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Faculty Research Assistant: Digital Repository Metadata Specialist
Full Posting and Application Portal: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/149166

Closing Date: 02/05/2024

Libraries invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Faculty Research Assistant position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Department Head.

OSU Libraries (OSUL) is committed to expanding support for open scholarship, open data, open science, and open access. The Digital Repository Metadata Specialist contributes to this commitment by using metadata knowledge and expertise to improve the discoverability of open access content in Oregon Digital, OSU Libraries digital asset management system. Oregon Digital, jointly managed and developed with University of Oregon Libraries, contains unique and historical collections that are used for teaching, learning and research.
The Digital Repository Metadata Specialist, a Faculty Research Assistant, reports to the head of the Library Information Technology department. As a member of the Oregon Digital team, they apply metadata standards to describe born-digital and digitized items to be ingested into the repository. They ensure that the metadata is harvested by external systems such as the Digital Public Library of America to expand the points of access for digital collections. As a member of the LIT department, they offer consultations on metadata creation for OSU researchers at several levels – undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and staff. They may also support metadata work for the institutional repository (ScholarsArchive@OSU) or other digital repository services used by the library. This position contributes to departmental research and assessment activities. They collaborate with library colleagues across departments, communicate with campus partners and research groups, and participate in professional organizations and societies.
Primary Assignment (90%)
Oregon State University Libraries (OSUL) faculty work strategically to support research and creativity, enhance learning, and build community for the students, faculty, and staff of Oregon State and for the citizens of Oregon. Their work has a demonstrable impact on the three main pillars of OSU’s mission: teaching and learning, research and inquiry, and outreach and engagement. OSUL faculty apply specialized expertise from library and information science, archival studies, and related fields to ensure that the Oregon State community has rich, organized, affordable, accessible, and inclusive information resources to help the OSU community learn new things, solve difficult problems, investigate important questions, and create knowledge. They also work to create or support the administrative and physical infrastructure that enables delivery of high-quality services. OSUL faculty support the educational mission of the university, both directly and indirectly, by building the dynamic, engaging collections, services, and spaces that foster independent inquiry and learning. They develop and nurture relationships with colleagues, inside the library and out, to support and enrich their work and they participate in the shared governance of OSUL and OSU. They strive to understand the diverse communities they serve, and work to make OSUL an inclusive, just organization. To support all of this, OSUL faculty engage in regular, critical reflection on practice to understand the impact of their work and to dismantle harmful assumptions. Performance in the primary assignment is evaluated annually in a structured, reflective conversation between the faculty member and their direct supervisor.
The specific duties and expectations for the Digital Repository Metadata Specialist include:
  • Work with the Oregon Digital team and other stakeholders to refine and apply metadata standards for digital objects in Oregon Digital
  • Make recommendations for improvements to metadata infrastructure, technical workflows, and site functionality
  • Augment metadata records for quality control and reparative purposes
  • Analyze the subjects of images, photographs, text documents, and other digital objects
  • Identify correct forms of names, places, and subjects and normalize entries
  • Evaluate and create name authority records in controlled vocabulary services
  • Prepare and process descriptive metadata for collection ingestions
  • Evaluate content proposed for deposit eligibility and route ineligible content to other repositories or individuals as appropriate
  • Guide OSU researchers to apply metadata standards through consultations or workshops
  • Participate in programming sprints for Oregon Digital by identifying issues, writing and prioritizing tickets, providing quality assurance, and improving usability and accessibility
  • Create, communicate, and implement documentation and policies
Professional development and service (10%)
OSUL faculty serve as engaged participants in the shared work of the library and in the shared governance of Oregon State University. As faculty members at a land grant university, they engage in service to shape and strengthen the library and archival professions in Oregon and beyond, and to benefit the citizens of Oregon. Service commitments are usually closely aligned with daily practice in the primary assignment and should allow the faculty member to: 1) share the expertise developed through their practice with colleagues in the library, on campus, and throughout their professional communities; and 2) engage in conversations and contribute to projects that will inform and enrich their practice. OSUL faculty may, from time to time, undertake service that does not directly align with their primary assignment but that does tap an area of interest or expertise or willingness that they possess. These commitments, however, should not dominate their service portfolio. OSUL faculty should be able to demonstrate the impact of their work on both personal and institutional levels. The specific duties and expectations for the Digital Repository Metadata Specialist include:
  • Serve on library and campus committees
  • Serve on the Metadata group for Oregon Digital
  • Participate in professional development opportunities related to repositories, diversity, equity and inclusion, or other topics of interest
Position: Faculty Research Assistant: Digital Repository Metadata Specialist
Organization: Oregon State University Libraries and Press
Location: Corvallis,  OR 
United States
Salary: $62,400 – $67,200
Posting Start Date: 1/22/2024
Date Posted: 1/25/2024
Requirements Required
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field
  • Minimum of three years of library, archives, special collections, museum, or data repository experience
  • Demonstrated experience with applying defined metadata standards to digital objects
  • Advanced proficiency in creating, editing, and troubleshooting metadata records in digital repository systems
  • Experience locating and applying appropriate name and subject authorities
  • Ability to work in a flexible and changing environment, including adapting to changes in priorities, responsibilities, and duties
  • Demonstrated ability to clearly articulate ideas through written and oral communication
  • Commitment to incorporating diversity and inclusion perspectives in daily work
Additional Preferred
  • ALA accredited MLIS/MLS or equivalent
  • Professional experience in academic or research libraries
  • Experience with linked open data
  • Familiarity with an open-source digital asset management system, especially Hyrax
  • Aptitude for learning new technologies and skills
  • Interest in contributing to the scholarly and/or professional conversation
  • Experience creating instructional materials, conducting training, and/or teaching
  • A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity
Status: This listing expires on: 5/24/2024
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Organization Information
Oregon State University Libraries and Press
Oregon State University Libraries and Press
121 The Valley Library
Corvallis,  OR 97331-8552
United States
(541) 737-7269
Jane Nichols, Search Chair