Head, Data Control Unit, Metadata Department (Stanford University, California)

Head, Data Control Unit, Metadata Department (Stanford University, California)

Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources (SULAIR) is currently seeking a forward-looking librarian to manage the unit within the Metadata Department that is responsible for the maintenance of bibliographic, authority, holdings and item data in the Library’s local integrated system. The Data Control Unit is also responsible for the copy cataloging of “bulk” and gift collections, the cataloging of all Stanford dissertations and the processing of user requests for “in process” materials.

Currently, the Library’s local system (SirsiDynix Symphony) includes close to 7 million bibliographic records, 2.7 million authority records, 10 million item records and 600,000 MARC holdings records. The Unit is likely to expand its scope to include non-MARC metadata in the near future. In this key position, the incumbent will manage a staff of 6 FTE non-exempt employees plus a varying number of project staff and hourly assistants. S/he will oversee operations, the timely processing of error reports from various workflows, planning and execution of data maintenance projects, monitoring of distributed maintenance activities and statistics tracking. Specific duties will include hiring, training and supervision of all staff, developing standard maintenance policies and procedures, managing multiple incoming work streams, maintaining statistics, designing and executing plans for special projects and quality control measures, and responding to new initiatives and changes in the Library’s technical processing and discovery environments. S/he will also serve as liaison with other Library units, staff and users. This position requires a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program or similar credential, 3+ years of library work experience, expert knowledge of the rules and practices in descriptive cataloging, authority control, subject headings assignment and classification, and familiarity with the cataloging and authority modules of an integrated library system. The proven ability to manage staff and large, complex projects is essential, along with excellent oral/written communication and organization skills, and the ability to work effectively in a dynamic, production-orientated environment. Familiarity with current and emerging trends in library metadata is desired, along with advanced knowledge of one or more Western European languages, XML and skills related to data massaging and development of scripts for automated data manipulation processes. To see the full job description, assure your application information is captured in our official files and give the hiring department immediate access to your resume, you must apply to http://jobs.stanford.edu/. ; Input 47167 in the keyword search box. In addition to a cover letter and resume, applicants should provide names, phone numbers and email addresses of thee references. Stanford University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

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