Hey, kids, do you like METADATA? Come work with us!

21 Dec

Two more gigs here at the Cornell University Library!

Metadata Operations Librarian (WDR-00012909)
Link for external candidates
Working in close collaboration with Library Technical Services (LTS) colleagues, the Metadata Operations Librarian creates, maintains, enhances and enriches metadata in Cornell’s broader repository ecosystem that describes a rich array of assets and serves a diverse scholarly community with equally varied areas of research. The Metadata Operations Librarian provides expertise, guidance and leadership in cross-functional teams for the development, implementation and assessment of metadata infrastructure, policies and procedures. This position focuses on metadata maintenance activities, primarily the integration of metadata between systems and extending relationships between resources. The Metadata Operations Librarian holistically considers the movement of MARC and non-MARC metadata across Cornell’s collections with an eye towards scaling and automating these processes. This position defines and conducts efforts related to metadata design, mapping, maintenance, remediation and enhancement. 

Metadata Projects Librarian (WDR-00013334)
Link for external candidates
In collaboration with other key staff, the Metadata Projects Librarian provides strategic and technical guidance on metadata practice for Cornell University Library’s (CUL) digital, physical and virtual collections within the broader context of CUL’s digital and programmatic needs. This position provides expertise in the development, implementation and assessment of metadata policies, procedures and infrastructure to Cornell; meanwhile, the Librarian monitors external developments, standards development and changing needs in these areas. The Librarian provides consultation and advocacy to both CUL colleagues and the community more broadly; this effort demands a strong knowledge of well-established and evolving metadata standards as well as their practical implications.

Come work with us at the Cornell University Library!

31 Aug

(Repost) Social Science and Geospatial Data Librarian (Assistant Librarian)
Olin/Uris Research and Learning Services
(External Applicants Link)

Cornell University’s John M. Olin and Uris Libraries’ Research & Learning Services Department (RLS) seeks a creative, energetic, service-oriented librarian to provide research consultations and instruction in finding, accessing, and analyzing social science data in the fields of Economics, Sociology, Government, and City and Regional Planning. Reporting to the RLS Department Head, the successful candidate will partner with subject librarians in RLS and other libraries and units on campus (such as the Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research and the Roper Center), and collaborate closely with the RLS Digital Humanities Librarian to shape the Department’s quantitative data services and to strengthen data literacy outcomes.  Application Deadline:  Friday, September 29, 2017. 

Late Night Circulation Assistant (9 months)
(Public Service Asst. III, Band C), OKU Access Services
(External Applicants Link)

We are searching for an individual with the ability to exercise sound judgment and exceptional customer service under the general direction of both the Access Services Administrative Supervisor and multiple Evening & Weekend Building Supervisors.   As the first point of contact for library patrons, the Late Night Senior Circulation Assistant will primarily be responsible for answering a variety of circulation, information and basic reference-related questions at the Olin & Uris Circulations desks as well as at other libraries as needed.  May assist with the processing of course reserves, library-to-library and faculty office delivery and scanning of documents. Assists with Evening & Weekend supervisors in maintaining library security by making rounds to ensure proper study conditions, assists with the closing routines, and responding to emergencies.   This is a part-time, 24 hours per week, benefits-eligible, 9-month position.  Hours: Sunday from 6:30 pm to 2:30 am, Monday throughThursday 10:30 pm to 2:30 am.   Application Deadline:  Friday, September 22, 2017

Circulation/Collection Management Assistant (2 year term)
(Public Service Asst. III, Band C), Library Annex
(External Applicants Link)

Provide public service duties to support requests and physical inventory of library materials within the Library Annex collection.  Responsibilities include but are not limited to charging and discharging circulating materials; filling requests for collection materials and providing the appropriate document delivery (ship, fax, or digital); monitoring the use of Reading Room material; and maintaining records (electronic and manual), inventory, and statistics.  Maintain and manage collection material in the facility by preparing newly received materials (sizing, accessioning/verifying and shelving) and physically handling materials to be shelved and retrieved by using book trucks, ladders, and forklift.  Valid driver’s license required.  This is a part-time, two year, benefits-eligible appointment from date of hire.  Work schedule is 30 hours/week (Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 3:00 p.m.) during the academic year;  25 hours/week (hours to be determined) during the summer.       Application Deadline:  Friday, September 22, 2017.

More gigs at Cornell University Library!

26 Jul

Here are three more opportunities to come work with us at CUL!

Digital Projects Assistant (Collections Assistant IV, Band D), Rare and Manuscript Collections (External Candidates Link)
This is a benefits-eligible one year term appointment. Application Deadline Friday, August 4, 2017 

Under the direction of the Assistant Director for Technical Services, the Digital Projects Assistant is responsible for facilitating the digitization of rare materials.  Prepares items for digitization, coordinates logistics with the library’s digital projects unit, and tracks materials in process.  Creates metadata for digital collections and exhibitions, updating existing metadata as needed.  Contributes to digital collections maintenance by reviewing collections to ensure information is complete and accurate and compiling missing information as needed.  Facilitates patron use of the collections by providing reference assistance to researchers, providing security for rare and valuable materials used in the Reading Room, and monitoring and instructing researchers in the use of rare, valuable, fragile, or irreplaceable items.

Senior Manuscript Processor (Collections Assistant IV, Band D), Rare and Manuscript Collections (External Candidate Link)
This is a benefits-eligible, one-year term appointment.  Application Deadline Friday, August 4, 2017. 

Under the direction of the Assistant Director for Technical Services, the Senior Manuscript Processor is responsible for facilitating access to collections through the description of archival materials.  Performs cataloging, arrangement, and description of archival collections, preparing detailed finding aids using Encoded Archival Description (EAD) and other national standards.  This position will focus on the description of collections related to music and contemporary culture and may work on materials in other subject areas.  Will also facilitate patron use of the collections by providing reference assistance to researchers, providing security for rare and valuable materials used in the Reading Room, and monitoring and instructing researchers in the use of rare, valuable, fragile, or irreplaceable items.

IT Support Provider (IT Support Assistant IV, Band E), CUL-IT Desktop Services (External Candidate Link)
Application Deadline is Friday, August 11, 2017.

The IT Support Provider contributes as a team member to enhancing the Library’s information technology capabilities, with an emphasis on office productivity and library-specific tools, including client software for the library management system. Deploys, configures, and troubleshoots software and hardware on desktop systems and peripherals primarily within an MS Active Directory environment. Collaborates with others to develop effective technical and process initiatives focused on ensuring a high level of service and increased efficiency.  Performs systems administration tasks for Library servers in coordination with the Library Systems group, and provides administration for a number of CUL-internal applications and services.

Headed to ACRL!

21 Mar

Tomorrow I head out to ACRL! It’ll be the first time I’ve gone, and I’m wicked excited about it. I’m also excited that I will not be presenting, sitting on any panels, running any board meetings, attending any cabinet meetings, or really anything along those lines. I just get to, y’know, attend a conference and learn stuff.

It sounds wonderful. Hope to see you there!

Come work with us!

6 Feb

Two new gigs opening up at the Cornell University Library:

DCAPS Program Support Assistant (Admin. Assistant IV, Band D), DCAPS/Digital Scholarship and Preservation Services   Application Link for External Candidates Only

This three-year term, 30 hour per week position will work under the general supervision of the Digital Curation Services Lead, and under the functional direction of the Digital Projects Librarian, and will assist the DCAPS Coordinator and Director of Digitization and Conservation Services in organizing, managing and tracking projects as they progress through the unit’s workflow and reach completion.    Manage project records in a variety of systems;  Research incomplete Arts and Sciences (A&S) projects and collaborate in crafting concrete steps to bring them to completion; Coordinate project updates for monthly DCAPS Project Overview meetings; Monitor, manage and respond appropriately to the correspondence in the DCAPS email account.

Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics Librarian (Assistant Librarian), Science and Technology Libraries  Application Link for External Candidates Only

The PAM Librarian will be responsible for collections and responsive services to research and teaching faculty, staff, and students in the Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics and Statistics departments, in addition to being a library liaison to the associated units:  Center for Applied Mathematics, Applied & Engineering Physics and Operations Research & Information Engineering.  The PAM Librarian will report to the Director of the Science and Technology Libraries on the vision, mission and responsibilities of the library, will work with the Science and Technology Libraries (STL) Administrative Manager on access services matters, and collaborate with the current Mathematics Librarian, Chemistry Librarian and the two Engineering Librarians on services and collections.

Check them out!

They’re letting me talk in public again

18 Oct

I’ve actually got a couple of speaking gigs on the horizon, and it feels like it’s been a little while.

On November 4, I’ll be at NYLA’s annual conference, where the CUNY Graduate Center’s Jill Ciracella and I will be giving a talk on “Walking the Open Access Walk“. We’ll be covering the recent big events in the OA world, and then leading some facilitated discussion on what libraryfolk need to be doing right now to promote and embrace OA.

And then on December 2, my colleague Aliqae Geraci and I will be on a panel discussing power, labor, and archives at the ACRL/NY 2016 Symposium: Money and Power. Our focus is, “Documenting dispute: Who is preserving the record of public sector collective bargaining?” and it’ll touch on our research into state-level collections of CBAs, but also look more broadly at the place of labor libraries in supporting labor communities and action.

I’m excited to be out speaking again, and very excited to be a part of two excellent programs. So check ’em out.


Scholarly Commons Hits 1 Million Downloads

12 Oct

Three years ago this month, the Scholarly Commons went live. Supporting Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration, it’s the second open access digital repository that I manage, and was both the biggest project of the post-consolidation HLM Digital Projects Group and the justification of our expansion from two people to three.

And in August, we recorded our one millionth full-text download.

Hitting that milestone in less than three years is kind of mind-boggling, but we’ve been ridiculously successful in this endeavor. We have papers from 70% of SHA’s faculty, we are now the point of dissemination for all publications from SHA Centers and Institutes… and folks are demonstrably reading this stuff, too.

Thanks go out to Sara Palmer, who does the lion’s share of the work on this repo, to her predecessor Chubing Tripepi, and to Steve Gollnick who helped get things off the ground while keeping DC@ILR uploads on track. (It’s worth noting that Sara and Steve won the Cornell University Library Outstanding Performance award behind this work.)

It’s been a helluva ride, and I’m looking forward to the future.