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Head of Digital Object Metadata Management Assistant, Associate, or Full Librarian

Position overview

Salary range: $58,365 - $140,603

Application Window

Open date: November 24th, 2021

Most recent review date: Monday, Jan 31, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Nov 4, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Head of Digital Object Metadata Management
Metadata Services Program

The University of California, San Diego Library seeks motivated, creative and collaborative applicants to join the Library as Head of the Digital Object Metadata Management Unit in the Metadata Services Program. This position will provide metadata expertise and oversight for digital collections and content from a wide variety of disciplines.

Responsibilities of the Position

Reporting to the Program Director for Metadata Services (MS), the Head of the Digital Object Metadata Management Unit (DOMM) plays an important role in the Library’s digital collections work; supporting digital projects, the development of tools and processes, and collaborates in the management of the Library’s Digital Asset Management System (DAMS). The Head of DOMM directly supervises one Metadata Librarian and serves as a work leader for the Research Data Curation Metadata Librarian, with the potential to hire another unit staff member in the future. DOMM digital collections responsibilities focus on materials drawn from the Library’s holdings from Special Collections & Archives, Campus Research Data and materials curated by Library subject specialists. The Head of DOMM will collaborate with data providers, other librarians and library professional staff, archivists, IT professionals and other stakeholders in the library to support digital collections projects, development, and initiatives. The Head of DOMM will possess and continue to develop expertise in metadata best practices, emerging trends, technologies and tools and recommend their adoption if they further Library, DOMM and MS goals.

● Coordinates and manages the development and implementation of metadata strategies that support the discovery and curation of the Library’s digital content.
● Leads the selection and development of relevant metadata standards, ontologies, policies, procedures, and workflows for digital resources.
● Provides expertise on digital object metadata standards and practices, including vocabulary control, taxonomy support, database management, and metadata input and edit tools.
● Participates in the evaluation of platforms for storage, discovery, and delivery of digital content.
● Consults on user experience and user services issues related to metadata creation and editing.
● Responsible for the vision and leadership of Digital Objects Metadata Management unit (DOMM), including ongoing communications, planning and implementing services and initiatives, establishing policies and procedures, and setting and monitoring goals.
● Coordinates DOMM’s services with other Library programs and operations and with the Library’s overall goals.
● Provides direct supervision of two librarians and one professional staff member.
● Responsible for personnel actions and management for DOMM, including recruiting, hiring, training, goal-setting, performance management, performance evaluations, succession planning, and staff development.
● Documents projects, standards, policies, procedures and decisions.
● Serves as a member of the Library’s Digital Library Committees including the Digital Library Products Group and the Digital Library Operations Group.
● Shares management responsibility for the Metadata Services Program (MS) as part of the MS Unit Heads Group

About The Library – Great Research Starts Here

The UC San Diego Library, one of the nation's top public academic libraries, plays a critical role in advancing and supporting the university's research, teaching, patient care, and public service missions. The Library provides the foundation of knowledge needed to advance cutting-edge discoveries in a wide range of disciplines--from healthcare and science to public policy and the arts. The Library provides access to more than 7 million items, including digital and print volumes, journals, and multimedia materials to meet the knowledge demands of scholars, students, and members of the public.

The Metadata Services Program (MS) connects our community to intellectual and creative content by analyzing, describing and organizing resources in ways that promote discovery. We create and manage metadata for tangible resources and digital objects, with special attention to materials unique to UC San Diego, its interests, and its context. We provide services in four core areas: metadata services (for both digital and tangible objects), database management, maintenance, and synchronization, and system-wide collection services. MS routinely collaborates with several programs in the Library including the Research Data Curation, Scholarship Tools & Methods, Special Collections & Archives, Collection Development & Management and Content Acquisitions & Resource Sharing, as well as across the UC Libraries. We value innovation and collaboration and routinely contribute to large-scale national initiatives such as the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC), and Linked Data for Production (LD4P). The UC San Diego Library was one of the pioneers in developing a linked data based DAMS and MS continues our linked data efforts by utilizing and exploring VIAF, FAST, LCNAF, LCSH, Wikidata, ISNI and Geonames.

The Digital Object Metadata Management Unit provides consultation, normalization, and ingest services for digital collections. The Unit also is responsible for the design and maintenance of the data model for the Library’s digital repository, requirements and best practices for metadata, and management of metadata within the repository. Work includes a wide range of digital collection types, in most cases following a model of utilizing subject matter experts or data providers for content description, which is then processed (mapped, transformed, normalized, and reconciled) in preparation for ingest into the Library’s digital repository. The repository itself supports multipart objects and robust description of collections, objects, and object parts.

Librarians at UC San Diego are academic appointees and entitled to appropriate professional leave and all other perquisites granted to non-faculty academic personnel. UC San Diego Librarians are expected to participate in library-wide and system-wide planning and governance and to be professionally active. To foster the best possible working and learning environment, all library staff at UC San Diego strive to cultivate a rich and diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of varying social, economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and those with disabilities. For more information, please review the UC San Diego Principles of Community. We also encourage the opportunity to build a network of peers that share your similar passions and interests through the UCSD Staff Associations network.

About the University
With 36,400 students, UC San Diego is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through excellence in education and research. UC San Diego has been recognized as one of the top 10 public universities in the nation by US News & World Report, as well as one of the top schools for medical research. UC San Diego is also in the top 10 of all universities in the nation in receiving federal R&D research grants.

To Apply:

For full consideration, applications must include the following:

  1. A short application letter addressing your interest in this position and applicable qualifications
  2. A resume of education and relevant experience
  3. The names of at least three persons who are knowledgeable about your qualifications and/or suitability for this position
  4. A personal statement summarizing your past or planned contributions to diversity; guidance for preparing diversity statements can be found at: Center for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion

Compensation: Salary and level of appointment in the Librarian series commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on the University of California pay scales.

Partner Opportunities Program: UC San Diego recognizes that your employment decisions may involve dual career considerations. UCSD provides online and in-person career and relocation assistance to spouses and partners of academic appointees.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

● MLS/MLIS or equivalent advanced degree. Other appropriate degree or equivalent experience in one or more fields related to library services may be substituted.
● Experience in the application and usage of metadata schemas for organizing and managing information.
● High command of information management concepts such as: controlled vocabularies, authority control, and data modeling.
● Experience with tools and techniques for data normalization, mapping, and transformation, such as Open Refine, to facilitate batch processing and ingest.
● Excellent analytical, problem solving, and collaboration skills.
● Excellent interpersonal skills; able to work with a variety of people and situations.

●Strong communication skills; able to present and share ideas clearly and effectively with a variety of audiences.
● Effective in prioritizing multiple concurrent projects in order to meet deadlines in a timely manner.
● Thrives in a collaborative, complex, rapidly changing, and culturally diverse environment.
● Demonstrated knowledge of current metadata trends and issues in academic libraries.
● Capable of advocating for the diverse metadata needs of stakeholders and long term strategic goals
●Strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education and libraries.
● Demonstrated experience successfully managing staff.
● Enthusiasm and commitment to learn new skills in support of program and library goals.

Preferred qualifications

● Experience with linked data, RDF and semantic web technologies.
● Experience with entity matching or reconciliation to linked data vocabularies.
● Familiarity with the process of developing and implementing new tools or services.
● Experience with open source software communities, especially those around data repository systems such as Samvera or Fedora.
● Experience with (meta)data wrangling in OpenRefine or Google Sheets.
● Experience with Bash command language, R, Python or other scripting language.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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Campus Information

The University of California, San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, covered veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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Job location

La Jolla, CA