Metadata Transformation Librarian, Duke University Libraries, Durham, NC

Duke University Libraries position opening for Metadata Transformation Librarian
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.

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