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Metadata Librarian

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Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
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The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) seeks to appoint a Metadata Librarian to manage its rich metadata collection. S/he will provide guidance in metadata management and innovation to support and expand the social and behavioral science data coverage of the ICPSR Archive(s) and provide users with an accurate, precise, and comprehensive resource discovery process.  S/he will participate in the ongoing development of the ICPSR’s technical infrastructure, and will coordinate metadata activities and advise on metadata function improvement, enhancement, and troubleshooting.   Additionally, s/he will manage metadata projects, develop workflows, and provide training to staff in order to advance ICPSR’s metadata and discovery services.

ICPSR offers a competitive total compensation package, with full University of Michigan benefits.

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, established in 1962, maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction, and offers training in quantitative methods. To ensure that data resources are available to future generations of scholars, ICPSR acquires, processes, and preserves data. In addition, ICPSR provides user support. A unit within the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, ICPSR is a membership-based organization, with more than 760 member colleges and universities around the world. Its budget is provided by ICPSR member dues and by grants and contracts from public and private sponsors. A Council of leading scholars and data professionals guides and oversees its activities. More information can be found about ICPSR at


  • Maintain and enhance ICPSR’s metadata
  • Review metadata records created by users and staff for quality and adherence to metadata standards
  • Maintain controlled vocabularies (subject thesaurus, name authority lists)
  • Maintain study classifications
  • Investigate, experiment with, and implement new extended and creative uses of metadata
  • Lead incorporation of new metadata fields and schemas, especially from other disciplines and formats
  • Monitor and incorporate external developments in metadata production and use
  • Lead coordination with external services that interact with ICPSR metadata
  • Lead linkage with external controlled vocabularies
  • Actively participates in Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) implementation at ICPSR, as well as external development through the DDI Alliance

Required Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in a relevant library, social, or data science field of study
  • Demonstrated experience working with metadata standards and tools
  • Strong computer skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, in the English language

Desired Qualifications

  • Skills in one or more structured programming and scripting languages (e.g., Python, Java)
  • Knowledge of XML and RDF
  • Knowledge of biomedical metadata standards
  • Knowledge of BIBFRAME, authority control, subject analysis, and controlled vocabularies
  • Experience with ontologies or taxonomies
  • Experience in writing grant proposals and applications
  • Knowledge and experience archiving data and providing secondary analysis of those data
Application Procedure: 

Applicants should submit a letter of application, a CV, and the names of three references to Inquiries may be addressed to: Jared Lyle, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, Institute for Social Research, P.O. Box 1248, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106-1248. Application deadline is December 15, 2016. Screening of applications will begin immediately.  The Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to ground our research in varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic university community committed to teaching and research in a multicultural environment. Potential applicants who share this goal are encouraged to apply.

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