Discovery & Metadata Librarian

at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, United States

Job Description

The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) seeks a Discovery and Metadata Librarian to lead the Jackson Laboratory in defining and supporting the library information services in this era of data science and digital information support services.The Laboratory is a world leader in mammalian genetics and humangenomicswith locations in Bar Harbor, ME, Farmington, CT, Sacramento, CA, and China.We also educatecurrent and future scientists and provide critical resources, data, tools, and services to researchers worldwide. Jackson Laboratory researchers are deeply involved in data science and in the development and maintenance of metadata standards for biomedical data, including mouse strain and gene nomenclature, the Gene Ontology, mouse anatomy ontologies, and the Mammalian and Human Phenotype Ontologies.

The Jackson Laboratory Discovery and Metadata Librarian, in addition to digital librarian training and skills, will necessarily have an expansive role to include the skills of a biomedical librarian with the growth of the Lab in the area of genome medicine. Biomedical librarians are information specialists who aid in finding medical documents covering topics such as clinical trials, medical treatments or procedures, as well as other pertinent information that applies to the medical industry.

Libraries and librarians supporting a research institution such as the Jackson Laboratory face exciting new challenges such as the need to offer a variety of data support services: information instruction and training, data management planning guidance, stewardship, and curation. Linked data is a regular topic of discussion.

We seek a librarian and digital information resources specialist interested in participating in this new wave of change, embracing training, encouraging the transition and working broadly with the entire Jackson Laboratory Community as well as its collaborators to facilitate and embrace this change and to push the envelope of what this means to the future skills of Library and Library Data Services. The Jackson Laboratory Discovery and Metadata Librarian will be joining at an exciting time in genetics and genome sciences.


Key Responsibilities:


Operational management of the Library (50% effort), Library includes print and electronic holdings, databases, reference resources, circulation, interlibrary loan, historical archives functions, and reporting staff.


Establishes major schedules, project management assignments and the allocation of manpower, space and equipment to ensure departmental commitments are met in compliance with institutional standards of operation and safety. Oversees equipment operations and maintenance. Facilitate troubleshooting in these areas in a timely manner.


Negotiates purchase of subscriptions.


Provides electronic biomedical information to all JAX staff and maintain the user-friendly aspects of the library through the use of new technologies. Provides research support and instruction in the use of library information resources. Maintains and supports an interlibrary loan service to ensure access to materials not owned by the Library.


Manages direct reporting staff. Assesses employee's performance including writing reviews, assuring technical growth and competence through goal setting and facilitated training. Recruiting and training new personnel as needed.


Establishes and insures service QC. Monitors adherence to department and institutional policy; assures SOPs and best practices are identified, incorporated and followed as part of service routine.


Maintains library activity metrics in a complete, accurate and timely manner.


Manages and promotes the future of metadata management and linked data and facilitates the digitization of information working with the entire Jackson Laboratory Community.


Attends Linked Data Conferences - participates in Library of Congress efforts promoting linked data and linked data practices.


Applies knowledge of relevant international and national standards, rules and best practices for creation, analysis, enrichment, normalization and maintenance of metadata at levels ranging from sets to bibliographic records, items and holdings.


Works within a variety of complex and inter-related systems, interfaces and knowledge bases.


Collaborates across the institute to develop and enhance procedures for effective metadata management and is responsible for developing solutions to metadata access and discovery problems.


Develops and/or implements publications tracking system(s) for the production of metrics for multiple consumers


Minimum Qualifications:


Masters in Library Science from an ALA-accredited library school or Ph.D. in Life Sciences is required with at least five years active professional experience... For full info follow application link.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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Job Posting: 647694

Posted On: Dec 02, 2021

Updated On: Dec 02, 2021