San José State University’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library is an innovative, collaborative, and supportive environment that empowers employees to achieve professional and personal goals while contributing to the University Library’s student-centered mission. The expert staff at the University Library are highly committed to excellence and service. As a joint library facility with San José Public Library’s main branch, and a member of the 23-campus California State University system, University Library employees frequently work with multiple external stakeholders and partners across a breadth of institutions.
The Digital Collections and Metadata Coordinator works collaboratively with colleagues at SJSU Library and within the California State University system to catalog and create metadata for digital and physical library collections and artifacts in a variety of platforms. This position is part of the Digital Scholarship Services unit and receives work direction from the Digital Scholarship Librarian and reports to the Director of User Experience as their Appropriate Administrator.
This position specializes in creating, maintaining, and enhancing metadata for complex and varied digital media types. Format types include audio, video, and 3D assets; virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) objects and programs; born-digital and digitized documents; and other digital objects. The Digital Collections and Metadata Coordinator identifies and implements novel solutions for new and emerging format types, working closely with colleagues to establish policies and practices that enhance discoverability, interoperability, and preservation of the library’s digital materials. The Digital Collections and Metadata Coordinator creates metadata that is inclusive, culturally accurate, and supports campus EDI principles while adhering to national standards and local policies and procedures, in compliance with the policies and best practices set forth by CSU-wide ULMS governance. The Digital Collections and Metadata Coordinator is encouraged to participate in professional organizations, initiatives, and discussions that improve digital collection practices and further inclusive, representative metadata practices.
The Digital Collections and Metadata Coordinator develops, maintains, and shares expertise on cataloging and metadata platforms. Currently this includes the library’s ILS, Alma; Digital Collections platform, Islandora; and Institutional Repository, Digital Commons. This position is encouraged to participate in and lead library, CSU, State, and National level committees on cataloging, metadata, and discovery practices for digital collections and formats.
The University Library is committed to bringing anti-racism practices into library services and operations. This position advances strategic initiatives in this area and ensures day-to-day business functions are aligned with the library’s core values of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
- Creates metadata using Dublin Core, MODS, and other appropriate metadata schema for materials contributed to library digitization projects using a digital collection management system
- Assess metadata descriptions and vocabularies in catalog and metadata records to ensure the records are inclusive, culturally accurate, in support of the institution’s equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) principles
- Collaborate with colleagues in Special Collections and Archives, the Africana, Asian American, Chicano, & Native American Studies Center, the Institutional Repository, and other library units to contribute to metadata projects, cleanup needs, and application of appropriate metadata standards
- Scans materials according the established standards and manipulates images using Photoshop or similar utility for inclusion into the digital collection management system
- Analyzes and researches photographs and other library materials being added to the digital collections to determine specific subject matter and develop descriptive metadata
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Thorough knowledge of the structure of the cataloging and digital library systems and records and how the metadata in the various fields relate to one another
- Thorough knowledge of Dublin Core and MODS schemas
- Ability to work collaboratively with library colleagues and others in support of library initiatives in metadata, cataloging and digital humanities
- Demonstrated visual literacy skills to accurately read and understand photographs and other pictorial materials
- Working knowledge of use and functions of scanning equipment and Photoshop or similar image manipulation software.
- Ability to effectively communicate ideas and concepts in verbal, written and presentation format
- High school education or equivalent certification
- Four years of related library and/or clerical experience or an equivalent combination of experience and education
- 3 years of experience in an academic library setting
- Bachelor’s degree preferred, classwork in library science or digital media helpful
- Experience creating metadata using established schemas, especially MODS, Dublin Core, RDF or EAD - using encoding systems like XML, JSON or MARC21
- Experience with creation and quality enhancement of digital objects in a content management system, such as Drupal, Digital Commons and Omeka, or digital asset management system, such as Islandora, Rosetta, or ContentDM
- Experience working on projects with culturally sensitive content, such as oral histories, in a way that is community-focused and identity-sensitive
Classification: Library Services Specialist IV
Anticipated Hiring Range: $6,200/month - $6,309/month
CSU Salary Range: $3,998/month - $7,376/month
San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary.
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All applicants must apply within the specified application period: May 1, 2023 through May 22, 2023. This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.
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