Dear PCC colleagues,
I'm delighted to announce an important recruitment that is just getting underway within Harvard Library.

All best,

Michelle M. Durocher
Head, Metadata Management for the Harvard Library
Interim Head, Metadata Creation
Information & Technical Services
Harvard University

625 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA  02139  USA
voice 617-384-7176
fax 617-496-8155

The Harvard Library is currently seeking candidates for the position of Head of Metadata Creation. The position description is below.

Business Title:

Head of Metadata Creation


Harvard Library


Harvard Library - Information and Technical Services

Salary Grade:




Full Time or Part Time:


Hours per Week:



Harvard Library seeks a creative and visionary Head of Metadata Creation to provide leadership and priority-setting for strategic metadata initiatives as well as the operational needs of expert metadata practitioners.  A member of the Information & Technical Services (ITS) senior leadership team, the incumbent is a key contributor to planning, strategy, policies and operation of Harvard Library's shared technical services department.  The Head of Metadata Creation oversees approximately forty professional and paraprofessional metadata practitioners, providing services to varied and distributed campus libraries.

With demonstrated success in leading change, both internal to an organization and externally through participation in the profession, the incumbent collaborates with others at Harvard, with peers and with industry partners to reimagine metadata infrastructure needs and guide efforts to achieve that vision.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Strategic Planning and Leadership

  *   Provides leadership and administrative oversight for forty professional and paraprofessional staff across multiple campus sites in an environment that strives for continuous improvement and encourages a flexible workforce to innovate, test, and assess ideas inside and outside of their standard roles
  *   Sets the strategic direction for resource description, applying knowledge of current issues and trends in descriptive practices and user behaviors, encouraging active staff participation across Harvard and with external partners
  *   Models the unit's "can-do" approach to work and foster an environment that promotes accountability, high performance, staff engagement and diversity through a sense of purpose and spirit of cooperation; set standards of excellence that inspire and motivate

Technology Management
Maintains knowledge of trends and best practices in metadata standards and brings an affinity for the application of technology to support processing workflows and/or enhance discovery for library user communities.

Operations and Service Delivery

  *   Takes a leading role in guiding the transitions of staff to using their traditional skills in renewed ways and to position Harvard Library to contribute to this changing professional landscape
  *   Builds and develops critical metadata capabilities throughout the organization through strategic hiring and staff development
  *   Leads, reviews, and communicates with stakeholders the analysis and revision of workflow strategies that support effective discovery of the Library's collections with an eye to steward available resources

  *   Ensures that agreed standards and performance expectations of technical services are achieved

Collaboration and Outreach Management

  *   Builds and promotes library-wide collaborations that communicate and inform technical services through active engagement with colleagues across the Harvard Library system,  including faculty
  *   Represents the Harvard Library in regional, national, and international associations
  *   Recommends policy, service, financial and contractual commitments for Harvard Library to participate in national and international programs; monitors current participation
  *   In collaboration with peer institutions, encourages the development of new services required for the efficient, cost-effective operation of a 21st-century metadata creation operation in a large research library

Basic Qualifications:

*         MLS or equivalent education or related work experience

*         Four to six years of supervisory experience and prior program management for staff required; within a combined union and non-union staffing environment strongly desirable

*         Demonstrated solid foundation in past, current and future directions for metadata standards and practices, including understanding linked data principles and participating in their development for libraries

*         Demonstrated ability to establish priorities, set performance expectations, achieve goals, and direct work in a high-production setting

*         Proven ability to work effectively in team environment, including remaining calm under pressure

*         Ability to use technology in creative ways to solve problems or facilitate

*         Record of developing and implementing new ideas in a complex, knowledge-creating organization

Additional Qualifications:

  *   Capacity to thrive in the exciting, ambiguous, future-oriented environment of a world-class research institution and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities
  *   Excellent written and verbal communication skills and management, interpersonal and organizational experience and skills essential
  *   Experience conceptualizing ideas through to successful grant proposals

To learn more or apply for this role, please visit:

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Thank you!

Lori Cawthorne
Senior Human Resources Consultant
H A R V A R D   L I B R A R Y
124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 445 South, Cambridge, MA 02138
Office: 617-496-1922 Facsimile: 617-496-0224

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