Metadata and Digital Curation Librarian job posting


Metadata and Digital Curation Librarian
Grand Valley State University, University Libraries

Grand Valley State University Libraries, a recipient of the 2012 Association of College and Research Libraries' Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, seeks an energetic, innovative and self-motivated professional for the position of Metadata & Digital Curation Librarian.

Reporting to the Head of Knowledge Access and Resource Management Services, the Metadata and Digital Curation Librarian will provide leadership and guidance in the development and implementation of data management strategies that will support discovery, access, management, and preservation of the Libraries’ and University’s physical and digital assets and resources. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with librarians, archivists, IT staff and faculty to develop the technological and organizational infrastructure needed to support the library’s growing digital collections, digital scholarship and digital preservation initiatives.

Primary Responsibilities:

§  Advise all metadata creation activities throughout the libraries and selects, designs, adapts and maintains appropriate metadata schemas, controlled vocabularies and data dictionaries to facilitate access to resources in the libraries' catalog, digital collections and institutional repository;
§  Track developments in metadata schemas and lead the ongoing development and implementation of metadata standards and best practices within the libraries and across the university;
§  Assist in setting policies, priorities and practices for the production, management and preservation of the library’s digital assets;
§  Supports archival, e-records management and scholarly communication programs;
§  Provide consultative support and expertise to GVSU faculty and academic units on research projects to address their data service needs, including the development of data management plans for grant applications to ensure usability, preservation and access.
§  Assess user needs and keep abreast of evolving metadata standards in order to develop appropriate descriptive, structural and administrative metadata schema for complex heterogeneous collections.

Required Qualifications and Education:

§  Master of Library Science degree from an ALA accredited institution;
§  Working knowledge with at least two of the following cataloging and metadata standards: MARC, Dublin Core, EAD, and PREMIS;
§  Knowledge of XML, OAI-PMH, OAI-ORE or other emerging metadata transfer specifications;
§  Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills;

Preferred Qualifications and Education
§  Working knowledge of Innovative Interfaces Sierra;
§  Working knowledge of BePress' Digital Commons;
§  Working knowledge of preservation systems (e.g. Preservica, Rosetta, Archivematica);
§  Experience with metadata issues related to the discovery of scholarly resources;
§  Experience with one or more metadata manipulation and scripting languages (e.g. XSLT, Java, Perl, Python, or PHP);
§  Experience selecting and applying controlled vocabularies and ontologies to digital library projects;
§  Experience working with faculty and staff external to libraries on digital projects.

Salary, Rank and Benefits:
Salary ranges are commensurate with experience. Depending on qualifications, appointment will be at the Assistant or Associate Librarian rank (12-month, tenure-track). GVSU employees enjoy a comprehensive benefit package, including support for professional development.

Please apply online at, (select faculty).  An application consists of a cover letter, resume/vita, and list of three references. The cover letter should address the responsibilities, qualifications, and experiences listed for the position.  If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215. Questions about this position should be sent to Carlos Rodriguez, Associate Dean of Technology and Information Services, at

The review of applications will begin on March 9, 2015. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by the begin review date.

Grand Valley State University is a public comprehensive university located in western Michigan with campuses in Allendale, Grand Rapids, and Holland, plus centers in Muskegon and Traverse City. The University attracts over 25,000 students with high quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities, including the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons ( that opened in June 2013. The new active learning environment connects students, resources, services and technologies and has changed the face of education at GVSU. This new facility is designed with green building concepts and is the first LEED Platinum certified library in the state of Michigan. The greater Grand Rapids metropolitan area has a population of over one million, and offers numerous cultural and recreational opportunities, a moderate cost of living, and a high quality of life. For information related to the GVSU work/life experience, visit

Grand Valley State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. Minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. We are interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.


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