of Public Policy; and the Bourns College of Engineering, ranked 10th in the world according to an international ranking organization.

UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

The UCR Library is a critical partner in preparing UCR’s students to be globally competitive while simultaneously preparing them for careers in the Inland Empire and beyond. The mission of the UCR Library is no less than to bring the world’s information resources to the UCR community and to ensure that UCR students, faculty, and staff have the skills to fully exploit those resources to change the world for the better.

The UCR Library is building a team of intensely collaborative, forward-thinking colleagues dedicated to providing excellent services to our students, faculty, and community members in a rapidly evolving information environment. The successful candidate will be technologically sophisticated; committed to problem-solving in local, regional, national, and international arenas; and able to develop innovative solutions to complex problems.

The UCR Library is comprised of four facilities housing more than 3,000,000 volumes, 97,000 print and electronic journals, and 2,300,000 microforms. The Library provides services to more than 21,000 students and 1,830 faculty and other academics in an institutional environment planning for and experiencing extensive growth. The successful candidate will join an enthusiastic staff of 118 librarians and support personnel (including student FTE) in the work of building a research library of excellence within a dynamic and diverse university ranked among the top 50 in the nation. The UCR Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Among the unique collections of the UCR Library are the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy, the Water Resources Collections and Archives, the Rupert Costo Library of the American Indian, the Paul Chou Collection of Chinese history and culture, the George Brown Papers, and the newly established Inland Empire Memories Initiative. Information about the UCR Library is available at

The UCR Library is an integral part of the University of California library system. With collections totaling 30 million volumes, UC’s more than 100 libraries are surpassed in size on the American continent only by the Library of Congress collection. In addition, UC’s California Digital Library provides the core of the University’s digital collections. CDL also assists UC to share resources and holdings more effectively, and provides leadership in applying technology to the development of library collections and services. Organizationally situated within the UC Office of the President, the CDL operates in close collaboration with all UC campuses and their libraries.

UC professional librarians are academic appointees and are represented by an exclusive bargaining unit, University Council-American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). This position is in the bargaining unit.

The Digital Assets Metadata Librarian will foster and promote innovative development and implementation of creative and sustainable metadata for digital collections, and be responsible for original and complex metadata creation, modification, and enhancement for library resources in all formats (print and non-print) and in multiple languages. The incumbent will also assume a leadership role in the design and implementation of Library projects where metadata is an essential component, providing staff training, resource description, and metadata analysis. Under general direction from the Head of Metadata & Technical Services, the Digital Assets Metadata Librarian:

● Coordinates and oversees creation, application, and maintenance of non-MARC descriptive, administrative, structural, and preservation metadata for library resources
● Defines strategies for the creation, harvest, enhancement, remediation, and transformation of metadata, creating best practice guidelines, policies, and procedures
● Assesses and develops metadata specifications, including schema, data elements, thesauri, crosswalks, normalization techniques, and style sheets to ensure high quality discoverability of digital resources in diverse formats including text, image, multimedia, and research data sets
● Consults with data providers to establish appropriate parameters for project-based metadata creation
● Coordinates metadata ingest and dissemination to diverse systems within the institution and with outside entities such as the California Digital Library (CDL) and HathiTrust
● Analyzes metadata and digital objects originating from various sources for quality, consistency, and completeness to facilitate data ingest and coherent aggregation with other data
● Identifies and evaluates new technological platforms to support the management, discovery, and display of library digital collections assisting with digital asset management system planning and implementation
● Advises Library leadership of new methodologies, technologies and approaches to digital assets metadata
● Collaborates with software developers to identify, develop, and/or customize applications that support metadata creation, re-purposing, and automation
● Participates in library-wide activities, administrative committees, special projects and library programs; represents the UCR Library on University of California standing committees and ad-hoc groups, as assigned

Required Qualifications
● ALA-accredited Master’s Degree or equivalent experience or degree in one or more fields relevant to the position
● Experience in creating, editing, and transforming digital assets’ metadata in an academic or research library, archive, or comparable environment
● Demonstrated understanding of data modeling techniques and awareness of trends and best practices
● Familiarity with linked data and semantic web standards
● Experience working with data structure and content standards such as Dublin Core, MODS, PREMIS, EAD, MARC, DACS, and RDA
● Experience using integrated library systems (ILS) and content management systems (CMS)
● Experience using and validating XML and XSLT for expressing and displaying metadata
● Familiarity with metadata transformation and remediation tools such as Oxygen XML Editor, MarcEdit, and OpenRefine
● Demonstrated understanding of digital asset management systems or digital repositories such as Nuxeo or Hydra/Fedora
● Excellent problem solving skills in a complex and rapidly changing environment
● Excellent organizational skills and effectiveness in balancing multiple assignments and projects

● Strong interpersonal skills with ability to work successfully in an intensely collaborative environment with a broad range of people from culturally diverse backgrounds
● Commitment to professional growth and development
● Demonstrated high level of initiative and creativity
● Effective oral and written communication

Preferred Qualifications
● Two or more years of experience as a librarian or in an equivalent professional position
● Familiarity with, and the ability to become proficient in, command line execution in one or more of the following systems: Windows, Mac, UNIX/Linux
● Familiarity with, and the ability to become skilled in one or more of the following programming and scripting languages: Python, Perl, PHP, Java, Ruby
● Working knowledge of SQL, XQuery, and SPARQL with sound skills in data analysis and remediation; familiarity with, and the ability to learn database normalization
● Working knowledge of traditional cataloging principles, controlled vocabularies, and BIBFRAME
● Reading knowledge of one or more non-English languages
● UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

Salary and Benefits
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Appointment at rank of Assistant Librarian or Associate Librarian or Librarian upon qualifications and experience. Advancement through the librarian ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every two to three years, each of which includes substantial peer input. Excellent retirement system, health, and vacation benefits.

Application Information
Please complete and submit the information requested in APRecruit (cover letter addressing qualifications and experience related to the primary duties of the position, resume/curriculum vitae, and three to five professional references as directed at The final date to apply is August 15, 2016.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job location

Riverside, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through teaching, research, professional activity, and/or service.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)