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Authorities and Bibliographic Metadata Librarian
The George A. Smathers Libraries seek an experienced Authorities and Bibliographic Metadata Librarian, skilled in bibliographic metadata management for a tenure-track, 12-month faculty librarian position.  This position will be responsible for bringing focus and care to our authority and broader bibliographic metadata efforts, ensuring diversity and inclusion are guiding factors in our metadata practices. This position will have two primary responsibilities: provide leadership for developing and applying best practices and international standards for the management of authorities’ metadata across the Libraries’ resource discovery platforms; and to identify, prioritize, and strategically implement data remediation projects for catalog records and other metadata managed by the Resource Description Services (RDS) department.  This position will collaborate across the RDS department on efforts related to the creation, remediation, and enhancement, of bibliographic and authority data. The incumbent will engage with others in the Technical Services Division for the development, implementation, and assessment of authority metadata infrastructure, policies, and procedures.
More about the position:
The University of Florida’s George A. Smathers Libraries participates in all four Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) programs, contributing bibliographic and authority records under BIBCO, CONSER, NACO, and SACO. The Authorities and Bibliographic Metadata Librarian will serve as the Libraries’ PCC liaison and also acts as the NACO Florida Funnel coordinator, which currently works with eleven libraries in Florida, Alabama, and South Carolina to coordinate their NACO activities. PCC activities include providing coordination, training, and review for the bibliographic, subject, name, and series authority work of other catalogers. This position will focus on unifying the use of authority terms and names locally and shaping the process of contributing more names and terms to known authority files. The incumbent will also lead departmental efforts supporting large scale data remediation for bibliographic metadata utilized in the Libraries’ Alma ILS, OCLC (Online Computer Library Center), and for the department’s work supporting the metadata found in the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC). In collaboration with the Metadata Librarian and RDS unit heads, this position will develop solutions for large- and small-scale remediation projects. This position will perform analysis of OCLC and Alma data for quality control and identify issues with the accuracy and usefulness of Alma data, especially those affecting discoverability in Primo VE. The incumbent will recommend and consult on the remediation of Alma data cleanup projects.
As a member of the RDS department and faculty member in the Technical Services Support (TSS) tenure home, the incumbent will have support to actively participate in local, state, national, and international activities relating to the access, retrieval, description, and management of library resources; further, the Authorities and Bibliographic Metadata Librarian will apply this work to UF's research and development efforts. The position will contribute to departmental policy and procedure decisions, develop and assess workflows, and perform shared authorities cataloging using Resource Description and Access (RDA) guidelines to PCC standards. Collaborating closely with the Metadata Librarian, the incumbent will provide leadership in developing creative, linked data-friendly practices for the management of named entities in the libraries’ metadata. Example applications include integration of Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs with existing metadata) and linking authority and contextual resources to the library catalog and archival finding aids. As an active participant in developing linked data-friendly systems and processes, this expert will also seek innovative solutions for working with identifiers and entity management in library and other data stores, such as Wikidata, International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI), and Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID).
The library encourages broad participation in reaching decisions; consequently the Resource Description Librarian will contribute to discussions, provide input, and serve on various committees and teams.
The Resource Description Librarian will pursue professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional service activities to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion.
The Smathers Libraries is committed to creating a thoughtful, equitable, and inclusive culture that provides space for innovation and creativity. We support that commitment by offering a fulfilling work experience that allows for collaboration, growth, and development as well as shared perspectives.
To support all colleagues, students, faculty, and staff and foster excellence in a diverse and collaborative society, the libraries are actively seeking candidates who bring culturally rich lived experiences to work with individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and perspectives.
  • Serve as primary liaison for PCC-related activities (NACO, CONSER, SACO, and BIBCO) for the Libraries.
  • Provides local training and oversight for staff in the Libraries in creating, modifying, and applying authority records for personal names, corporate names, series, bibliographic, and subject headings adhering to current PCC and local practices, and for personnel in other libraries through the NACO Florida Funnel Project.
  • Leads name authority and identity disambiguation work in the Libraries.
  • Provides leadership in the statewide effort to implement authorities-related aspects of the Integrated Library System (ILS).
  • Performs shared authority and bibliographic cataloging using Resource Description and Access (RDA) guidelines to PCC standards.
  • Coordinates the libraries efforts, with the Principal Cataloger and Metadata Librarian on Wikidata activities and projects. Coordinates bibliographic analysis activities by leading data remediation efforts for the libraries’ catalog records and metadata.
  • Collaborates with the Metadata Librarian on issues affecting the metadata in UFDC records.
  • Participates in the management of the RDS department as a member of the department’s management group
  • Actively pursues professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional service activities to meet library-wide criteria for promotion.
Application Process
To apply, submit
  • a cover letter detailing your interest in, and qualifications for this position
  • your current resume or CV
  • a list of three professional references including their contact information (telephone number and email address)
Apply by 11:55 pm (EST) on May 17, 2023. Applications will be reviewed as received. Submit all application materials through the Jobs at UF online application system at Requisition 526627. Failure to submit the required documents may result in the application not being considered. If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please contact Joseph Piazza, George A. Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at jpiazza@ufl.edu.
Position: Authorities and Bibliographic Metadata Librarian
Organization: University of Florida, George A Smathers Libraries
Location: Gainesville,  FL 
United States
Salary: $67,820
Posting Start Date: 4/21/2023
Date Posted: 4/21/2023
Requirements Research indicates that applicants from underrepresented groups are hesitant to apply for positions if they do not meet all the required and preferred qualifications.[1] We want to emphasize that the preferred qualifications are not required and that we are committed to helping our future colleague develop the preferred skills. Additionally, applicants are encouraged to communicate how their work and other experiences satisfy the required qualifications in ways that may not be obvious.
  • Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited (or foreign equivalent) program, or other relevant advanced degree in subject specialty
  • Appointment at the Associate University Librarian rank requires eight years of relevant experience
  • Appointment at the University Librarian rank requires 12 or more years of relevant experience, with at least four years of experience at an advanced level
  • Direct experience creating, modifying, and applying authority records for personal names, corporate names, series, bibliographic, and subject headings adhering to current PCC standards
  • Demonstrated expertise managing data within Alma and/or Alma Analytics or other ILS environments
  • Experience designing and implementing data remediation projects for metadata records in a variety of formats
  • Record of including individuals of various backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives in research, teaching, service, and other work
  • Strong potential to meet the requirements for tenure and promotion outlined in the departmental by-laws and guidelines
  • Experience training others on shared authority and bibliographic cataloging using Resource Description and Access (RDA) guidelines to PCC standards
  • Experience leading consortial or large-scale data remediation projects
  • Demonstrated expertise with Alma and/or Alma Analytics
  • Evidence of excellent interpersonal skills including oral and written communication
  • Record of contributing to academic research and trends in the areas of library technical services
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a wide range of project partners
  • Initiative, flexibility, and the ability to adapt and work creatively in a complex academic environment
  • Experience managing staff and student workers
  • Experience in the Wikidata environment
[1] Schmaling, K. B., Blume, A. W., & Baker, D. L. (2017). Characteristics of Faculty Position Advertisements Associated with Applicant Diversity. Journal of Higher Education Theory & Practice, 17(8), 10–17.  Collier, D., & Zhang, C. (2016). Can We Reduce Bias in the Recruiting Process and Diversify Pools of Candidates by Using Different Types of Words in Job Descriptions? Mohr, T. S. (2014). Why Women Don’t Apply for Jobs Unless They’re 100% Qualified. Harvard Business Review, 25.
Status: This listing expires on: 6/20/2023
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University of Florida, George A Smathers Libraries
1545 W University Avenue

Gainesville,  FL 32611
United States
(352) 273-2601
Joseph Piazza