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CIC Geospatial Project Metadata Coordinator

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University of Minnesota Libraries, Twin Cities

Reporting to the Head of the John R. Borchert Map Library, and working closely with the CIC Geospatial Data Discovery Project Manager, the CIC Geospatial Data Task Force, and other CIC geospatial information entities, the CIC Geospatial Project Metadata Coordinator holds primary responsibilities in these areas:

  • Metadata Coordination and Management -- standards. creation. transformation. ingest.   Establish and document metadata guidelines, following standardized geospatial metadata application profiles. Develop geospatial metadata creation and editing processes including use of linked data. Manage metadata crosswalks, transformations, and efficient spatial data ingest processes. Oversee quality control measures to ensure effective discovery and access to spatial data by the user community. Consults with staff in the University Libraries' Data Management & Access department.
  • Workflow Analysis and Process Development  -- analyzes user workflows and data flows to inform the design and development  of low-barrier processes for geospatial metadata creation by institutions involved in the CIC Geospatial Data Discovery Project. Develop, in collaboration with the Project Manager and the CIC Geospatial Data Task Force, systematic processes for ensuring that ingested spatial data is made discoverable and accessible (via a geoportal).
  • Metadata Recruitment - Develop and execute a strategy to acquire and build a corpus of geospatial metadata pertinent to the research needs of participating CIC institutions. Conduct community assessments to inform the identification of content recruitment targets.
  • Consultation and Advocacy -- consults with University Libraries and U-Spatial staff, as well as the CIC Geospatial Data Task Force, on policy and procedural issues related to the creation, management and dissemination of geospatial metadata assets. Consultation areas include, but are not limited to, the application of policies related to participating institutions, general issues on copyright and data governance (e.g., open access allowances, as well as controls over legally private and sensitive data), and best practices related to metadata creation. Supports end-user training activities and creates documentation to make it easy for people to use CIC geospatial data resources


  • Master's degree in library/information science from an American Library Association accredited library school, GIS-related field, or equivalent combination of advanced degree and relevant experience.
  • Experience with metadata creation, standards, and management.
  • Familiarity with tools and techniques involving metadata validation, crosswalks, authorities and registries, and transformations.
  • Experience working with data in XML format.
  • Excellent assessment, analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Demonstrated project management skills.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, interpersonal and relationship-building skills.
  • Demonstrated initiative, self-direction, and ability to work independently.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a research-intensive environment.


  • Demonstrated interest in geospatial data resources.
  • Experience with geospatial metadata and ISO 19115 or FGDC standards.
  • Demonstrated understanding of cartographic and geospatial resources and concepts.
  • Experience with geographical information systems, including/especially Esri's ArcGIS software.
  • Understanding of common web and open source technologies for geospatial data such as Python, GeoServer, PostGIS, Openlayers, and GDAUOGR.
  • Experience with transforming metadata through XSLT or scripting.
  • Data programming  experience, for example scripting or performing batch metadata operations/transformations using standard tools and methods.
  • Knowledge of data repository, preservation, and curation concepts and their application.
  • Demonstrated interest in the applications of current and emerging technologies and their integration into the delivery of information services.
  • Demonstrated aptitude for teaching and developing user-oriented documentation.
Application Procedure: 

Applications must be submitted online.  To be considered for this position, please use the link below.  You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Please attach the following documents in Word or PDF format:   (DO NOT copy and paste.)

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter (identify cover letter with UL336)
  • Names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three current references.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Activities" page and uploading documents there.

This position will remain open until filled.

This is a full-time, two-year, academic/professional appointment at the Assistant Librarian level, with the possibility of extension. The Libraries offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience and excellent benefits.
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