Wednesday, October 19, 2016

La Jolla - UC San Diego - Research Data Curation Metadata Librarian - Full Time

Open September 20th, 2016 - October 30th, 2016
If you apply to this recruitment by October 30th, 2016, you will have until

Final Deadline:
November 13th, 2016 to complete your application.


Research Data Curation Metadata Librarian

  • Reporting primarily to the Director of the Research Data Curation Program, the Research Data Curation Metadata Librarian works collaboratively with the Digital Object Metadata Management unit of the Metadata Services Program to provide metadata support and advice to researchers and other data owners in preparing and submitting their data collections for ingest into the Library’s digital repository. 
  • The University and the Library
  • The UC San Diego Library is committed to supporting academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body.
  • With 34,000 students, UC San Diego is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through excellence in education and research at the undergraduate, graduate, professional school and postdoctoral levels. For more than a decade, UC San Diego has been recognized as one of the top 10 public universities in the nation by US News & World Report and for the third year in a row as the 14th best university in the world by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. In 2015, for the sixth consecutive year, UC San Diego was ranked 1st in the nation by the Washington Monthly’s College Guide based on the positive impact the university has had on the country in terms of enabling social mobility, research productivity and civic engagement.

Program Descriptions

  • The Research Data Curation Program (RDCP) provides a suite of services for the campus research community. This includes helping to create data management plans, consultations and customized workshops on metadata and data management best practices, assistance creating identifiers for data and people, ingest of research data into the Library’s Digital Collections website for sharing and discovery, preservation of data via Chronopolis and customized workshops and training on a variety of data-related applications.
  • The Metadata Services Program (MS) connects our UCSD community to intellectual and creative content and materials by analyzing, describing and organizing resources using methods and systems that promote discovery. MS provides, augments and normalizes metadata for digitized and born‐digital objects and for tangible resources— particularly collections of distinction for which UC San Diego is known. MS delivers and manages bibliographic access to licensed and open access electronic resources in all formats. The program includes approximately 37 FTE staff.
  • Within MS, the Digital Object Metadata Management Unit (DOMM) establishes and manages metadata standards and policies for metadata creation and encoding practices. The unit advises on metadata creation and provides metadata augmentation, manipulation, normalization, and mapping for digitized and born-digital objects. Staff provides consulting services on tools, standards, controlled vocabularies, and workflows for metadata creation. The unit is actively engaged with the Hydra community, and works closely with Information Technology Services on the development of our Digital Asset Management System (DAMS) and Digital Collections (DC) site.

This position will report 80% to the Research Data Curation Program and 20% to the Digital Object Metadata Management Unit. Together they will determine work goals and priorities for the position, and share in evaluation processes.

Responsibilities of the Position

  • The successful candidate for Research Data Curation Metadata Librarian will be a part of the Research Data Curation Program, working integratively with the Digital Object Metadata Management unit within Metadata Services. They will provide consultation services to researchers and other data owners, assisting in analysis of their materials, modeling their collections, advising on techniques for metadata collection and enhancement, and ingesting collections into the Library’s digital repository. They will become deeply embedded in assessing specific researcher needs in the areas of data curation best practices, metadata for research datasets, and data ingest processes. The person will be a central link between the Research Data Curation Program and the Metadata Services Program, relaying discipline-specific metadata needs and advocating for processes and tools to support data curation work.
  • The successful candidate will also play a large role in developing and conducting training on metadata and data management best practices. The Library is currently focused on developing an instructional program utilizing Software Carpentry, Data Carpentry, and Library Carpentry workshops. The candidate will be expected to take part in this ongoing work, including participating in Software Carpentry teacher training and certification, and continued development of lesson plans. More generally, the candidate will actively participate in RDCP and MS outreach efforts on campus.
  • In addition, metadata for digital materials is actively shared between the Library’s systems and a number of other systems and services, including the University of California’s Calisphere portal, the Digital Public Library of America and the Center for Open Science’s SHARE service. Sharing metadata is expected to increase as time goes on, and the successful candidate will be expected to participate in community discussions and take a leadership role where possible.


  • Consults with data and content owners on research and metadata strategies, including introducing them to best practices, selection of appropriate metadata standards and schemas, and advising on tools and workflows for metadata creation and cleanup.
  • Analyzes metadata from data and content owners for quality and completeness, making recommendations of changes for consistency and to assure coherent aggregation with other metadata in the DAMS.
  • Ingests objects and collections into the DAMS, and provides quality control review of digital objects and metadata following ingest.
  • Contributes to planning of long term metadata strategy for UCSD Library and the DAMS.
  • Assists with specifications for DAMS development as needed.
  • Contributes to the development and revisions of policies, schemas, and guidelines to support the DAMS.
  • Advises on standards, vocabulary control, taxonomy support, database management, and metadata input and edit tools in the DAMS.
  • Works with RDCP staff to help plan training sessions, create lesson plans, and participate in sprints to develop and share lessons, exercises and slide decks for Software, Data, and Library Carpentry workshops
  • Provide metadata support for local classes on data management, data best practices, and data analysis tools for UCSD researchers.
  • Assists with the training of Metadata Services and other library staff on metadata tools, standards, and workflows.
  • Assists with the implementation of open linked data in library systems.
  • Documents projects, standards, and decisions on group and project websites and wikis; provides online resources to assist data and content owners in understanding metadata and its importance.

Required Qualifications

  • Professional degree from a library school, or other appropriate degree or equivalent experience in one or more fields related to library services.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the issues and trends in the field of research data curation.
  • Experience with metadata analysis and support. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the issues and trends in metadata standards and their application for organizing and managing digital library resources. 
  • Experience using XML or RDF for encoding metadata. 
  • Experience working with at least two metadata standards commonly used for digital materials such as MODS, METS, Dublin Core, PREMIS, MIX or others.
  • Working knowledge of cataloging principles and content standards, controlled vocabularies, authority control and ontologies.
  • Experience working with a digital access management system or digital repository.
  • Excellent problem solving skills. 
  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education.
  • Good organizational skills and an aptitude for complex analytical and detailed work; initiative and follow-through in equal measure. 
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills; ability to present and share ideas clearly and effectively. 
  • Ability to participate in multiple concurrent projects in a given timeframe.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collegially in a complex, rapidly changing and culturally diverse environment.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with linked data, RDF and semantic web technologies. 
  • Experience with ontologies or taxonomies.
  • Experience working in a research environment, or participating in research processes.
  • Experience with Hydra or Fedora.

Salary: Salary and level of appointment in the Librarian series commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on the University of California pay scales.

Closing Date: Application consideration begins October 31, 2016.


  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Contributions to diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.
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