Senior Digital News Librarian, 2017 р.

Please quote vacancy number: MLT1234-1601

Position Summary:

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty seeks a Senior Digital News Librarian to support the growth and development of its Digital News Library. The Senior Digital News Librarian will report directly to the Manager of the RFE/RL Digital News Library, and play a Supervisory role for Regional Librarians. The Senior Digital News Librarian will help to develop information and data management tools and assist in building and maintaining a taxonomy and controlled vocabulary for the RFE/RL media collection. Under the direction of the Library Manager, this Librarian will test, implement and provide ongoing maintenance of Library information management tools and workflows. The Senior Digital News Librarian will assist in standardizing and maintaining integrated workflows between Prague and the Regional Libraries. This role will also perform original media cataloging and indexing, as well as research in the RFE/RL Video News Libraries to internal clients. Near native level of English language is mandatory, Russian language is desired.


Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent) required in Library Science, Information or Records Management, Archives Management, or related field.

Experience in information services (3-5 years).

Minimum of 3 years’ experience with digital media metadata.

Demonstrated education and/or experience in one or more of the following: taxonomies and thesauri, relational databases, indexing, name- and subject-authorities, controlled vocabulary, media metadata, regular expressions and data analytics, automated image annotating, Linked Open Data, Semantic Web utilities.

Demonstrated Project Management and team leadership experience.

Ability to critically research, analyze, extract, and compile data across systems; and to output and present data in an organized and formatted manner.

Experience with MS Office and Office 365 Products (Word, Excel, Access, Power Point, Share Point).

Familiarity with use, maintenance, development, or integration of Media/Digital Asset Management systems.

Basic video editing skills.

Ability to work under deadline pressure.

Keen attention to detail and highly organized.

Main Responsibilities:

The Central Digital News Librarian will be responsible for assisting in building information management tools and functionalities for identification, selection, description, and archive of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s media assets. The scope of content includes media produced across RFE’s geographically distributed Bureaus, and their broadcast and internet platforms.

Under the Digital News Archives Manager, the Central Digital News Librarian will assist in developing and enhancing media cataloging and archive protocols and procedures at the Bureau Libraries and harmonizing these Bureau practices with those at Prague Headquarters.

Supports Library workflow development and workflow improvement as needed and instructed, and interfaces with RFE/RL Engineers, Developers, Journalists, Producers, and Editors.

Supports the needs and requirements of the Regional Digital Librarians and the selection and cataloging of Regional RFE/RL media.

Populates, edits, reviews and corrects metadata in catalog records, and auxiliary databases.

Assists in compiling and reporting data on Library operations and activities.

Carries out research and compiles information in response to specific information requests.

Assists and trains users to access RFE/RL databases to research and find media.

To apply:

Please quote vacancy number: MLT1234-1601.

For consideration, applicants should send:

1) Detailed CV/resume, specifying educational and professional qualifications;

2) Cover letter referring to the vacancy number of the position, stating your interest, outlining your experience relevant to this position and your salary requirements. Send your CV and Cover letter to:

This position will remain open until best-qualified candidate is selected. Due to the high volume of applications we receive for each job, in many cases we will only contact you if you have been selected for an interview. Thank you for your understanding.

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is an international broadcast organization based in Washington, D.C. and Prague, Czech Republic. RFE/RL's programs -- via radio, the Internet, and television -- reach influential people in 23 countries, including Afghanistan, Iran, Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asian nations. RFE/RL's mission is to provide accurate and reliable news and information to domestic audiences in the local language. RFE/RL broadcasts in 26 languages and attracts more than 26 million weekly listeners and online visitors. With more than 400 journalists, 750 freelancers, and 17 local bureaus, RFE/RL is one of the most comprehensive news operations in the world. It is funded by the U.S. Congress through the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG).