Employment Opportunities

Metadata & Linked Data Strategist

Project MUSE is a division of The Johns Hopkins University Press. Founded in 1878, the Press is the oldest continuously operating university press in the United States as well as one of the largest. The Press is a leader in scholarly book, journal, and digital publishing.

Project MUSE is a multi-million dollar electronic database of academic books and journals in the humanities and social sciences. We produce content from over 260 academic publishers, including more than 600 academic journals and 40,000 front-list and back-list monographs. We recently received a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation to expand our open access offerings.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent
  • 3-5 years of progressive experience with metadata projects
  • Practical experience managing all aspects of metadata creation for digital content, including selecting, implementing, and documenting metadata standards, overseeing quality control, and mapping between datasets
  • Demonstrated experience with current cataloging procedures and principles as defined in RDA and AACR2, and the MARC bibliographic, holdings, and authorities formats
  • Demonstrable knowledge of and ability to apply metadata standards (including MODS, Dublin Core, EAD, METS, OAI, TEI, and relevant thesauri and/or ontologies, as required by special projects) as well as the ability to implement and analyze these standards
  • Familiarity with machine actionable languages, such as XML and RDF
  • Familiarity with linked data principles and standards

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications and experience:

  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent
  • 3-5 years of progressive experience with metadata projects
  • Practical experience managing all aspects of metadata creation for digital content, including selecting, implementing, and documenting metadata standards, overseeing quality control, and mapping between datasets
  • Demonstrated experience with current cataloging procedures and principles as defined in RDA and AACR2, and the MARC bibliographic, holdings, and authorities formats
  • Demonstrable knowledge of and ability to apply metadata standards (including MODS, Dublin Core, EAD, METS, OAI, TEI, and relevant thesauri and/or ontologies, as required by special projects) as well as the ability to implement and analyze these standards
  • Familiarity with machine actionable languages, such as XML and RDF
  • Familiarity with linked data principles and standards

 

Other Desired Skills Include:

  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills combined with capacity for complex, detail-oriented work
  • High level computer competency kept up to date through continuous learning
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, as a team member, and across organizational boundaries in a fast-paced environment
  • Flexibility to be organized, productive, and effective in a dynamic environment, while participating in variety of simultaneous projects
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Production Controller/Production Coordinator

Senior staff position as Production Controller for up to 120 new book and reprint titles per year. Project manager of digital workflow of edited manuscripts for design and to typesetters; route text, jacket, and art copy and proofs; post final files to printers; and distribute advanced books copies within the Books division. Responsible for daily electronic schedule updates, instruct vendors, confirm specifications and print runs, and issue purchase orders. Optional: Selected cover designs and text design supervision to assist Art Director. Position reports to the Design and Production Manager.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Project Management: Manage production of half of new books and 1st time paperbacks, along with reprint titles as assigned by the Design & Production Manager, by working with designers, compositors, printers, and in-house personnel. Monitor and update the database schedules to keep the projects timely and on budget. Communicate regularly with internal and external companies and individuals.  (60%)

 

Quality Review: Review and internally route printed sheets, digital book proofs, art proofs, jackets and color proofs from printers. Clearly instruct vendors on desired changes requested.  (30%)

 

Book Design: Assists the Art Director as needed, including modifying 8-10 format text design titles a season, sizing accompanying art, and reviewing text and art proofs; and also new and revised edition cover designs. (10%)

 

Qualifications

 

Knowledge: Bachelor’s degree preferred.

Macintosh, Outlook, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat skills; will train to use Filemaker database. At least two years experience in print production management and design.

 

This position requires communication across the Books division to set, hold, and anticipate book publication schedules and issues, while maintaining quality (including file printability) with designers, book compositors, and printers.

 

Degree of independent action performed on the job: Proven ability to initiate and work independently and collaboratively; plan, prioritize, and meet multiple deadlines; and to work with minimum supervision in a busy department.

 

Internal and external contacts required as part of the job: The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to work and communicate effectively with peers and senior staff at the Press as well as with outside vendor customer service and sales representatives.

 

This position requires teamwork and relationship building with people both inside and outside the Press. Internal: daily coordination with Books Editing, Acquisitions, Marketing, and our warehouse fulfillment division. External: daily coordination with typesetters, production services, printers, and freelance designers.

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Sr. Programmer Analyst

Project MUSE is a division of The Johns Hopkins University Press. Founded in 1878, the Press is the oldest continuously operating university press in the United States as well as one of the largest. The Press is a leader in scholarly book, journal, and digital publishing.

Project MUSE is a multi-million dollar electronic database of academic books and journals in the humanities and social sciences. Producing content from over 260 academic publishers, including more than 600 academic journals and 40,000 front-list and back-list monographs. We recently received a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation to expand our open access offerings.

The Senior Programmer Analyst is a member of Project MUSE's technical development team involved in software and database development. The position works with a small talented team who continues to output and design innovative publishing features in record time, with the quality and depth of a large organization.  Project MUSE has thrived on creating custom solutions, offering flexibility to both the product and the customer.  This position will report to the Manager, Publishing Technologies at Project MUSE.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develops or modifies computer programs; develops test plans and performs unit, system and integrated testing for individual assignments, and or vendor software releases.
  • Database design, development and implementation, including user and system requirements collection, proto-typing and testing, application database schemes design and integration with applications, production maintenance and user support.
  • Develops, maintains, documents and tests new or existing programs; adheres to project wide standards for data collection/storage, structured programming techniques, documentation requirements, testing, reporting, software/hardware releases.
  • Uses programming knowledge and critical thinking to resolve moderately complex technical or procedural problems
  • Create reports and work with end users on report specifications; create and run queries as needed, both scripted and ad hoc.
  • Participates in institutional-level information technology initiatives as assigned.
  • Other duties and projects as assigned.
  • Manage several projects simultaneously while meeting tight deadlines.

Qualifications

  • Expert experience with Web programming using Perl, CGI/Mod_Perl is required.
  • Experience with MySQL.
  • Working knowledge of JavaScript, (eg. JQuery), HTML, CSS is desirable.
  • Experience and or knowledge with XML and or XSLT would be a plus.
  • Knowledge to implement and or support data analytics projects (eg.WebBI, Tableau) a plus.
  • Working environment is UNIX.
  • Publishing Experience a bonus.
  • Ruby and Python a bonus but not required.

Bachelor's degree and three years related experience. Additional education may substitute for required experience and additional related experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula. Direct programming experience while pursuing education may count towards related experience. Significant undergraduate programming coursework or independent project can be considered as related experience.

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