Metadata and Collection Services Librarian

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Created: June 30, 2012


As a key member of the Resource Management Services unit, this position will:
  • Manage all aspects of the cataloging/metadata unit, including planning and procedures, description, processing and preservation. Supervise Metadata and Special Projects specialist and Library specialist, as well as student employees. May also supervise interns or volunteers.
  • In coordination with the Associate Director of Resource Management Services, set policy for metadata services.
  • Oversee the efficient creation of metadata for library collections in a wide range of formats, both electronic and physical.
  • Provide original cataloging as needed; perform complex copy cataloging; subject analysis; classification. Oversee and monitor authority control.
  • Collaborate with cataloging efforts and practices in the Orbis Cascade Alliance, a large academic library consortium to which Collins Memorial Library belongs.
  • Coordinate and supervise metadata efforts for exposing external university collections to users.
  • Collaborate with library colleagues on appropriate metadata planning and implementation for exposing contents of the Institutional Repository, Digital Collections and Archives.
  • Monitor national trends in metadata, cataloging and discovery; develop and implement best practices in these areas, particularly RDA and FRBR.
  • Thoroughly understand and exploit the cataloging module of the integrated library system, its relation to other discovery systems and consider its effects on users in determining procedures.
  • Develop crosswalks to convert data from one metadata schema to another with minimal manual intervention.
  • Actively participate in regional consortia, pursue continuing education and professional development opportunities.
  • Foster a work environment of productivity, assessment based planning and user centered practices.
  • Provide and/or organize training to keep appropriate staff current in job responsibilities and metadata skills.
  • Maintain essential records and statistics and prepare reports as needed.
  • Other duties as may be assigned by the Associate Director of Resource Management Services.

  • Graduate degree in library and information science from an ALA-accredited institution.
  • Demonstrated training or experience working in cataloging/metadata.
  • Demonstrated understanding of metadata principles and practices, such as those found in AACR2, RDA, Dublin Core and other emerging metadata schemes.
  • Demonstrated experience working with a bibliographic utility.
  • Awareness of current issues and trends in metadata development.
  • Ability to collaborate with others in designing and facilitating work processes across unit lines.
  • Ability to function effectively in an ambiguous and rapidly changing environment.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, time management and communication skills.
  • A commitment to quality service and to the ideals of a liberal arts education.
  • Demonstrated potential to be an effective supervisor.
  • Cataloging experience in a library-work environment, preferably academic.
  • Experience with content standards RDA, AACR2 and with FRBR concepts.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of classification standards LCSH and SuDocs.
  • Demonstrated experience working within a large, widely-used Integrated Library System (ILS) platform.
  • Demonstrated experience manipulating standards-based (such as MARC, XML) metadata using lower-level utilities (MarcEdit, oXygen) or scripting languages (such as Perl, PHP, XSL).
  • Demonstrated understanding of digital collections and the tools used to work with them.
  • Second language familiarity (Chinese, Japanese, French, Spanish or German preferred).
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise and mentor employees.

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