Job Description

Job Title: Library and Information Specialist   Department: CPA
Location: Washington, DC   Appointment Duration: 1 Year
Job Code: 19-137   Position Type: Renewable
Recruitment Type: Local   US FLSA Status: Exempt
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled    


Job Summary:

The Communications and Public Affairs (CPA) Division of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a Knowledge Management Specialist to assist with metadata curation and library subscription management. The candidate will work with OCLC software services, such as WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, Acquisitions, and CONTENTdm. The successful candidate will have a strong attention to detail and be comfortable in a highly culturally diverse work environment. This is a one-year renewable position based in Washington, DC.


Essential Duties:

Specific duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Perform original and copy cataloging for research outputs
  • Curate metadata in institutional repository and other databases/portals
  • Assign keywords using controlled vocabularies derived from thesauri (AGROVOC, CABI, and others)
  • Liaise with publishers to maintain IFPRI’s institutional subscriptions and renewals
  • Provide research support through Inter Library Loans (ILL) and literature reviews
  • Manage and track the use of print resources using WorldShare Circulation
  • Manage administrative tasks such as invoices and expense reports
  • Other duties as assigned


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree plus five years of professional experience or MLIS/MIS or other Information Science degree from accredited university and three years of relevant experience.
  • Experience in library cataloging and understanding of emerging trends in the field
  • Familiarity with metadata common standards and common technologies used in the field such as: Dublin Core, MODS, XML, OAI-PMH, etc
  • Demonstrated ability to work productively within a multi-cultural team environment
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize work responsibly with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to pay attention to details
  • Excellent oral and written English language skills


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with web content management systems like Drupal and other Content Management Systems
  • Experience writing scripts using common languages like Python, Perl, and others
  • Experience working with international and national organizations

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is an equal employment opportunity employer - F/M/Disability/Vet/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.

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