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Job Req ID:  68136

Librarian III - Metadata Specialist

The Welch Medical Library at Johns Hopkins University seeks to hire a Librarian III - Metadata Specialist  to provide metadata services and solutions in support of an exciting new partnership between Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and University of California, San Francisco (UCSF): the Opioid Industry Documents Archive (the Archive). The Archive is a digital repository of publicly disclosed documents from recent judgments, settlements, and ongoing lawsuits concerning the opioid crisis. The Archive leverages extraordinary expertise within JHU and UCSF in library science, information technology, and digital archiving. It also relies on scholarship focused on many dimensions of the opioid epidemic, ranging from the history of medicine to pharmaceutical policy to clinical care. From Johns Hopkins University, the project involves the Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness; Welch Medical Library; Institute of the History of Medicine; and Sheridan Libraries’ Digital Research and Curation Center.


This individual will provide leadership and direction in metadata enhancement and metadata solutions in partnership with The Archive development team of staff, librarians, faculty, researchers, and students with a focus on discovery, interoperability, and engagement. The position reports to the Director of the Welch Medical Library in close collaboration with Dr. Caleb Alexander, the Johns Hopkins Principal Investigator of the Archive and Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate on the feasibility, development, and implementation of long-term solutions for improved metadata management and automation for the Archive
  • Configure indexing solutions within the Archive infrastructure to improve interoperability, and improve search performance in terms of speed, relevancy, and search result refinement capabilities.
  • Consult on Archive and Library initiatives that involve describing and organizing content of multiple types and advise on how metadata schemas or ontologies can be applied.
  • Curate the digital collections metadata for the Archive for optimal discoverability and integration between systems/services.
  • Develop expertise on metadata standards and stay abreast of trends and best practices concerning metadata management.
  • Evaluate metadata standards and terminologies for feasibility to apply to the Archive and other library and archive systems.
  • Transform metadata using appropriate tools or libraries as it relates to interoperability or integration of systems.
  • Work with user experience and service design to deliver metadata schema which meet users’ needs interacting with the Archive.
  • Work with others in the Archive software development to integrate metadata into software solutions, such as indexes and integrations between systems.
  • Serve on library and departmental committees and/or task forces as appropriate. 
  • Work on additional initiatives dependent on the Archive and Library needs / candidate’s interest and expertise
  • Monitor and contribute to local, national, and international forums on metadata standards and policies.
  • Actively participate in professional working groups, task forces, instruction programs and committees.
  • Represent the Library and the Archive at national meetings and through scholarship


Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • Master’s Degree from an ALA-accredited school of Library and Information Science, Informatics, Archive Management, or other appropriate degree
  • 3 years professional library experience working in a health sciences or biomedical library or affiliated clinical/research environment


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with digital archive materials


Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Broad knowledge of metadata standards, workflows, and services
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with metadata standards including Dublin Core, PREMIS, and METS/MODS
  • Understanding of linked data standards and applications
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively with a diverse population of faculty/staff, students, and colleagues
  • Evidence of professional initiative and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal, time management, organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both in person and virtually using a variety of media and technologies


Classified Title: Librarian III
Working Title: Librarian III - Metadata Specialist 
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PD 
Starting Salary Range: ​​​​​​​$59,879 - $82,240 annually (commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: ​​​​​​​Mount Washington Campus 

Department name: ​​​​​​​SOM Admin Welch Director Office 
Personnel area: School of Medicine


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


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