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Metadata Librarian for Middle East Resources

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Stanford University

Metadata Librarian for Middle East Resources

Job Number: 77543

This position is double-posted at the Librarian 1 or Librarian 2.


Reporting to the Head of the Metadata Development Unit (MDU), the Metadata Development Librarian for Middle East Resources supports the creation, organization, and maintenance of metadata to facilitate search, discovery, and access to Middle East language resources in various formats acquired by the Stanford University Libraries (SUL) using traditional cataloging standards as well as existing and emerging metadata schemas and techniques, such as linked data.


1. Creates discovery metadata for resources in Arabic, Persian, other languages using Arabic script, and Turkish in multiple formats, including rare materials, applying the metadata schema appropriate to the material as defined by policy. Currently, predominate schemas are RDA applied according to the PCC standards and MODS for describing digital collections held in the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR). Creates finding aids for archival collections.

2. Responsible for associated entity management, authority work, and quality control as defined by policy for particular schemas; participates in the PCC NACO and SACO programs as applicable.

3. Collaborates with team members to evaluate, select, and apply metadata schemas and techniques, standards, data elements, and thesauri to provide description and access to SUL collections.

4. Serves as language expert for Technical Services and DLSS staff, and acts as primary contact for issues with SUL's integrated library system SIRSI Symphony, Blacklight discovery layer SearchWorks, and the SDR for Middle East language materials.

5. May act as project manager or consultant for the creation and management of descriptive and other metadata for selected projects in Metadata Department and in collaboration with other departments or multi-department teams.

6. Participates in the development of Stanford's linked-data environment.

7. Is involved in relevant professional activities on the local and national level, including committee work, conference attendance, and presentations.

8. Maintains active link with the curator responsible for Middle East collections.

9. Performs other duties as needed.


1. Advanced knowledge of Arabic required; working knowledge of Persian and familiarity with and ability to work with materials in other languages written in Arabic script required; good knowledge of Turkish preferred.

2. Knowledge of and basic experience in applying current cataloging procedures and principles as defined in RDA, MARC Bibliographic, Holdings, and Authorities formats.

3. Ability to rapidly learn and implement new cataloging procedures and principles adopted by the Department, including the contribution of PCC records through one or more of the program modules: BIBCO, NACO, and/or SACO.

4. Familiarity with and/or ability to learn, analyze, and utilize existing and emerging metadata standards, such as Dublin Core, EAD, MODS, METS, OAI, TEI, and relevant thesauri or ontologies, as required by special projects. Ability to provide mapping between different metadata standards in a dynamic environment.

5. Familiarity with RDF, XML, and other machine actionable metadata languages, principles of linked data, and ability to work with controlled vocabularies and ontologies preferred.

6. High level of proficiency using PC-based applications (Windows, word processing, spreadsheets) and other computer applications (email, Internet, Integrated Library Systems); high level computer competency kept up to date through continuous learning.

7. Excellent analytical and problem solving skills combined with attention to detail for complex, detail-oriented work.

8. Effective verbal and written communication skills.

9. Ability to work independently, as a team member, and across departmental boundaries in a fast-paced environment.

10. Flexibility to be organized, productive and effective in a dynamic environment, involved with a variety of simultaneous projects and workflows.

11. Commitment to professional development and service.

12. Advanced Degree in Library Science or a relevant academic discipline with demonstrated understanding of academic libraries or equivalent in education and relevant experience.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Location: University Libraries

Schedule: Full-time

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Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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In 1876, former California Governor Leland Stanford purchased 650 acres of Rancho San Francisquito for a country home and began the development of his famous Palo Alto Stock Farm. He later bought adjoining properties totaling more than 8,000 acres. The little town that was beginning to emerge near the land took the name Palo Alto (tall tree) after a giant California redwood on the bank of San Francisquito Creek. The tree itself is still there and would later become the university's symbol and centerpiece of its official seal.

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