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Metadata Librarian

Library of Congress

Responsibilities

GS-13 Duties:

Serves as an expert in creating, mapping, transforming and managing multiple types of library metadata.  Work includes harmonizing disparate metadata schemas and sources into a common, integrated system.  Develops and maintains metadata schemas and cross walks to create a common metadata schema from multiple metadata schemas, some of which adhere to international standards; some of which were developed and maintained locally; and some of which reflect highly complex many-to-many data relationships.

Serves as a technical expert who uses a variety enterprise data technologies to correct, normalize, enhance, and migrate diverse datasets into a common, shared metadata schema.  Writing scripts and queries to work with a range of metadata storage formats, including JSON, RDF, XML, XML Schema, Relax NG, XPath, JSON-LD, RDBMS and NoSQL databases.  Uses data technologies such as SPARQL, SQL, XQuery, XSLT, Javascript, Python libraries like Pandas, or similar enterprise level data technologies to perform work.

Under the general direction of the division chief who sets the general objectives and indicates available resources, the incumbent plans and manages metadata projects, applying standard project management methodologies. Performs data integrity testing. Develops and manages project plans for metadata migration and maintenance. Organizes, develops, and implements plans for specific projects and data sets.

Develops data structures and access strategies in alignment with business and mission requirements for review by senior staff. Participates in the research, evaluation, development, and implementation of appropriate metadata standards for description, inventory, access, retrieval, preservation, and management of the Library's collections, both analog and digital.

Contributes to oral and written reports and presentations on metadata systems and issues of concern to senior managers. Produces analyses and evaluations of metadata and related projects. Serves as liaison with internal stakeholders. Participates on Library teams working on metadata and library system projects.

GS-14 Duties:

Serves as a national and/or international expert in creating, mapping, transforming and managing multiple types of metadata.  Work includes harmonizing disparate metadata schemas and sources into a common, integrated system.  Develops and maintains metadata schema cross walks to create a common metadata schema from multiple metadata schemas: some of which adhere to international standards; some of which were developed and maintained locally; and some of which reflect highly complex many-to-many data relationships.

Leads and performs complex, multi-system metadata normalizations and migrations using a variety of enterprise metadata technologies to correct, normalize, enhance, and migrate diverse datasets into a common, shared metadata schema.  Writes scripts and queries to work with a range of metadata storage formats, including JSON, RDF, XML, XML Schema, Relax NG, XPath, JSON-LD, RDBMS and NoSQL databases.  Uses data technologies such as SPARQL, SQL, XQuery, XSLT, Javascript, Python libraries like Pandas, or similar enterprise level data technologies to perform work.

Independently develops, plans, and manages complex metadata projects, applying standard project management methodologies. Develops and manages project plans for metadata migration and maintenance. Organizes, develops, and implements plans for specific projects and data sets. Manages projects from conception through implementation applying best practices and library standards. Ensures clear and frequent communication with stakeholders and managers across the Library and with external stakeholders nationally and internationally.
Serves as an expert in library metadata technical standards and practices. Oversees the development of specifications and mappings of data elements to ensure the metadata comply with existing metadata policies and standards and meet indexing requirements. Exercises considerable discretion and judgement concerning the interpretation and implementation of existing policy and makes analytical and technical decisions that lead to, or form the basis for, major library policy on metadata by top management.

Plans and coordinates the development of data structures and access strategies in alignment with business and mission requirements. Manages the research, evaluation, development, and implementation of appropriate metadata standards for description, inventory, access, retrieval, preservation, and management of the Library's collections, both analog and digital.

Prepares and delivers oral and written reports and presentations on metadata systems and issues of concern to senior managers and external stakeholders. Produces analyses and evaluations of metadata and related projects and presents them to stakeholders at all levels of the Library.


Qualifications


Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

GS-13/14:

Knowledge of policies, procedures, applications, and practices related to metadata standards, mapping, transformation and management.**

Ability to use a variety enterprise data technologies to correct, normalize, enhance, and migrate diverse data sets into a common, shared metadata schema.**

Ability to evaluate and implement metadata standards.

Ability to interact collaboratively with others and provide consultation or liaison services.

Ability to communicate effectively in writing.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

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