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Metadata and Resource Discovery Librarian - University Libraries

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Work type: FAC - Tenure Track Faculty
Location: Allendale
Categories: Library


Grand Valley State University (GVSU) Libraries is seeking applications for a Metadata and Resource Discovery Librarian to provide strategic direction and innovative leadership on metadata practices for digital and physical assets. The Metadata and Resource Discovery Librarian is a key member of the Knowledge Access and Resource Management Services team, which includes acquisitions, cataloging, government documents, and electronic resource management. This position will give the selected candidate the opportunity to:

CREATE-- Metadata and Resource Discovery Librarian will be responsible for the creation of original catalog records for our unique materials regardless of format or language. The position will also assist in the creation of metadata policies and procedures used within the libraries. There will also be opportunities to create documentation to assist researchers on how to organize and describe their data as well as make it discoverable to other researchers. 

LEAD--The Metadata and Resource Discovery Librarian will track developments in metadata schemas and will lead the ongoing development of metadata standards and best practices within the Libraries. The incumbent will also provide leadership as we grow our services for the larger GVSU community in the area of metadata support for faculty, staff, and student researchers. Additionally, as a faculty position there will be opportunities to provide leadership on Library and University committees.  

COLLABORATE--The Metadata and Resource Discovery Librarian will work closely with the Systems and Technology Team, the Collections & Scholarly Communications Team, and the Special Collections and University Archives to ensure our collections are accessible. This position will provide opportunities to work with faculty, staff, and students across the GVSU Libraries and the University. Current partnerships include the Women’s Center, the LGBT Resource Center, the Office of Student Life, and the Faculty Teaching and Learning Center. We invite applicants who have innovative and creative approaches to their work and who bring a user focus to all aspects of their work.

GROW— GVSU librarians are full members of the university faculty as such they must possess the potential to fulfill the University Libraries’ requirements for promotion and tenure by engaging in scholarship and professional development and contributing service to the institution, including faculty governance. In support of this requirement, GVSU and the GVSU Libraries have a culture that encourages professional growth and development. Funding for conference travel and the dissemination of scholarly output is provided by both the Libraries and the University via internal grants. For more information on how GVSU supports travel and scholarship, please see the Pew Faculty Teaching and learning Center grants page at and the Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence dissemination travel grant page at

Discover more about the benefits GVSU offers by visiting, the GVSU Wellness website (, or the GVSU HR site (

Questions? Feel free to contact Patrick Roth, search committee chair via email  or telephone 616-331-2615.

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • Master's Degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association
      (ALA) or from a program in a country with a formal accreditation process as identified    
      by ALA
  • Experience with metadata and cataloging management systems, such as OCLC    
      Connexion or OCLC Collection Manager
  • Demonstrated experience with MARC and Dublin Core
  • Knowledge of PREMIS and EAD
  • Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion as well as a focus on user needs and
  • Strong interpersonal skills, such as the ability to interact with others with respect
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas in a simplified way

Preferred Qualifications and Education:

  • Experience in an academic library or research environment
  • Knowledge of linked data, semantic web applications, ontologies, and RDF
  • Experience with migrating and remediating legacy metadata
  • Experience working with archival and/or born-digital collections
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas to a variety of audiences

Responsibilities – Essential Functions:

  • Create original catalog records
  • Create metadata policies and procedures
  • Create documentation to assist researchers on how to organize and describe their data
  • Track developments in metadata schemas and lead ongoing development of metadata standards and best practices within the Libraries

Salary:  Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Department/Division:  University Libraries

Campus: Allendale Campus

Application Deadline Date:  May 22, 2018

How To Apply: Apply online at and select "Apply now".  Please include a cover letter and resume.  The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically.  On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references. If you have questions or need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215

Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See [Include the following for job advertisements:] TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center 1-800-649-3777.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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