Supervisor, Metadata Librarian

Washington, D.C.
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Created: February 25, 2016


The National Geographic Society Library seeks an energetic, knowledgeable and self-motivated supervisory metadata librarian to specialize in the creation, analysis and maintenance of digital and print collections. Incumbent will employ independent, critical thinking, embrace change and seek out new opportunities for innovation and improvement to arrive at new solutions to both new and traditional information management challenges.

The supervisory librarian is responsible for collecting, preserving, and presenting print and digital information in all formats, creating and applying metadata schemas and indexing to institutional data repositories, bibliographic and archival databases and collections, books, ebooks and other items, as required. This includes metadata application, creating and applying controlled vocabularies, authority and quality control, and other duties associated with the creation and maintenance and access of item- and collection-level data for a variety of print and digital content and materials. 

This position requires a firm and broad conceptual understanding of metadata principles and archival and digital collection technologies and the ability to apply and adapt them to existing and emerging media in a variety of formats. The Librarian will participate in the management of e-resources and assist with the expansion of online collections and new digital initiatives. This person will acts as an active partner with technology vendors, providing feedback, suggesting improvements, and keeping the needs of the clients in the forefront.

When required, this individual provides reference services and processes payments for all print and digital monographs, serials, databases, and other acquisitions: places orders, processes renewals, and resolves complex service problems.


Applies metadata for a wide range of formats, including serials, non-print materials, and e-resources, using current and emerging metadata schemas, principles and practices such as MARC, Library of Congress classification, Dublin Core, RDA and XML. (40%)

Administers discovery systems, including Polaris and Springshare Libguides, to ensure reliable access to subscription-based information and research resources. Administers the OCLC interlibrary lending management system upgrades and provides interlibrary loan services. (20%)

Provides reference services as needed and processes payments for all print and digital monographs, serials, databases, office supply and other acquisitions: places orders, processes renewals, and resolves complex service problems.  (25%)

Provides expert metadata consulting services for Library and enterprise projects. Employs emerging metadata schemas to link content across multiple data repositories, and improve search optimization and discoverability of internal and external data. (10%)

Determines current and future library automation requirements, recommends solutions and changes. (5%)

Project management experience.

Knowledge of, and experience in applying electronic, traditional and emerging metadata standards (AACR2, Library of Congress classification and subjects, MARC formats).

Experience in an automated environment using Polaris or similar cataloging environment.

Experience using OCLC Iliad or similar automated interlibrary services system

Demonstrated knowledge of metadata schemas (MARC, Library of Congress classification, Dublin Core, RDA, XML, RDF).

Effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills with ability to communicate complex information effectively

Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively within a team-based environment.

Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and projects.

Ability to operate, maintain and evaluate data and digitization management systems.

Ability to learn specialized library software and hardware applications.

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