Metadata and Cataloging Librarian

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Created: June 28, 2014


The George Mason University Libraries seeks a creative, collaborative, and energetic librarian to complement its Resource Description and Metadata Services Department. The department is currently transitioning to an era of greater flexibility in processing electronic and nontraditional library materials and the adoption of new standards. The successful candidate will serve as the primary resource for non-MARC metadata and will play a vital role in establishing practices and standards for non-MARC metadata creation across the libraries.

Duties Include: establishing procedures for creation and maintenance of metadata for digital and nontraditional library collections; working with other library departments to establish procedures for metadata creation; perform quality control on metadata for digital collections; transform metadata using XSLT for ingest into our institutional repository and digital collections platform; maintaining knowledge of current description standards such as RDA, Linked Data/BIBFRAME, and emerging metadata standards; guiding and training library staff in adoption of these trends; and serving on library committees and teams as assigned; may manage student assistants. As a member of the RDMS department, the successful candidate is also expected to catalog some library materials using traditional rules (RDA, LCSH, LCC, MARC21, NACO authority work, etc.). This position reports to the Head, Resource Description & Metadata Services.

Required Qualifications:
  • An ALA-accredited MLS or ALA-recognized foreign equivalent at the time of appointment
  • Demonstrated experience with Dublin Core, MARC21, AACR2, RDA, LCSH, LCC
  • Experience transforming XML metadata with XSLT
  • Experience with an XML editor such as Oxygen
  • Familiarity with authority work
  • An understanding of controlled vocabularies, taxonomies, and ontologies
  • Good organizational skills & attention to detail
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience working in a team environment
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with EAD, MODS, VRA Core
  • NACO training
  • Knowledge of or experience with designing macros
  • An awareness of cataloging issues and trends, especially Linked Data and BIBFRAME
  • Knowledge of integrated library systems and content management systems
  • Supervisory experience
  • Reading knowledge of at least one foreign language
Appointment/Benefits/Application Information:
12-month professional faculty appointment with rank dependent on qualifications and experience. Salary: competitive and commensurate with qualifications, experience, and rank. Benefits information and application instructions are available at All applications for this position (FA606z) MUST be submitted online at Review of applications will begin on August 1, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled. Questions should be directed to Debra Hogan, Executive Assistant to the University Librarian, at

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