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Job No. 145609

  • Job Title:
  • Metadata & Processing Specialist
  • Employer:
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • Location:
  • Amherst , MA
  • Posting Date:
  • 12-Jan-2022
  • Description:
  • About UMass Amherst

    UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

    Job Summary

    As Metadata and Processing Specialist, arrange and describe archival collections according to professional archival principles
    and standards; catalog manuscripts, photographs, and other material; create descriptive metadata according to the Robert S. Cox
    Special Collections and University Archives Research Center’s best practices using EAD and MODS metadata schemas;
    enhance existing metadata; work closely with colleagues in the Center to determine priorities; and perform other duties as

    Essential Functions

    Process archival collections, support the managing of archival collections, and assist in the preparation and transfer of
    records to the Special Collections and University Archives.
    Work with archivists, make recommendations for processing and digitization priorities, and prepare progress reports
    to share with the Head, Robert S. Cox Special Collections and University Archives Research Center.
    Catalog manuscripts, photographs, and other materials in a range of archival collections; create finding aids and
    bibliographic records for collections.
    Create descriptive metadata, review existing metadata, and enhance legacy records, as necessary.
    Use EAD and MODS metadata schemas to describe materials in manuscript collections. Prepare descriptive records
    that conform to all relevant metadata standards.
    Conduct subject analysis for manuscripts, photographs, and other materials; research collections in order to provide
    accurate descriptive information.
    Train and supervise the work of departmental student staff to ensure provision of services and adherence to work
    standards. Provide on-the-job training and orientation as needed.
    Participate in the Libraries’ assessment program by collecting, maintaining, and recording usage statistics for
    monthly reports as needed.
    Attend professional development activities as required to meet departmental goals and objectives.
    Serve on internal library committees as needed.
    Work collaboratively and effectively in support of promoting teamwork, diversity, equality, and inclusiveness within
    the Libraries and the campus.
    Work a schedule of Monday-Friday, daytime hours.

    Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

    Bachelor’s degree with one year of relevant library experience (Bachelor's degree with relevant course work towards a Master's degree in Library Science may be substituted for the one year of experience).
    Basic knowledge of EAD, DACS, MODS, DC, and other relevant metadata standards.
    Knowledge of digitization standards and practices.
    Strong analytical, written, and oral communication skills.
    Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
  •  Contact information:
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • Amherst, MA 1003
  • United States
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