Discovery Metadata Librarian, Yale University Library, New Haven, CT

Discovery Metadata Librarian

Catalog and Metadata Services

Yale University Library

New Haven, CT

Rank: Librarian 1-3

Schedule:A� Full-time (37.5 hours per week); Standard Work Week (M-F, 8:30-5:00)

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut.A� Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include two major art museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

The University and the Library:

The Yale University Library, as one of the world’s leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and supports the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including around 12.8 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaging in numerous projects to expand access to its physical and digital collections. Housed in eighteen buildings including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Bass Library, it employs a dynamic and diverse staff of approximately five hundred who offer innovative and flexible services to library readers.A� For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library’s web site at

Within the University Library, Technical Services departments pursue a course of continual change and innovation in building integrated, university-wide information access systems. These systems are designed to provide readers timely access to new materials in all formats as well as a high-quality bibliographic record of Yale’s extraordinary library collections, which have developed over the last three centuries. Our collections continue to grow at more than 200,000 volumes per year, including an increasing number of materials in digital form.

Position Focus:

Under the general direction of the Metadata Services and Catalog Management Team Leader, the Discovery Metadata Librarian works closely with other librarians and support staff in the department, and across the Library, to support the discovery of, and access to, the librarya��s digital and print content through metadata analysis, creation, consultation, enhancement, and maintenance services for both analog and digital projects, within the Library and across the campus. The Metadata Librarian will also be responsible for developing metadata maintenance workflow and projects, and providing training in basic and/or special metadata implementations to other staff within the department and across the library.

Position Responsibilities:

  1. Creates metadata records for the functional requirements of a project; identifies and implements appropriate metadata standards for digital projects that the team and department are engaged in; contributes to the development and maintenance of the librarya��s metadata initiatives and operations.
  2. Designs and applies metadata mapping profiles for conversion of metadata from one schema to another for production purposes; develops and implements workflows and procedures for collection-specific projects. Provides consultation and guidance to colleagues in other departments or libraries and supports faculty members and/or students for their teaching, research, and learning endeavors.
  3. Participates in the planning and implementation of library-wide digital initiatives and projects. Develops plans and monitors the timely progress of the ongoing projects; and provides training and documentation for project related activities.
  4. Develops and implements metadata and cataloging tools and applications. Assesses and analyzes the automation needs of the team and department for both metadata and cataloging operations; explores, evaluates, and implements both open source programs and commercial products that support and improve the current metadata and/or cataloging functions; customizes existing cataloging applications and toolkits to enhance productivity and efficiency.
  5. Applies programming and scripting languages in support of the technical requirements and production needs for metadata creation, conversion, implementation, and maintenance; develops and/or customizes API applications and tools for automation and innovation.
  6. Participates in the Librarya��s development of next-generation discovery tools and interfaces. Coordinates metadata activities and provides analysis and advice on metadata implementation, enhancement, and troubleshooting.
  7. Develops and provides technical training for staff within the department and across the library in the application of metadata standards and the Yale metadata best practices, and works closely with the Training and Documentation Librarian in preparing training documents and workshops.
  8. Engages in continuous professional development, by seeking professional training and learning opportunities inside and outside of Yale, to keep up with the current metadata standards and practices, linked data developments, and the evolving information discovery technologies; participates in departmental and library-wide committees and collaborative programs.
  9. May be required to assist in disaster recovery efforts.A� May be assigned to work at West Campus location in West Haven, CT.

Principal Responsibilities:

  1. The Librarian 1 is the beginning rank and is expected to demonstrate excellence in meeting the position responsibilities, as defined by the job description and annual goals.
  2. Begin to fulfill the criteria for service to the library, university, and/or community.
  3. Begin to fulfill the criteria for professional contributions.
  4. For a complete description of the position and department, please see the department URL.

Required Education and Experience:

Mastera��s degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited Library school. In selected instances, a post-graduate degree in a related discipline may be required or substituted for an MLS. Appointment to Librarian 1 rank is limited to two years at which time it is expected that the individual will develop necessary requirements to meet expectations of performance at the Librarian 2 level.

Required Skills and Abilities:

  1. Demonstrated ability in working with current and emerging metadata standards and tools, including MARCXML, Dublin Core, MODS, and METS. Knowledge of XML, XSLT, and XPath. Strong metadata analytical and problem solving skills.
  2. Strong computer skills and proficiency with heterogeneous operating systems including Windows, Mac, and UNIX/Linux. Demonstrated ability to work with computer hardware and software application related to library services. Working familiarity with one or more local library management system (preferably Voyager).
  3. Ability to manage a variety of tasks and multiple priorities. Demonstrated record of designing projects and bringing them to a conclusion in a timely fashion.
  4. Logical and enthusiastic approach to work; careful attention to detail; initiative and follow-through in equal measure.A� Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications and analytical ability.
  5. Demonstrated ability to work collegially and cooperatively within and across organizations. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and independently with varied groups within a complex organization, and in a rapidly changing, team environment.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:A�

  1. Reading knowledge of one or more foreign languages other than English.
  2. Two years of experience with metadata creation and production; experience developing library content discovery applications and system improvements.
  3. Skills in programming and scripting languages. SQL and database query skills.
  4. Knowledge of cataloging standards, authority control, subject analysis, and controlled vocabulary.

Salary and Benefits:

We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country’s great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

Applications consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be sent by creating an account and applying online at A�for immediate consideration – the STARS req ID for this position is 20479BR.A� Please be sure to reference #20479BR in your cover letter.

Background Check Requirements:

All external candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements.A� All offers are contingent on successful completion of the required background check.A� Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.A� Yale values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups.

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