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The University's best practices is to build and/or support student academic success and retention, and assist in meeting strategic objectives for persistence and timely graduation of all the student population.

Assistant/Associate Cataloging & Metadata Librarian

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Categories: Other Staff Positions




DIVISION:  Academic & Student Affairs          

DEPARTMENT:  Library - Technical Services                 

Bargaining Unit Status:  AFT   Faculty Federation  

EEO Status:  3.4       

Job Code:  243     

FLSA Status:  Exempt   


Assistant Librarian $55,330

Associate Librarian $64,796                                                                   

Reports To:  Division Head, Library Technical Services

Supervises:  Library support staff and student personnel

SUMMARY PURPOSE OF POSITION: The Cataloging and Metadata Services Librarian focuses on the creation, maintenance, and enrichment of metadata representing the library’s digital, physical, and virtual collections. The Cataloging and Metadata Services Librarian is responsible for the cataloging of materials in all formats, including print and digital resources. Works closely with colleagues to evaluate and document policies, procedures and workflows for cataloging, database maintenance and non-MARC metadata creation within the library. Collaborates with Library Systems & Digital Services, Archives & Special Collections and other departments to help establish metadata policies and procedures for digital projects. Serves as a forward-thinking leader within and beyond Library Technical Services on matters of resource description and metadata management.

Librarians, like all library staff, have leadership responsibilities regardless of their position within Library Services. Leadership for librarians includes activities such as contributing to goals and strategic library directions through active participation on committees, teams, and task forces and sharing expertise throughout the library in order to further library and university missions. Librarians participate in other department, library, university, and professional activities, as appropriate.

Follow the University’s best practices to build and/or support student academic success and retention, and assist in meeting strategic objectives for persistence and timely graduation of all the student population.


  • Manages daily work in the cataloging department including original cataloging, copy cataloging, metadata creation, and database maintenance; supervises, trains and evaluates student and library staff.
  • Develops policies, goals, and procedures for the cataloging department with a special emphasis on metadata projects.
  • Performs original and copy cataloging, creates and maintains metadata for library materials in all formats, including books, serials, audio-visual, digital and electronic resources.
  • Creates original MARC and non-MARC metadata records following RDA, Library of Congress Classification Schedules and LCSH as well as other developing standards and schemas (e.g., BIBFRAME, Dublin Core).
  • Responsible for oversight of all aspects of record quality and catalog integrity.
  • Creates, reviews and edits metadata for digital collections and oversees quality control for non-MARC metadata processes and projects.
  • Facilitates the creation, maintenance and enhancement of metadata across multiple discovery platforms and library systems including use of applicable tools for manipulating data (e.g., MARCedit, XML, normalization rules).
  • Works with Library Systems & Digital Services (LSDS) in identifying and creating record format specifications and developing procedures for importing/exporting, batch data processing, publishing, and integrating records from multiple sources in MARC and non-MARC schema.
  • Performs global data changes as necessary in Alma in collaboration with LSDS.
  • Develops metadata policies including descriptive, administrative, and technical metadata schemas for digital collections appropriate for the library's current and future systems including Primo, Drupal, Fedora, Omeka and other content management systems in collaboration with LSDS and Archives & Special Collections.
  • Participates in development of library’s discovery service (currently Ex Libris Primo).
  • Participates in the inventory and ongoing weeding of the collection; works closely with LSDS in executing weeding project plans, generating reports and batch data processing.
  • Compiles and analyzes annual cataloging statistics for reporting to internal and external agencies.
  • Works closely with the serials librarian in cataloging electronic resources and activating link resolution services in Alma.
  • Develops training materials and documentation for library staff in the application of metadata standards and cataloging policy and procedures.
  • Maintains knowledge of and engages in continuous professional development to keep up with current and developing standards and practices for metadata and cataloging.
  • May serve as liaison and leads efforts between internal and external partners on collaborative cataloging and metadata projects such as interdisciplinary data sets and department collections.
  • May participate in the delivery of reference service by staffing the reference desk.
  • Serves on library and university committees.
  • Performs other duties as required or assigned.


EDUCATION: Master’s Degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution of higher education or equivalent.


  • Experience cataloging and creating metadata for materials in all formats, including electronic/digital resources.
  • Experience using cataloging standards and tools such as AACR2/RDA, MARC, LCC, LCSH, MARC21 and OCLC Connexion.
  • Experience in creating and editing non-MARC metadata using standards and schema such as Dublin Core, EAD, etc.
  • Experience with integrated library systems or unified resource management systems, and online bibliographic utilities.

Applicants must be authorized for employment in the U.S. on a full time basis. Employment-based visa sponsorship not available.


  • Working knowledge of cataloging standards and tools including AACR2/RDA, LCC, LCSH, MARC21, FRBR, OCLC WorldCat, and OCLC Connexion.
  • Knowledge of one or more non-MARC metadata schemes such as Dublin Core, EAD, METS, MODS, etc.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Proven capability for managing a variety of tasks and multiple priorities.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated initiative and proven ability to learn new technologies and adapt to changes in the profession.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications (especially MS Excel).
  • Proven ability and willingness to share expertise with colleagues.
  • Strong service orientation and awareness of end user needs as related to cataloging policies and procedures.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication.


  • Experience with metadata issues related to the discovery of academic resources with next-generation discovery platforms and other web-based search engines.
  • Experience planning and implementing metadata schema for digital collections.
  • Demonstrated effective supervisory or leadership experience.

To apply please submit online a letter of interest, current resume and the contact information for three professional references.

The review of applications will begin November 20, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

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