Head of Metadata Services


Purdue University Libraries seek an energetic and innovative librarian
to join the Libraries as Head of Metadata Services.


The Libraries and the University:  The Purdue University Libraries have
embarked upon a dynamic new role within the University, emphasizing a
closer integration of the Libraries into the academic mission of Purdue.
The Purdue University Libraries system, which consists of the Hicks
Undergraduate Library, Archives and Special Collections, and 11
disciplinary libraries, has holdings of over 2.5 million volumes and
provides extensive access to electronic resources.   Staff totals more
than 200, including 70 faculty and professionals.  An innovative
information literacy instruction program promotes collaboration with
teaching faculty, employing multiple approaches to integrate active
learning into the University curriculum and prepare students for
lifelong learning.  A dynamic research program is focused both within
the discipline of library science and interdisciplinarily.  The
Libraries homepage may be viewed at  Purdue
University is a national leader in the areas of business, engineering,
science, and technology.  Liberal Arts is now the largest college at the
University, followed closely by the College of Engineering. Purdue is
experiencing unprecedented growth in research funding and recently
completed a  $1.7 billion capital campaign.  Purdue has the second
largest public university international student enrollment in the
nation,  Lafayette/West Lafayette is a growing,
vibrant, historic community located about forty-five minutes from
Indianapolis and less than two hours from Chicago:


Duties & Responsibilities:  

The Head of Metadata Services reports to the Associate Dean for
Information Technology and Resource Services (ITRS) and has the
responsibility for developing a comprehensive metadata management
program for the Purdue University Libraries. Specifies, and coordinates
the application of, appropriate descriptive, administrative, and
technical metadata schemas for digitized and born-digital content
managed by the Libraries.  This position will develop strategies for
metadata interoperability. This includes strategies for integrating
heterogeneous metadata from highly distributed collections within local
services, as well as exposing locally-generated metadata to external
services.  The position will participate in national and international
discussions about the emerging and dynamic role of metadata in
delivering information resources to end users.  The position will
participate in interdisciplinary, sponsored research with Purdue
faculty, and will work closely with the Libraries' Research Unit to
develop new approaches to organizing and curating data.  The position
will also work closely with the Digital Collections Librarian and other
Libraries' faculty and staff to develop policies, best practices, and
workflows for creating and sustaining digital collections.  The
successful candidate will work with faculty and staff within ITRS and
Research to develop a systems architecture for managing heterogeneous
metadata, including MARC and non-MARC formats.  The position will work
with the Associate Dean for ITRS and the Head of ITRS Operations to
develop a production metadata services unit.


Requirements:  Master's degree in Library/Information Science (ALA
accredited or equivalent) and/or terminal degree in a relevant subject
area.  Experience working with metadata standards from the library and
digital library communities (e.g., MARC, EAD, METS, MODS).  Experience
selecting and applying knowledge organization systems (e.g. CV,
ontologies, folksonomies) to digital library projects.  Familiarity with
data interchange standards (e.g., OAI-PMH, SRW/U). Familiarity with
current issues and trends in library technology. Excellent communication
skills and the ability to interact effectively with faculty, staff and
students.  Ability to work independently and as a team member in a
dynamic environment and on a variety of simultaneous projects.


Desired:  Experience collaborating with faculty and staff external to
libraries on digital projects.  Demonstrated success with grant-writing.
5 years of academic library experience.  Experience in relational
database design. Experience with developing standards and
recommendations in data curation and related metadata management.
Project management experience.  Ability to work independently and as a
team member in a dynamic environment and on a variety of simultaneous
projects. Willingness to engage in interdisciplinary research


SALARY: Commensurate with experience and qualifications.


STATUS AND BENEFITS:  Faculty tenure-track.  Rank of Associate or Full
Professor depending upon qualifications.  Twelve-month appointment with
annual vacation of 22 working days; TIAA-CREF retirement.  Flexible
benefit programs.


APPLICATION PROCESS:  Applications will be reviewed beginning June 1,
2008, and will be accepted until a suitable candidate is chosen.  Send
letter stating interest and briefly discussing your ability to meet the
requirements of the position, resume, and list of three references to:
Thomas L. Haworth, Human Resources Administrator, Purdue University
Libraries, 504 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2058.  Phone:
765-494-2903  Email:  [log in to unmask]




Purdue University is an equal-access/equal-opportunity,
affirmative-action employer

fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce




Jake Carlson

Data Research Scientist

Purdue University Libraries

504 West State Street

West Lafayette, IN 47907-2058


Ph:(765) 494-6665

Fax: (765) 494-0156