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Company Name : University of Minnesota
Company Location : Minneapolis, MN
Job Position : Metadata Analyst (UL450)
Job Category : Jobs in Minnesota
Job Description :
- BA/BS plus at least four years of experience, or master’s degree plus at least two years of experience
- Experience with large-scale metadata creation, analysis, and management, including manipulation/transformation and application/system interoperability
- Working knowledge of MARC and RDA cataloging protocols
- Demonstrated skills with scripting languages and/or tools for data manipulation (e.g.,
- OpenRefine, Python, XSLT)
- Experience in successful trouble-shooting and problem solving in the context of enterprise systems and data, and with multiple stakeholders
- Commitment to diversity, equity, respect and inclusion.
- Functional experience with library systems related to acquisitions, resource management, and/or fulfillment/circulation
- Experience with Ex Libris’ Alma library management system
- Knowledge of library technology protocols such as OpenURL, OAI-PMH, and Z39.50
- Familiarity with metadata schemas, XML, and XSLT and Semantic Web technologies
- Evidence of active participation, involvement, and leadership in local, state, regional, national, or international professional or scholarly associations
- Evidence of successful participation in collaborative projects/work teams.
- Project Management Experience
- ALA accredited MLS/MLIS degree
The University of Minnesota – Twin Cities Libraries seeks a collaborative individual for the position of Metadata Analyst to lead and have primary responsibility for large-scale and complex analyses involving data in the Libraries’ enterprise integrated library system (Alma) relating to normalization of metadata, extract and ingest of data among systems, and leveraging metadata to increase discoverability and use of collections. The position uses a broad set of metadata analysis tools, processes, workflows, and methodologies, to perform metadata record analysis, specification writing, transformation, quality assurance, loading services, and data management. The Metadata Analyst is responsible for high quality and timely metadata automation services and leads the development of reporting and business process solutions. The analyst also monitors emerging technologies and recommends their adoption if they meet project specifications or long-term organizational goals. Reporting to the Director of Library Enterprise Systems (LES), this position works closely with departmental and service area staff, and consults with system campus library staff (Twin Cities, Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester campus libraries, and the Law Library, when appropriate to evaluate needs and processes, and develop and refine workflows, analyses, and reports that benefit the University of Minnesota library enterprise systems.
Located in the Collections and Content Strategy Service Area, the Library Enterprise Systems Department provides enterprise-level information technology systems and services in support of core library operations and, in collaboration with other Libraries units and functions, end-user discovery and access services. The department holds principal responsibility for the enterprise library systems (Ex Libris Alma, Primo/Primo VE, Leganto) that undergird numerous library data management, information retrieval, and transactional services for all University system campus libraries including over 7.7 million volumes. It also provides the Libraries organization with data analysis and reporting services related to enterprise systems that, for both strategic and operational purposes, support planning and execution, decision-making, and assessment and evaluation.
Metadata Analysis and Interoperability (80%)
- Leads investigation and implementation of high quality and timely metadata automation services, and the development of reporting and business process solutions.
- Develops workflows, scripts, and replicable analysis processes to automate metadata management and complex metadata reporting and analysis.
- Provides technical leadership for metadata projects, operations, and integrations, using tools such as import profiles, normalization rules, and publishing profiles.
- Collaborates with cataloging and metadata staff in libraries across the University system to facilitate metadata enrichment projects and optimize Alma system functionality for cataloging and metadata creation.
- Develops sustainable workflows for ongoing business requirements, and estimates and documents continuing support and maintenance needs.
- Leads extraction and transformation of bibliographic and holdings metadata for projects and ongoing workflows, including shared catalogs and repositories, local digitization projects, and external tools, services, and partners.
- Evaluates incoming bibliographic record metadata from a variety of sources (including MARC and non-MARC data), and edits or creates bibliographic, holdings, and item records using automated processes, APIs, or programming.
- Analyze, extract, export, normalize, transform, and publish data for database maintenance and external reporting projects
Enterprise Systems (20%)
- Coordinates interdepartmental working group for ebook record loading, facilitating regular discussion, debate, and decision meetings, managing high-level workflow management tools, and ensuring local and professional best practices are followed.
- Participates in the Acquisitions and Finance Interest Group (AFIG), acting as primary expert on the impact of acquisitions and ordering policy and procedure on functionality in Alma. Recommends for or against implementation of new system functionality for acquisitions, coordinates testing, and completes technical implementation work. Writes or advises on technical aspects of policy and procedure documentation. Helps to determine training needs for staff regarding acquisitions in Alma.
- Leverages deep expertise, technical, and institutional knowledge to resolve enterprise system issues in the areas of acquisitions and resource management, working with subject experts at all system campus libraries, and in collaboration with Libraries IT, Library Enterprise Systems, and third-parties and vendors.
- Implements and maintains automated metadata publishing for resource sharing according to business needs and third-party specifications.
- Monitors emerging technologies and recommends their adoption if they meet project specifications or long-term organizational goals.
- Elicit and document requirements, assess feasibility, and define scope for proposed and current projects to contribute to the development and continuous review of business cases.
- Contribute to development of existing and new applications, products, and services by analyzing and identifying areas for modification and improvement.
Service to the Libraries, University, and/or the Community
- Establishes a record of visible active contribution to the Libraries, the institution, and/or the broader community that extends beyond assigned responsibilities.
- Contributes to the University of Minnesota’s commitment to serve the citizens of Minnesota by promoting services and resources that will benefit the broader community.
Professional Development and Contribution
- Contributes through visible professional activity, particularly as it contributes to the achievement of library and University objectives. Evidence of such contributions would typically include work in relevant professional or scholarly organizations, publications, external training, public speaking and consulting, and/or evidence of scholarly reflection and output.
This is a full-time, 12-month, annual renewable professional academic position. The minimum salary for this position is $75,000. The Libraries offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits and substantial moving allowance.
Collections & Content Strategy Service Area
The Collections & Content Strategy service area (C&CS) provides leadership in the development, discovery, and long-term stewardship of the University of Minnesota Libraries’ wide-ranging collections. With over 7.7 million print volumes, and millions of electronic resources, the University of Minnesota Libraries’ research collections address all current and emerging areas of study at the University. Our collections are amongst the largest in the country. C&CS directs and oversees the acquisition, licensing, description, and discovery of content to meet the needs of the University community and all those interested in our collections. We also facilitate access to resources held at our extensive network of partner libraries throughout the world. The C&CS service area also develops and stewards the technologies and systems that support the metadata, fulfillment, and discovery of our robust resources for both the Twin Cities campus and the system campus libraries. We provide digitization, management, and preservation of the Libraries’ physical collections to ensure long-term, broad access to those resources in our possession. Our aim is to increase access to, and awareness of, unique resources for scholars throughout the world. We also provide services and expertise to campus content creators on our collections, intellectual property rights, and copyright information while advocating for sustainable models for scholarly communication and information sharing. We work collaboratively with Libraries staff across the University of Minnesota system, campus partners, and external partners to advance the mission of the Libraries and the University.
Library Enterprise Systems Department
The Library Enterprise Systems (LES) department supports the University’s mission of learning, research and outreach activities of the University through providing well-aligned, highly functional, and distinctive information technology services for use by the University and, whenever possible, the global community.
Specifically, LES provides enterprise-level information technology systems and services in support of core library operations and, in collaboration with other Libraries units and functions, end-user discovery and access services. The department holds principal responsibility for the enterprise library systems that undergird numerous library data management, information retrieval, and transactional services for all University system campus libraries, including the Law Library. It also provides the Libraries organization with data analysis and reporting services related to enterprise systems that, for both strategic and operational purposes, support planning and execution, decision-making, and assessment and evaluation. LES carries out these functions through the coalescing of data, analysis, and information technology expertise, and in collaboration with numerous Libraries, University, institutional partners, and professional entities.
LES partners with other departments within the Collections & Content Strategy Service Area, the Access Services and Course Materials departments within the Student Success Services Area, and the Department of Information Technology, regarding systems functionality and configuration, leading and contributing to initiatives that advance Libraries’ operations and strategic plans.
Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.
- Cover Letter (identify cover letter with UL450).
- Names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three current references.
Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your “My Activities” page and uploading documents there. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.
The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U: http://diversity.umn.edu.
Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.
Please note: All employees at the University of Minnesota are required to comply with the University’s Administrative Policy: COVID-19 Vaccination and Safety Protocol by either providing proof of being fully vaccinated on their first day of employment, or complete a request for an exemption for medical exemption or religious reasons. To learn more please visit: https://safe-campus.umn.edu/return-campus/get-the-vax
The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)
The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.
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