Head of Technical Services and Metadata Librarian
Teachers College, Columbia University
Job posted to this site on November 6th at 3:38pm
Application Deadline: December 1st 2023
The Gottesman Libraries aspire to excellence in advancing and sharing transformative knowledge to develop informed and engaged thinkers and leaders in the educational, psychological, and health professions. We envision the library, beyond walls, as a heart and soul for the exchange of thoughts and ideas that inform a smarter, healthier, and more equitable world enlightened by history, leadership, and innovation.
Job Summary/Basic Function:
The Head of Technical Services and Metadata Librarian leads our technical services team, whose work includes acquisitions, interlibrary loans, and course reserves while managing and providing strategic direction for electronic resources, cataloging, and metadata practices for the library's physical and digital collections. She/he/they will work collaboratively with staff in and outside the Library to optimize access to and discovery of scholarly content, purchased, licensed, and open, to meet the needs of Teachers College, and Columbia University members, and also advise on long term strategies for metadata schema with relevance to the preservation of scholarship.
Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:
- Leads the Technical Services unit to meet the demands of a graduate research library, with responsibility for best practices in acquisitions; cataloging and metadata production; digital collections, including e-resource management and licensing; and access to course readings and loaned materials, with review of copyright permissions
- Provides expertise to migrate, maintain, and develop the integrated library system; resolves metadata and cataloging issues to enable authority control and optimal discovery by researchers; guides and facilitates original cataloging and long-term considerations of care to ensure the integrity of digital collections
- Train, supervise, and mentor Technical Services staff to maintain effective workflows. Supervision includes the recommendation of unit staffing and annual performance reviews, as well as coordination with additional library staff and campus colleagues to address ongoing needs and projects; includes oversight of technical work in Special and Digital Collections, as well as Systems
- Manages library collection and financial data from the ILS and collaborates with the Library Director and others on reporting, writing, and planning to demonstrate both high professional standards and needs.
- Fosters and maintains effective working relationships with members of Teachers College, as well as library vendors for ongoing maintenance, development, and support in areas that drive technical services, ultimately strengthening research resources for use by library patrons
- Remains current with technical services, metadata and cataloging standards, and digital library development, and engages in relevant professional development activities to ensure growth
- Performs related duties as assigned
- Graduate degree from an ALA-accredited program
- Minimum of 3-5 years of technical services or related experience
- Proficiency in Integrated Library Systems
- Knowledge of MARC21, RDA, LCC, LCSH, and DublinCore
- Experience with the Ex Libris’ suite: Alma, Primo, Leganto, and Alma Digital
- Experience with metadata management tools and batch processing techniques
- Supervisory experience and/or ability to be an effective team leader who fosters an equitable, efficient, and collegial workplace
- Familiarity with issues in electronic resource management
- Experience in academic libraries and understanding of issues in higher education
- Knowledge of emerging linked data standards
- Ability and diplomacy to drive the exploration and adoption of innovative tools and
methods that streamline processes
- Ability to adapt quickly to new standards and technologies and a willingness to explore and implement new technologies, standards, and practices to strengthen services
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Commitment to professional development
- Flexibility, self-motivation, and a strong interest in collaboration
$92,000 - $109,000
Competitive Compensation and Benefits
The salary range reflects the College’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the compensation for the position at the time of the job posting. Salary decisions are dependent on several factors including but not limited to market and organizational considerations, experience, and qualifications of a selected candidate as well as internal and external equity.
Our benefits contribute significantly to the total compensation package that includes medical, dental, vision, and supplemental insurance plans; flexible and hybrid work schedules; tuition remission; life insurance; short and long-term disability insurance; an exceptional employer retirement matching program; health savings accounts (HSA), flexible spending accounts (FSA), Public Service Loan Forgiveness eligibility, and a robust Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
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Teachers College maintains a hybrid work environment, which provides employees with flexible work arrangements, while ensuring we preserve the important aspects of our unique in-person college-campus culture. Depending on role and business needs, colleagues will either work onsite or in a hybrid model (combination of in-office and virtual days). Employees are expected to live within a 150-mile radius of the College.
We will consider qualified candidates that reside beyond this radius based on the responsibilities and duties expected of the position. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Teachers College is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic community and to providing equal opportunity in employment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration regardless of race, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity or gender expression), religion, creed, national origin, age, citizenship, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other legally protected status.
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