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(Closed) GLOBAL OPEN KNOWLEDGEBASE (GOKb) EDITOR, VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

Global Open Knowledgebase (GOKb) Editor

(Time-Limited Position)

This job has closed.

The NCSU Libraries has a well-earned reputation for creating adventurous library spaces and innovative services that delight today’s students and researchers. The award-winning James B. Hunt Jr. Library, opened in 2013 on NC State’s Centennial Campus, offers faculty and students access to advanced technologies such as large-scale visualization, simulated environments, 3D imagery, and interactive computing that are enabling revolutionary ways to see and use information. An iconic building that captures NC State’s spirit of innovation in education and research, the Hunt Library is recognized as one of the world’s most creative learning and collaborative spaces and a model for “the library of the future”. The D. H. Hill Library, serving the main campus, combines the best of tradition and innovation, housing special collections and a beautiful gallery alongside vibrant, experiential spaces such as the Learning Commons, Technology Sandbox, Visualization Studio, and Makerspace. If you are a person who would like to provide a new generation of library users with everything they can imagine and more, consider applying for this position.

The NCSU Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of GOKb Editor. GOKb is a collaborative  project to develop an open source, community-managed knowledge base of electronic resources metadata. The GOKb editor will have primary responsibility for coordinating the data collection and ingest process, including designing workflows, setting policies, and collaborating with project partners. Based at NCSU Libraries, the GOKb editor will be located in the Acquisitions and Discovery department and will be one of a cohort of four electronic resources librarians.

Responsibilities

The GOKb Editor:

  • Oversees collection, ingest, and normalization of GOKb data by project partners
  • Designs workflows, coordinates assignments, and communicates priorities to partners
  • Consults with partners to help them develop data contribution strategies
  • Serves as primary decision maker on issues related to GOKb data quality and display
  • Creates and maintains project documentation
  • Develops and conducts training on use of GOKb, OpenRefine, and related tools
  • Participates in GOKb software development process and provides constructive feedback based on partner experience
  • Collaborates with Principal Investigator to steer development of the GOKb project

NCSU librarians are expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field. Reports to the Associate Head of Acquisitions and Discovery.

Required qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited MLS, MIS, or equivalent advanced degree
  • Experience working with electronic resources management data and tools
  • Ability to design and implement workflows
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively across a geographically distributed team
  • Evidence of ability for ongoing professional development and contribution

Preferred qualifications:  

  • Experience with data manipulation software such as OpenRefine
  • Experience with relationship management and communication across diverse groups, including librarians, publishers, and vendors

The Libraries, the University, and the Area

The NCSU Libraries has been recognized with numerous national and international awards, including the first Association of College and Research Libraries Excellence in Academic Libraries Award; the Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries and the American Institute of Architects/American Library Association Building Award for the Hunt Library; two John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Awards; and Library Journal’s Librarian of the YearParaprofessional of the Year, and eight Movers and Shakers awards. The library system consists of the D. H. Hill Library, the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, and branch libraries for design, natural resources, and veterinary medicine. With a staff of almost 300 FTE, the Libraries has more than 4.6 million volumes in its collection and has a total annual budget of over $30 million. The Libraries is the host site for NC LIVE, a multi-type library initiative making digital resources accessible to North Carolina residents.

The NCSU Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, the Coalition for Networked Information, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, the Council for Library and Information Resources, and the Center for Research Libraries. Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University form the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN), with combined resources exceeding 17 million volumes and collections budgets totaling more than $40 million.

North Carolina State University is dedicated to excellent teaching, the creation and application of knowledge, and engagement with public and private partners. By uniting its strength in science and technology with a commitment to excellence in a comprehensive range of disciplines, NC State promotes an integrated approach to problem solving that transforms lives and provides leadership for social, economic, and technological development. NC State offers degrees through the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Design, Education, Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, Management, Natural Resources, Sciences, Textiles, and Veterinary Medicine. As the largest academic institution in the state, NC State enrolls more than 34,000 students, offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 120 fields of study and doctoral degrees in 67 disciplines. The university is ranked third among all public universities (without medical schools) in industry-sponsored research expenditures and has more than 660 active patents. NC State’s burgeoning Centennial Campus aims to be the premier destination for innovative collaboration between business, research, and education.

North Carolina's Research Triangle of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill lies between the mountains of the Blue Ridge and the shores of the Outer Banks. One of the nation's premier concentrations of academic, corporate, and public research, the area combines moderate year-round temperatures, rolling hills, championship college athletics, and a rich diversity of cultural events. The Triangle consistently ranks high on lists of desirable American communities. Businessweek rated Raleigh as “the best American city” in 2011, and recent rankings by Forbes name the Triangle as the number-one place for business and careers and as the number-two spot for young professionals.

Salary and Benefits

The Libraries offers a highly competitive salary in recognition of applicable education and experience for this position. Librarians have non-tenure track faculty status (without levels of rank). Benefits include:  24 days vacation, 12 days sick leave; State of NC preferred provider medical insurance, and state, TIAA/CREF, or other retirement options. Additional and optional dental, life, disability, deferred compensation, and legal plans are offered. Tuition waiver program for all campuses of The University of North Carolina is available. This is a grant-funded position through December 2016, with possible extension depending upon funding. More benefits information is available at http://www.ncsu.edu/human_resources/benefits/

Application process and schedule

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt; applications will be accepted until finalist candidates are selected. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to receive full consideration. The nomination committee may invite candidates for confidential, pre-interview screenings. Appointment requires successful completion of background check. This position is available immediately; start date is negotiable.

Applicants must apply through the NC State University online employment website at https://jobs.ncsu.edu/. Search in the keyword box by position number 00103599. Complete application, attach cover letter and résumé, and provide contact information for four current, professional references. For assistance with this process contact NCSU Libraries Personnel Services Office (919) 515-3522.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

NC State welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation or genetic information

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (919) 515-3148.

03/2015