APH Career Opportunity: Special Collections and Metadata Librarian

The Special Collections and Metadata Librarian works as part of the Resource Services team performing cataloging, reference, knowledge management work, and other related duties. The librarian will create metadata, digitize collections, and provide access to digital collections and services. The librarian reports to the Technical Services and Digital Resources Manager.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Perform complex metadata creation, cataloging and database maintenance, as well as complex problem resolution involving materials representing a wide variety of formats. Apply appropriate professional metadata creation and cataloging standards (RDA, ONIX, etc.) set by nationally and internationally recognized authorities (LC, NISO, etc.) and local cataloging conventions.
  2. Perform library services for special collections, including budgeting input, materials selection, reference, cataloging, and interlibrary loan.
  3. Select and prepare materials for the digital library, applying knowledge of copyright laws and digital preservation.
  4. Participate in Knowledge Management and diverse digital initiatives; collect and organize information resources, utilizing knowledge of digitization, taxonomies, metadata, and information storage and retrieval.
  5. Participate in internal APH committees to improve file optimization, digitization, image description, and other initiatives to improve access to APH’s collections and materials.
  6. Identify and resolve data issues in the local integrated library system (TMM). Create, modify, and maintain complex reports using report-writing software, including Crystal Reports.
  7. Provide internal and external reference services related to Louis and other APH databases, including outreach for the departmental liaison program.
  8. Identify appropriate reference tools and perform searching of pertinent databases and information systems as requested. Assist in the selection of information resources for internal and external web pages.
  9. May represent APH at national conferences related to APH’s mission.
  10. Perform miscellaneous duties as assigned.

Education, Training, and Experience Requirements

  1. Masters degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited program or equivalent professional degree.
  2. Must have minimum 2 years library database and cataloging experience including working knowledge of metadata standards, and web based online public access catalogs. Comparable experience/coursework in the areas of digitization, content management, controlled vocabularies, or information storage and retrieval may be considered.
  3. Must be a highly motivated worker with demonstrated initiative and skills in analyzing and solving problems.
  4. Must have demonstrated oral communications skills and experience dealing with customers, clients, or library patrons. Must have excellent written communication skills, including effective presentation, writing, and demonstrated attention to detail.
  5. Must have working knowledge of Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access, as well as Adobe Acrobat, Internet browsers, Google Drive, and other cloud-based technologies, such as Dropbox. Knowledge of SharePoint desirable.

To Apply:

Please apply online.

The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is a DRUG FREE WORKPLACE. An offer of employment is conditioned upon successfully passing a drug screening test and background check.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, place of birth, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability or protected veteran status.EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability Employer.

Posted: October 18, 2017

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