Reporting to the Head of Metadata & Discovery Strategy, the Metadata Transformation Librarian takes an innovative, service-oriented approach to the support of several key information management and discovery systems, including the integrated library system (ILS), currently ExLibris’ Aleph; the off-site storage management system, currently Generation Fifth Application’s Library Archival System (GFA); and discovery systems used by the staff of the library.

The Metadata Transformation Librarian will serve as part of a Technical Services department that includes a wide array of activities in metadata analysis, creation, consultation, enhancement, and maintenance. S/he will provide development, research and analysis toward the onboarding of the next-generation library management system (FOLIO), such as data mapping and metadata transformation tasks.  S/he will have programming and/or scripting skills commensurate with Technical Services’ goals and ambitions. S/he uses vendor-supplied tools and services to meet the needs of the libraries and, when necessary, develops and maintains local extensions to the applications using query and scripting languages, such as SQL and Perl. 

This newly created position is a rare opportunity to launch a career in academic librarianship at a major ARL member library invested in the future of library discovery, technology, and services. The successful candidate will demonstrate a capacity to learn new technologies and apply analytical reasoning to creatively solve issues in metadata application and management.

This opportunity provides an environment for strong mentorship in professional development for an early-career librarian. As DUL develops toward a non-MARC based metadata infrastructure Technical Services is committed to exploring opportunities and rethinking current practices to prepare the Libraries’ data for this future.

Responsibilities

  • Works with departments throughout the Technical Services Division to determine policy for utilization and configuration of ILS software, identifies unmet functional requirements, develops specifications, evaluates available software or provides advice on in-house development in support of Library activities and services reliant upon ILS-supported systems
  • Liaises with other library technical departments to ensure common understanding of Metadata & Discovery Strategy goals and functions (i.e.: Rubenstein Technical Services, Information Technology Services (ITS), etc.)
  • Serves as a technical specialist and consultant, with an aptitude for ILS tools, Application Programming Interfaces, and ILS configuration tables; develops and documents programs and scripts that extend system functionality and automate routine tasks; supports the development of progressively improved proof-of-concept demonstrations of functionality to be delivered; works with technical staff  from other library departments to integrate scripted solutions with Duke University Libraries' computing infrastructure
  • Plays a major role in evaluation, testing, and migration to the next generation library system as a replacement for the current ILS (Aleph); facilitates and ensures common understanding across Technical Services stakeholders of the technology, platform requirements and overall technical vision during design activities
  • Creates and maintains custom reports and services from Aleph and other library-related relational databases using SQL, Access, or other reporting tools in order to facilitate metadata transformation and normalization across Library discovery systems, such as Summon, Endeca, 360Services, and custom interfaces
  • Performs day-to-day support activities of the various components of Duke University Libraries integrated library system (ILS) by documenting local implementation decisions and providing routine application maintenance
  • Maintains current awareness of trends and issues relative to library information technology and supported applications
  • Contributes to library-wide initiatives; participates in departmental and library-wide activities; serves on library committees and task forces
  • Displays continuing growth in professional and subject knowledge by taking an active interest in the profession. This growth and interest may be demonstrated through continuing development of professional knowledge and abilities, membership and participation in professional organizations, and/or service to the library, University, or community in a professional capacity
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • None

Qualifications

It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning and a commitment to diversity. 

Education

Required: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience

Required:

  • Familiarity with bibliographic record structure and classification systems (e.g. MARC21, Dublin Core, LCC, Dewey)
  • Familiarity with the concepts of  FRBR, linked data, and emerging library initiatives such as BIBFRAME
  • Familiarity with an integrated library system (ILS)
  • Familiarity with XML/XSL technologies
  • Knowledge and aptitude in command-line operating systems (e.g., Unix, Linux)
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate, plan, and implement projects and services
  • Demonstrated problem solving, organizational and analytical skills, and an aptitude for detail-oriented work
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and strong critical reading skills
  • Must possess the ability to deal with change, ambiguity, and complex problems in a dynamic work environment; proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Aptitude for developing a sophisticated understanding of the applications of new technology as applied in library settings

Preferred:

  • Experience with an ILS, such as Ex Libris’ Aleph
  • Familiarity with library metadata manipulation tools such as OpenRefine, MarcEdit, etc.
  • Experience manipulating large data sets
  • Experience with SQL
  • Experience with at least one high-level programming or scripting language (e.g., PHP, Perl, Python, Ruby, or C/C++)
  • Experience integrating third-party applications into library information systems
  • Experience with UNIX/Linux
  • Previous academic library experience

About the Department

“To advance Discovery, we must work strategically. “

Metadata and Discovery Strategy is a new department, which serves as a Technical Services think tank for Duke University Libraries’ strategic priority to advance discovery.  This department’s work focuses on ways for Technical Services to re-conceptualize and transform metadata to assure its continued usefulness in, and interoperability with, national and international discovery systems. Additionally, to strive to maintain data consistency and accuracy across a variety of library systems; explore new technologies in the greater library community, and prepare Technical Services for transition to new technologies; such as linked data.

Working Conditions

  • Must be able to work in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible
  • Normal office environment

These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

Salary and Benefits

Salary and rank dependent on qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package includes 20 days vacation, 13 holidays, 12 days sick leave; health, dental, disability and life insurance and support for professional development and training.

Environment

Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university's intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the William R. Perkins Library and its branches: Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Lilly, Music, and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort.  Duke’s library holdings of 6.1 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States.

Duke's hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business.

Duke offers a comprehensive benefit packages which includes both traditional benefits such as health insurance, leave time and retirement, as well as wide ranging work/life and cultural benefits. Details can be found at:  http://www.hr.duke.edu/benefits/index.php

Application

Cover letter, detailed resume and the names, addresses (mailing and e-mail), and telephone numbers of three references should be submitted to: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/8971 . Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Applications which are missing any of the components listed above will not be reviewed.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The Duke University Libraries have a strong commitment to Affirmative Action and is actively seeking to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of our staff.