The Library Technician (Metadata) is supervised by the Chief of the Digital Resources Division, Global Legal Collection Directorate, Law Library of Congress. The incumbent's duties include creation of descriptive metatdata for legal documents, including primary and secondary source materials, based upon an examination of materials.
This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.
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The incumbent generates descriptive metadata for a large volume and wide-range of digital legal documents including primary and secondary source materials; reads document content and assigns appropriate metatags that may reflect any or all of the following elements: description, type, creator, subject, spatial coverage, temporal coverage, and collection; develops knowledge of Law Library's metadata standards and guidelines, in order to assign appropriate metatags to specific documents. Metadata is applied in a manner that facilitates online searching and helps ensure that documents are easily retrievable.
The incumbent uses various software tools to enter and update descriptive metadata in documents and web pages; and utilizes spreadsheet or similar tools to organize large amounts of metadata and transfer information to metadata fields in digital files, including PDF documents.
The incumbent uses pre-designed spreadsheets or similar tools to organize and track information about digital legal documents and related metadata. As directed, updates information and maintains version control of spreadsheets containing metadata; maintains integrity of digital legal documents and ensure that metadata status of documents is apparent through a file-naming convention or similiar methods; and helps develop organizational schemes for ongoing metadata projects that will facilitate review and updates on project status.
The incumbent organizes digital legal collection materials to facilitate the provision of online access; uses appropriate folders and files to organize digital objects; works from samples provided by legal subject matter experts to create additional spreadsheets that reflect the organizational structure of different types of legal materials that will be used to provide online access to such materials; and follows webpage templates and web posting guidelines to publish and maintain digital files and metadata online.
The incumbent assists in the implementation of projects related to the digital collection management; performs work assignments to support achievement of project goals; serves as a member of project teams and may serve as team leader to provide guidance in the creation project-related metadata and provide quality review of the work of team members. As directed, tries out work flows and work procedures to establish productivity benchmarks and identify potential bottlenecks. Based on results, provides feedback to improve initial project planning and ongoing project management.
The incumbent maintains effective working relationships with various individuals in the Division and across the Law Library; participates in Division meetings and contributes to discussion related to search and retrieval of legal materials via the Law Library's website; serves as a resource for information about Law Library metadata creation and standards. As assigned, participates in committees or working groups consider metadata issues or issues related to digital access.
Performs other duties as assigned.
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