UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE LIBRARIES FACULTY VACANCY
Position: Metadata Librarian
Appointment Rank: Assistant or Associate Professor
Salary: $42,000.00 minimum
Available: January 1, 2006
Are you creative and energetic? Are professional growth and change important
to you? Do you want to work in a team-based academic library environment? If
so, consider a position at the UT Libraries. East Tennesseans benefit from
affordable housing, excellent outdoor recreational facilities at the foot of
the Great Smoky Mountains, mild weather, friendly citizens, and a thriving and
vibrant art community.
The Metadata Librarian provides leadership for the University of Tennessee
Libraries on all metadata issues, coordinates with constituencies inside and
outside the libraries on these issues, is the resident authority for metadata
and digitization standards, and helps establish and implement policies for the
libraries. The Metadata Librarian reports to the Head of Technical Services
and Digital Access and is a member of that Team. The librarian is a member of
the Digital Library Center's Steering Committee, which selects the digital
projects. The librarian works closely with the Digital Initiatives
Coordinator and the Digital Library Programmer, who are based in the Library
Technology Services, in the completion of chosen projects. Please see the
Digital Library Center website at http://diglib.lib.utk.edu/dlc/ for more
information. This is a tenure track position, with the requisite requirements
of research and service. Recent graduates and candidates working on statewide
digital projects are encouraged to apply.
Specific Duties include:
* Maintain knowledge of national and international descriptive,
technical and administrative metadata standards and schema and be responsible
for interpreting and adapting those metadata schema for local purposes.
* Select the appropriate metadata scheme for each project.
* Coordinate the creation and management of, and training in,
descriptive and other metadata for the selected projects.
* Work closely with content providers and Library Technology Services
in the development of metadata.
* Oversee the process of digitization of various types of materials
(including, but not limited to, print, slides, photographs, maps, scores,
music). Responsibility for evaluating digital projects for outsourcing or in
house production. Responsibility for directing any outsourced project(s).
* Choose the appropriate digitization standards and the text extraction
methods for individual projects or objects. With the Preservation librarian,
chooses archival format and preservation standards for these projects
* Supervise (hire, evaluate, train) staff, which currently consists of
a GA at ľ FTE and a student worker.
* Work with the Team Leader to integrate production of metadata into
the Technical Services and Digital Access Team, including responsibility for
training staff members in the production of metadata.
* Assist with grant submissions for additional projects and contributes
to the development of a statewide digital library.
* Participate in national metadata initiatives.
* Perform outreach to other areas of campus to increase understanding
and use of digital objects in teaching, learning, and research.
* Assist the Team in maintaining the Teamís web site and helping with
XSLT use in Aleph ILS implementation
* Participate in the implementation of and training in Digitool, the
universityís Institutional Repository.
* Perform research and service needed for promotion and tenure.
Masterís degree from an ALA-accredited program. Direct, relevant experience
with creating and using non-MARC metadata schema and XML in a higher education
setting or experience as full time or student employee staff member in a
Digital Library. Knowledge of administrative metadata for various types of
objects. Knowledge of developing standards such as MODS, METS, PREMIS and DC.
Knowledge of current and emerging cataloging rules and standards. Excellent
oral and written communication skills. Ability to work both independently and
collaboratively with several different constituencies. Flexibility and the
willingness to learn and adapt.
Digital library experience is strongly preferred. Academic library
experience. Experience in training others. Familiarity with relational
database structure. Experience with digitization software and digitization
standards. Experience with grant projects.
The institution welcomes and honors people of all races, creeds, cultures and
sexual orientations, and values intellectual curiosity, pursuit of knowledge,
and academic freedom and integrity.
The University of Tennessee is the stateís flagship institution of higher
education, offering comprehensive programs of undergraduate, graduate, and
professional education; research; and public service throughout the state.
Enrollment in the statewide system is approximately 42,000. Our students come
from every county in Tennessee, every state in the nation, and many foreign
countries. The university holds the Carnegie Doctoral/Research-Extensive
classification. It is the oldest and largest public institution of higher
education in Tennessee, founded in Knoxville in 1794, two years before
Tennessee became a state.
The University of Tennessee Libraries, with an annual budget of more than $13
million, includes the John C. Hodges Main Library; the James D. Hoskins
Library, which includes the Map and Special Collection Libraries; the Webster
Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library; and the George F.
DeVine Music Library. The Social Work Library is located in Nashville. Over
three hundred persons are employed, including 58 librarians, 10 exempt, 123
non-exempt, and 150 students. UT Libraries is a member of the Association of
Research Libraries, SOLINET, and the Center for Research Libraries. The UT
Libraries offers a Web-based information system and access to a variety of
electronic information sources.
Additional information about this position and the UT community is available
Salary and Benefits:
Appointment at rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, dependent upon
qualifications. Minimum salary is $42,000. Faculty rank and status;
twelve-month, tenure-track appointment. Library faculty must meet University
requirements for promotion and tenure. Excellent benefits include 24 annual
leave days; choice of state retirement plan or TIAA/CREF with nonrefundable
contributions paid for the employee by the University; optional group health
and life insurance plans. Tuition remission is available for all university
employees; partial undergraduate tuition remission is available to dependent
children and spouses of UT employees.
Review of applications will begin October 1, 2005 and will continue until the
position is filled. Send cover letter addressing the above qualifications, a
current resume, and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone
numbers of three recent references to: Gail Conner, Manager, Library
Personnel & Procurement, 1015 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37996-1000.
Application materials may be sent via email attachment to [log in to unmask]
The University of Tennessee does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex,
color, religion, national origin, age, disability or veteran status in
provision of educational programs and services or employment opportunities and
benefits. This policy extends to both employment by and admission to the
The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability
in the education programs and activities pursuant to the requirements of Title
VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of
1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.
Inquiries and charges of violation concerning Title VI, Title IX, Section 504,
ADA or the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) or any of the other
above referenced policies should be directed to the Office of Equity and
Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone
(865) 974-2498 (V/TTY available) or 974-2440. Requests for accommodation of a
disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Human
Resources Management, 600 Henley Street, Knoxville, TN 37996-4125.