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Visual Resources Metadata Librarian


Visual Resources Metadata Librarian (full-time)


Ithaca, NY USA

Application Date

January 01, 1970

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SALARY:   $68,000-$73,000

Cornell University Library seeks a Visual Resources Metadata Librarian as a member of the highly collaborative Metadata Design and Operations unit, which is based in Cataloging and Metadata Services. The Visual Resources Metadata Librarian’s focus is to facilitate the discovery and use of digital images for research and education, while ensuring that diversity and inclusion are guiding factors in our metadata practices. As a member of the cross-departmental Digital Consulting and Production Services (DCAPS) team, this position has consultation, project management, and metadata production oversight components. The Visual Resources Metadata Librarian will work simultaneously on various metadata projects, collaborating with staff throughout Library Technical Services (LTS), Information Technology, various special collections units, as well as other campus partners to enhance access to the library’s digital collections.

The Visual Resources Metadata Librarian will have support to actively participate in local, national and international discussions relating to description, management, and contextualization of visual resources; further, the Visual Resources Metadata Librarian will apply these discussions to CUL’s research and development efforts.

We welcome candidates from a variety of backgrounds. We want you to have at least some familiarity with visual resource metadata, and enthusiasm for building more experience on the job. If you enjoy collaborating with others to ensure metadata practices for multidisciplinary visual collections meet the needs of research, educational, and community needs, we would love to talk with you.

Required Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited MLIS or equivalent advanced degree and experience
  • Two to five years of relevant experience working with metadata in a library or similar setting
  • Understanding of the cultural heritage, educational, technical contexts in which images are used for research and learning
  • Knowledge of a variety non-MARC metadata standards and schema, understanding of the impact metadata has discovery and use, and an aptitude for learning new standards and technologies
  • Experience in creating, editing, and transforming metadata, implementing inclusive descriptive practices in workflows
  • Demonstrated skills with scripting languages and/or tools for data manipulation (e.g.OpenRefine, Python, XSLT, etc.)
  • Excellent communication, organizational, and project management skills, ability to work well in a team-based environment

This position is located in Ithaca, New York. The selected candidate will typically work on the Ithaca campus at least 1 day per week, with potential for entering into a flexible work arrangement to allow remote work up to 4 days per week.

Candidates must apply via the Cornell Careers page at: .  To view full details regarding this role, search for WDR-00046170The anticipated incoming rank is Assistant Librarian or Senior Assistant Librarian; candidates with two to five years of relevant professional experience are encouraged to apply.