Metadata Project Specialist — NYU Library of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World — New York, NY

Description: The Library of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) at New York University seeks part-time Metadata Project Specialist for an Ancient World Digital Library project related to Central Asian archaeology. Reporting to the ISAW Head Librarian, the Metadata Specialist will be responsible for reviewing, assessing, and creating metadata for a large collection of digitized monographs and serials containing archeological scholarship on Central Asia for the Ancient World Digital Library.

The successful candidate will:
a�? review digitized publications quickly to determine whether they are within ISAWa��s academic scope
a�? determine whether publications are already available online, and if so, where
a�? research copyright status of items
a�? create relevant descriptive metadata using controlled vocabularies for the digital materials selected and upload them to an NYU digital repository, such as the Faculty Digital Archive, for ultimate publication in the Ancient World Digital Library.

The Metadata Project Specialist is a part-time appointment for the Spring 2016 semester of up to 21 hours per week. Reappointment for an additional semester may be considered, based on performance and funding availability.


Required: Reading fluency in Russian; ability to work in Cyrillic; either MLS degree or relevant coursework from an ALA-accredited MLS program or MA degree or relevant coursework in subject area.

Preferred: Familiarity with relevant cataloging standards, practices, and products, such as Dublin Core, LC classification, LCSH, MARC formats, AACR2, LCRIs, and RDA; familiarity with integrated library systems and OCLC; experience or internship in technical services in an academic or research library; background or academic interest in ancient history and/or archaeology of Central Asia; familiarity with DSpace or other digital repository platforms; ability to problem-solve and work independently.

New York University Libraries: Libraries at New York University serve the schoola��s 40,000 students and faculty and contain more than 5 million volumes. The Libraries supports NYUa��s vision to become the first true Global Network University by collaborating and providing services to our 11 global academic centers and a�?portal campusesa�? in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. New York University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the OCLC Research Library Partnership, and the HathiTrust. The Libraries participates in a variety of consortia and collaborates closely with Columbia University Libraries and the New York Public Library through the Manhattan Research Library Consortium. For the NYU Libraries Mission and Strategic Plan go to

The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World: The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World is a unique center for advanced scholarly research and graduate education, offering the Ph.D. degree through NYUa��s Graduate School of Arts and Science. It has a wider geographic span than other programs that focus on the ancient world, incorporating not only Europe and the entire Mediterranean basin, but also the Near East, and Central, South, and East Asia. In its research and its teaching of doctoral students, ISAW emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach, one that transcends modern boundaries of nation. It supports scholarship that crosses customary disciplinary boundaries a�� art history, literature, archaeology, history, geography, geology, economics, and sociology, among others a�� to create a new intellectual framework for understanding the ancient world, and to train a new generation of scholars steeped in that integrated approach.

Salary/Benefits: Salary commensurate with experience and background.

To Apply: To ensure consideration, send CV and letter of application, including the name, address, and telephone number of three references to: Enrique Yanez, Assistant Dean for Human Resources, New York University Libraries, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012 or via email to CVs will be considered until the position is filled.


NYUa��s Division of Libraries embraces diversity and is committed to attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. NYU is an EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Employer.

About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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