Metadata and Cataloging Specialist

New York City
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Created: October 17, 2014


\Under moderate supervision, and with significant latitude for independent judgment, the Metadata and Cataloging Specialist (MC Specialist) reports to the Head of Technical Services. The MC Specialist creates original cataloging of print/digital materials in a variety of formats in a mixed RDA/AACR2 environment using the MARC standard and is expected to work with other metadata standards and schemas (BIBFRAME, EAD, Dublin Core) as the need arises. The incumbent performs subject analysis and classification using LCSH and Dewey Decimal Classification and is expected to work with other thesauri and organizational systems when the need arises. The incumbent is responsible for initiating and managing authority control, metadata quality control, and bibliographic database problem resolution to ensure metadata and authority records meet local and professional standards. The incumbent works closely with other library staff to establish and document relevant policies, procedures, and efficient workflows to support the discovery of and access to the Library's bibliographic and digital content in the Libraries' catalog through metadata quality assurance, enrichment, and maintenance according to local and national cataloging and metadata standards. As a part of the MC Specialist's learning community in the Libraries, the incumbent provides training to staff in database maintenance and data quality control.

This is a part-time 17.5 hours per week temporary appointment through June 30, 2015.

  • Creates and maintains high quality descriptive, administrative and technical metadata for serials, monographs, and electronic resources conforming to local and professional standards.
  • Performs complex database maintenance by resolving conflicts, improving, or correcting bibliographic, item, holdings and/or authority records in the Libraries' online catalog.
  • Engages in routine authority work to ensure proper control practices are maintained; works with Libraries' authority processing vendor to ensure consistent standards and practices are sustained.
  • Develops and participates in metadata cleanup and migration projects.
  • Works with the Head of Technical Services in setting metadata standards and maintaining cataloging guidelines for serials, monographs, and electronic resources.
  • Maintains knowledge of, and provides guidance on, the use of various established and evolving metadata schemas for serials, monographs, and electronic resources.
  • Participates in the training of Technical Services staff and student assistants.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.


An MLS degree, or equivalent, plus minimum of two years experience working in cataloging and/or metadata; or equivalent combination of education and experience required; BA or minor in an arts-related field preferred.


Must have at least two years' experience in (i) cataloging or metadata management in a library, museum, or archive setting and (ii) handling rare or fragile materials, such as prints, book works, and incunabula. Experience managing projects and people preferred.


Must have strong verbal, written and interpersonal skills, in addition to being highly organized and able to work as part of a team. Must have expertise using the Microsoft Office Suit, integrated library systems software (e.g. Millennium, Voyager, and Aleph), and other cataloging tools (e.g. OCLC Connexion, Cataloger's Desktop, and the RDA Toolkit). Must have experience applying content standards (e.g. AACR2, RDA, and Dublin Core) and authorities (e.g. LCSH, LCNAF, and AAT), as well as an excellent understanding of MARC.

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