Coordinate between project personnel, technical staff from the Libraryâ™s Digital Library Development Center who will be responsible for building the online portal, and staff in Technical Services who are responsible for cataloging policies and practices that might intersect with the work of the project
Completing the majority of the projectâ™s metadata work; creating, enhancing and standardizing metadata records including upgrading existing data to standardized formats and terms, adding missing information, and identifying relationships between records.
Alignment and reconciliation of the different sets of metadata currently available for each collection, the addition of fields missing from current records, normalization of some metadata exported from existing records, and constant checking for consistency.
Coordinate cross-divisional work in the University of Chicago Center for Latin American Studies and the University of Chicago Library.
Ongoing project management, coordinate and manage the overall activities of the project, working with project staff, IT developers, and Technical Services staff to accomplish all the project goals, including creating documentation and timelines, managing workflows, problem solving, coordinating with stakeholders, and ensuring that the project aligns with best practices for the handling of heritage collections.
Work with faculty and graduate students who will bring domain expertise to identify unknown languages and locations, flag copyright and ethical issues and do other research that will inform the creation of catalog records or the functionality of the online portal.
The job provides professional support and solves straightforward problems in a library unit in the acquisition and processing of library materials and resources. Resolves processing problems with units.
Identifies and documents preservation needs and, with moderate guidance from others, ensures the preservation of library pieces, electronically and digitally.
Performs other related work as needed.
Â Preferred Qualifications
Masterâ™s level degree from ALA-accredited program, or
Post-graduate degree (M.A., M.S., Ph.D.) in Latin American Studies or a related field
Experience with digital exhibition and content management systems.
Background in Mesoamerican languages or cultures
Experience with archival collections in indigenous languages
Experience with project management
Technical Skills or Knowledge
A good understanding of the accepted principles and standards of descriptive metadata and controlled vocabularies, as well as familiarity with applying metadata to heritage collections
A deep interest in the goals of the project, the complexities involved in describing heterogeneous materials and supporting user-friendly discovery, and the importance of best practices for working with heritage collections
Understanding of the principles of metadata description and skill with major metadata standards and controlled vocabularies, including Dublin Core, MARC
Understanding of the principles of controlled vocabularies and entity identifier systems and ability to work with linguistic and/or geographic controlled vocabularies
Ability to read, write and speak Spanish
Strong written and oral communication and collaboration skills
Resume ( required)
Cover letter (preferred)
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