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Metadata Librarian for scientific/technical library and museum digital projects U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology Job Announcement Number:ADMR-2012-0007


SALARY RANGE: $42,209.00 to $73,917.00 / Per Year OPEN PERIOD: Tuesday, October 02, 2012 to Monday, October 15, 2012 SERIES & GRADE: ZA-1410-02 POSITION INFORMATION: Competive Career or Career Conditional - Permanent Full Time PROMOTION POTENTIAL:3 DUTY LOCATIONS:  1 vacancy in the following location:

Gaithersburg, MD, USView Map

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: All qualified U.S. Citizens



Founded in 1901, NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within Commerce. NIST's mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.


Serve as Metadata Librarian for scientific/technical library and museum digital projects. Create, review, and modify metadata for effective discovery and access to NIST technical report and image collections.



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Serve as Metadata Librarian for scientific/technical library and museum digital projects. Create, review, and modify metadata for effective discovery and access to NIST technical report and image collections. Coordinate and execute work flows for metadata processing and digital object preparation. Deposit metadata in national and local repositories. Work in partnership with Digital Services and Metadata Librarians on planning, implementation, and assessment of digital services initiatives. Collaborate with Research Librarians and perform information research using scientific/technical databases and other resources to create and describe new collections of NIST digital content. Serve as Lab Liaison to provide consultation and conduct outreach activities on metadata, taxonomy development, and authority control tools and techniques to improve discovery, access, and impact of NIST research. Monitor and report on changing technologies and current best practices in digital preservation. Perform some original cataloging as needed.





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BASIC REQUIREMENTS: In order to qualify for this position, you must meet the basic requirements of either option A or B shown below and meet the selective factor. Your application package must include transcripts to substantiate your claim. A. Completion of one full academic year of graduate study in library science from an accredited college or university in addition to completion of all work required for a bachelor's degree. OR B. A total of at least 5 years of a combination of college-level education, training and experience in creating metadata for digital objects in a digital repository system. To qualify on this basis you must conclusively establish that your education, training and experience provided a knowledge and understanding of the theories, principles and techniques of professional librarianship, knowledge of literature resources and the knowledge and abilities essential for providing effective library and information services. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT: The applicant must also meet the following selective factor:


Experience implementing digital library/museum services or projects.


Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcement are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.


This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy of your transcripts to document that you have met the education requirement. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required prior to a final offer of employment.


Special Instructions for Foreign Education: 

Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/workrecog.doc. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.


Requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.




We will review your resume and cover letter to determine if you meet the minimum qualification requirements for the position. If you meet the qualification requirements stated in the vacancy announcement, we will then compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses to the job questionnaire (which will be scored) and place you in one of the three pre-defined categories. Your responses to the job questionnaire will serve as the basis for your initial rating in one of three pre-defined categories "gold," "silver," and "bronze." Within each category, those eligible through veterans preference will be listed at the top of the category. More information about the three categories can be found at: http://www.nist.gov/hrmd/staffing/categoryrating.cfm.

The candidates in the highest category will be certified for referral to the selecting official. If you are applying as a MERIT candidate, we will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, operational cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire. However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the self-assessment questions, or your score may be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited to an interview. ICTAP and CTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. The job questionnaire covers the following knowledge, skills and abilities/competencies:


•Skills in applying metadata schema (Dublin Core, MODS, METS, EAD) to organize and describe digital content.

•Skills in using tools for ingesting/depositing  metadata and digital objects (XML, XSLT, NLM-DTD) •Knowledge of library and museum repository and collection management systems (CONTENTdm, SirsiDynix  Symphony) •Ability to plan, execute, and evaluate workflows for metadata processing and digital object preparation.

•Ability to conduct information research by applying knowledge of sci/tech information resources/databases (such as Web of Science, IEEE Xplore, PubMed, NTRL) •Ability to plan, conduct, and assess outreach activities •Knowledge of authority control techniques and standards (DOIs, ResearcherID, ORCID) 


"Your responses to the job questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your responses. Deliberate attempts to falsify information will be grounds for disqualifying you or for dismissing you from employment following acceptance.  Please review your responses before submitting your application to ensure the responses are accurate."


NOTE:  Your resume must be complete, detailed and relevant to the position. 






Andrea Medina-Smith

Metadata Librarian

NIST Gaithersburg

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