Performing Arts Cataloger/Metadata Librarian

Santa Barbara
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Created: September 13, 2013


The University of California, Santa Barbara, one of ten campuses of the University of California system, is seeking dynamic, flexible, and highly motivated candidates for the position of Performing Arts Cataloger/Metadata Librarian to provide leadership in creating, reviewing, editing metadata for Library-led digitization and data curation efforts in the area of performing arts collections.


Reporting to Head of Cataloging & Metadata Services (CMS), the Performing Arts Cataloger/Metadata Librarian has responsibility for providing cataloging and metadata services for the Library’s performing arts collections in all formats, including but not limited to video recordings, sound recordings, electronic resources, and born-digital contents. The incumbent is responsible for creating, reviewing, and editing metadata for performing arts collections, working with colleagues to support the discovery of and access to the Library’s digital content through metadata creation, analysis, enrichment, and maintenance according to local and national cataloging and metadata standards. In addition, the incumbent is responsible for original cataloging and classification of music scores and sound recordings for the Music Library and Special Collections and training of the related individuals. Revises the work of the individuals responsible for the copy cataloging of scores and audiovisual materials for the Music Library and Special Collections as required. Actively participates in creating or modifying NACO authority records for personal and corporate names and series, and SACO authority records for music genres and mediums of performance as appropriate. The incumbent is responsible for creating, and reviewing metadata for Library-led digitization and data curation efforts in the area of performing arts collections. Participates in the development, evaluation, and implementation of metadata policies, standards, goals, procedures, and workflows in cooperation with necessary stakeholders.


Required: ALA accredited MLS. Demonstrated knowledge and minimum two years professional-level experience in original cataloging of music/media resources (including scores and sound recordings) and special collection materials. Knowledge of AACR2, RDA, LCSH, LC Classification, DACS, music cataloging decisions and MARC 21. Familiarity with two or more non-MARC metadata standards and schemas, such as Dublin Core, EAD, VRACore, MODS, METS, TEI, and PBCore. Knowledge of trends in information access pertaining to libraries, and cataloging librarianship. Ability to work independently and collaboratively, prioritizing work to ensure that departmental and library goals are realized. Excellent organizational skills, proven problem solving ability, and flexibility. Demonstrated initiative in fostering new ideas and in implementing change. Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

Preferred: Demonstrated interest in music and the performing arts. Knowledge of one or more European languages. Experience with Archivists’ Toolkit and NACO, BIBCO or other PCC programs.


Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Librarians at the University of California, Santa Barbara are professional academic appointees who accrue vacation at the rate of two days per month and sick leave at the rate of one day per month.  The University has an excellent retirement system which is coordinated with Social Security.  A selection of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans are offered by the University.


•Consideration of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled; applications received by Monday, October 21 will receive first consideration.

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•Appointment and/or continued employment is contingent on successful completion of a background check.

The Library is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.  The University of California is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer.

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