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Head of Metadata Creation

Recruitment Period

Open date: February 25th, 2019
Next review date: Monday, Apr 22, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Monday, May 13, 2019 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.


Head of Metadata Creation
Library of the University of California, Davis

Overview of Position

The Library of the University of California, Davis, seeks a forward-looking and entrepreneurial professional to join our team as the Head of Metadata Creation and advance the library’s efforts to transform and improve discovery of library resources, collection management, and the organization and curation of data.

Reporting to the Head of the Content Support Services Department, this position will take a strategic role in leading the library into a world of Linked Data in production, reconceiving metadata creation and attendant workflows (such as NACO authority work, metadata enrichment, and data cleanup projects) to take advantage of emerging opportunities in metadata sharing. The UC Davis Library has been participating in prototype testing around Linked Data with OCLC and Casalini Libri and is committed to being an early adopter of Linked Data in all aspects of its metadata production and management.

As the manager of a metadata creation unit, this position will provide intellectual and professional leadership around metadata best practices for both traditional library collections as well as emerging and potential areas of curation, including both data acquired to support digital scholarship and data science and data created by campus researchers. As an individual contributor, this position will also participate directly in metadata creation and improvement and in problem resolution, as well as mentor colleagues in other library units and across the campus.

As a member of the Content Support Services Department, the incumbent collaborates with others in the Scholarly Resources division to plan and coordinate policies, procedures, workflows, and projects.

The Metadata Creation unit is responsible for describing all information resources collected by the Library. In addition to the Head, the unit comprises five employees.

UC Davis and UC Davis Library

The University of California, Davis, is a global community of individuals united to better humanity and our natural world while seeking solutions to some of our most pressing

challenges. Located near Sacramento, California’s capital, UC Davis has more than 38,000 students, the full-time equivalent of 4,100 faculty and other academics and researchers, and 17,400 other personnel. The university has an annual sponsored research budget of over $785 million, includes a major academic health system, and over two dozen specialized research centers. Recognized as one of the top 10 public universities in the US and the number one university in the world for agricultural research and veterinary medicine, UC Davis offers interdisciplinary graduate study and more than 100 undergraduate majors in four colleges - Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Letters and Science. It also houses six professional schools - Education, Law, Management, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, and Nursing.

The UC Davis Library is ranked among the top academic research libraries in North America, and belongs to the Association of Research Libraries and other organizations that position it to collaborate with other top organizations. The library recently migrated to a new resource management system, Ex Libris’s Alma, and uses Primo as its discovery system. The library has been actively involved in Linked Data activities and is planning the transition of its bibliographic data and library operations from MARC to Linked Data. In addition, the Library is a PCC (Program for Cooperative Cataloging) member and participates in CONSER, NACO, and SACO programs.

Position Responsibilities

Under the general supervision of the Head of Content Support Services, the incumbent will:

• Provide leadership to move the library to a Linked Data metadata creation environment, including active participation in testing of cataloging environments and interfaces
(e.g., as provided by LD4P project, OCLC, or Ex Libris), project management of these efforts, and training of cataloging staff in post-MARC metadata production
• May oversee or participate in other Linked Data initiatives, such as powering a faculty profile database with upstream data sources
• Supervise a metadata creation unit of five employees, including hiring, evaluating, and training as appropriate
• Working in conjunction with the Head of Content Support Services, set priorities for metadata creation and processing of new materials
• Design, oversee, and participate in bibliographic database cleanup and enrichment projects
• Oversee portions of bibliographic database management aspects of large-scale relocation projects, including bringing metadata records up to contemporary standards for offsite storage of materials
• Create metadata for a diverse range of materials and oversee quality control for previously cataloged content
• Resolve complex metadata and database quality problems referred by other staff
• Serve as the library’s NACO and CONSER liaison

• Maintain knowledge of current resource description standards
• Contribute to the work of the library through participation on committees, task forces, and other collaborative projects
• Participate in national and international professional organizations and activities
• As an academic appointee, engage actively in pertinent ongoing research, scholarship, or creative activity and/or teaching, including peer review, dissemination, and corresponding university and disciplinary engagement
• Carry out other duties and responsibilities, as assigned

Required Qualifications for the Position

• Masters in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution OR a graduate degree appropriate to working in metadata creation OR at least five years of professional experience in an appropriate industry
• Willingness to explore new technologies and to find ways to incorporate them in order to enhance services and complete tasks more efficiently
• Knowledge of emerging standards, tools, and developments in resource description and access and identity management, such as BIBFRAME, Linked Open Data, VIAF, ISNI, and ORCID
• Three or more years metadata creation experience with library materials (e.g., using RDA, AACR2R, LCSH, LCC, MARC 21 formats)
• At least one year of supervisory experience
• Demonstrated ability to analyze and solve problems
• Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively, in a rapidly changing and culturally diverse environment
• Ability to plan, implement, and direct multiple projects
• Ability to make sound decisions in a fast-paced, production-oriented environment
• Demonstrated excellent interpersonal and communication skills
• Strong commitment to continued professional development
• Comfort with ambiguity
• Strong service orientation and interest in anticipating and supporting information users’ values and needs
• Ability to meet the University of California criteria for advancement and promotion within the Librarian Series

Preferred Qualifications for the Position

• Knowledge of metadata analysis, transformation tools, and scripting languages for data manipulation (OpenRefine, MarcEdit, Python, XSLT, etc.)
• Experience with software for editing data in bulk, such as MarcEdit, OpenRefine, pyMARC, etc.

• Experience using MS Access, SQL, or other programming language to query library databases
• Familiarity with semantic technologies-- RDF, Ontologies, SPARQL, Triples Stores
• Experience using OCLC
• Experience with the Alma library resource management system
• Experience with database management or working with large datasets
• Experience creating and/or editing NACO records; and with authority control processes
• Working knowledge of one or more languages other than English
• Experience cataloging in a consortium environment
• Experience with non-MARC metadata
• Experience creating controlled vocabularies
• Experience working with archival and/or born-digital collections
• Knowledge of consortia and other collaborative resource sharing initiatives
• Experience working and supervising in a union environment
• Record of accomplishment in research, scholarship, or creative activity and/or teaching consonant with an academic appointment

Salary and Benefits

Rank and salary: Associate Librarian to Librarian $67,722 to $93,376 (Appointment rank and salary based on qualifications and experience)

The incumbent will be a member of the LX Collective Bargaining Unit represented by the University Council - American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT).

Benefits: The University of California is one of the largest employers in California, and offers outstanding health and retirement benefits to its employees and their families. Librarians are academic appointees and earn 24 days of vacation and 12 days of sick leave per year. In addition, there are 13 university holidays.

Application Information

Applications must be submitted via the UC Davis RECRUIT website:

Please include a letter of interest addressing qualifications and experience related to the position, a Curriculum Vitae, and names and contact information for at least four references.

Applicants are also required to complete a Statement of Contributions to Diversity. Please visit for information about why diversity statements are requested and guidelines for writing a diversity statement.

Candidates applying by April 8, 2019 will receive first consideration. The position will remain open until filled.

The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus effective January 1, 2014.

Job location

Davis, CA

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Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Please include a letter of interest addressing qualifications and experience related to the position

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

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Diversity contributions documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested.

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