Iowa State University Librarian III - 2262 in Ames, Iowa

Classification Information

University Title Librarian III - 2262

Pay Grade 37

Salary Commensurate with qualifications

Base of Employment P - P&S

Job Category Professional and Scientific

Pay Frequency Monthly

Posting Details

Posting Number 80227P

Working Title Head Metadata Services

Advertised Employing Department University Library

Appointment Type Professional & Scientific - Continuous

Proposed Start Date 9-1-18

Proposed End Date or Length of Term

Number of Months Employed Per Year 12

Full or Part Time Full-Time

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

The Iowa State University Library seeks a dynamic and forward-thinking leader to oversee the Metadata Services Department. This position will lead the Library’s efforts to identify and develop metadata services while also overseeing and improving existing practices, workflows, and functions. Success in this position will require someone who is comfortable with trial and error, curious, enjoys risk, encourages innovative thinking, quickly adopts and abandons new approaches, and embraces failure. The Head of Metadata Services will collaborate extensively with metadata stakeholders inside and outside the Library, bringing technical expertise, vision, and an ability to identify and implement innovative metadata solutions that enhance the access and discoverability of digital assets. This will require an understanding of current and emerging metadata standards, controlled vocabularies, models, applications, and initiatives. It will also require familiarity with information processing (programming) and emerging trends and best practices in automating manual tasks. Solid skills in personnel management and change management are essential, as is the ability to develop productive professional relationships.

A Librarian III will demonstrate continued effectiveness in job performance through evidence of substantial knowledge, understanding, and skills in performing the duties of their position; demonstrate effective leadership in institutional service; perform effective supervisory duties as assigned; and continue to build body of scholarship in area(s) of interest or exhibits leadership in external professional activities. A Librarian IV will demonstrate excellence in job performance through evidence of substantial knowledge, understanding, and skills in performing the duties of their position; demonstrate excellent leadership in institutional service; perform excellent supervisory duties as assigned; and establish a positive national and/or international reputation through scholarship or leadership in external professional activities.

Important attributes will include how to plan, organize, set and achieve goals. Having the ability to effectively communicate and collaborate will be essential to your success, and you’ll be working alongside us to achieve this goal. You’ll also need to embrace the Library’s core values, demonstrate collegiality, and have strong commitment to public service and the land grant mission.

ISU students, staff, and faculty strive to overcome historical and divisive biases in our society. Library staff must embrace an environment of inclusion that moves beyond simple tolerance to recognizing the richness in individual identities of people, and diverse perspectives.

About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Required Education and Experience

Master’s degree and 5 years of related experience.

Supplemental Required Education and Experience

Librarian III: Master’s degree and 5 years of related experience

Librarian IV: Master’s degree and 7 years of related experience

Master’s degree must be in Library and Information Sciences from an ALA-accredited program or international equivalent. Related experience must be in metadata, cataloging, or systems.

Preferred Education and Experience

Supervisory experience.

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with other library units.

Demonstrated effective and promising record of external professional practice service activities and/or research and scholarship.

Demonstrated project management skills and experience.

Experience applying metadata and cataloging standards to support scholarship, knowledge of resource discovery (i.e. linked data), and the ability to use scripting languages to transform and share data.

Experience in an academic or research library.

Location (if other than Ames)

Additional Information

Department Contact Name Hilary Deike

Department Contact Phone 515-294-0443

Department Contact Email

Department/Unit Website

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply for this Job” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae 2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter 3) Contact Information for Three ReferencesIf you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Special Instructions Summary

Guaranteed Consideration Date 06/17/2018

Pre-Employment Screening

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

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EO Statement

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email