Cataloging & Metadata Librarian (Spanish Language Specialist)

Coral Gables
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Created: August 2, 2016


The University of Miami Libraries seeks applications for an innovative and collaborative professional for the position of Cataloging & Metadata Librarian (Spanish Language Specialist). This position will support the discovery of and access to the Libraries’ physical and digital content through resource description activities. Reporting to the Head of Metadata & Discovery Services, the incumbent will be responsible for resource description and authority work for Spanish language materials across all libraries and all materials of the distinctive and general collections, with strong liaison work with the Cuban Heritage Collection.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Performs original and complex copy cataloging of Spanish language materials for all collections in all formats (mostly monographs, serials, CDs, DVDs, artists’ books) in the MARC format. Serves as a liaison to the Cuban Heritage Collection and is the primary cataloger for the Cuban Heritage Collection.
  • Contributes to metadata creation activities for local digital collections and assists with high priority original cataloging for general collections, as needed.
  • Establishes and revises practices, workflows, and procedures for providing bibliographic access through various discovery tools in conjunction with other faculty and staff.
  • Identifies, develops, and oversees cataloging projects, which may include developing policies, documenting procedures, maintaining statistics, and managing workflows with colleagues.
  • Resolves problems to ensure bibliographic, holdings, and authority records meet local and national standards.
  • Supervises, trains, and helps evaluate cataloging staff and students.
  • Partners with the Special Collections Metadata and Cataloging Librarian, Digital Initiatives Metadata Librarian, Cuban Heritage Collection Archivist, and Digital Production staff to aid in resource description of physical and digital distinctive collection materials.
  • Maintains awareness of general trends and changes affecting resource description and discovery environments.
  • Demonstrates commitment to user-centered library service and the ability to work flexibly and creatively in a changing and fast-paced environment with a culturally diverse population.
  • Evidence of continued professional development, involvement, and contribution.
  • Serves on/participates in University and Library committees, task forces, and teams as appropriate.
  • Networks, collaborates and actively participates in local, regional, national, or international organizations regarding issues in librarianship, cataloging, and metadata creation.
  • Represents and promotes the University of Miami Libraries in local, state-wide, regional, national, or international organizations, as appropriate.


  • Master’s degree from an ALA accredited library science program or ALA approved foreign equivalent.
  • Knowledge of resource description standards, formats, and schemes including but not limited to: RDA, Dublin Core, XML, MARC bibliographic and authority formats.
  • Relevant library experience, including at least one year of experience in MARC cataloging.
  • Excellent communication skills (reading, writing, speaking) in Spanish and in English.
  • Interest in Latin American Studies and/or Cuban Studies.
  • Experience working with library management systems, discovery tools, and OCLC Connexion.
  • Demonstrated ability to work quickly and accurately in a service and production-oriented environment.
  • Ability to adapt to and embrace a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment, where there will be experimentation in resource description practices and communication formats.
  • Ability to work independently, collaboratively, and in teams within the Library and University.
  • Excellent analytical, time management, and problem-solving skills.

  • Reading knowledge of one or more foreign languages beyond Spanish (Portuguese, French, Haitian Creole preferred).
  • Experience contributing to the Program for Cooperative Cataloging’s NACO program.
  • Experience with metadata creation for digital objects within a digital content management system.
  • Experience using Ex Libris’ Alma library management system and electronic cataloging support tools (Classification Web, Cataloger’s Desktop).
  • Supervisory experience; ability to motivate staff, set priorities, and lead projects.

UNIVERSITY: The University of Miami is considered among the top tier institutions of higher education in the U.S. for its academic excellence, superior medical care, and cutting-edge research. The University is committed to attracting a talented workforce to support our common purpose of transforming lives through teaching, research, and service. Through its values of Diversity, Integrity, Responsibility, Excellence, Compassion, Creativity and Teamwork (DIRECCT), the University strives to create an environment where everyone contributes in making UM a great place to work. It is one of the largest private employers in Miami-Dade County; home to more than 13,400 faculty and staff from all over the world.

THE LIBRARY: The University of Miami Libraries ( rank among the top research libraries in North America with a collection of over 3.6 million volumes and 99,060 current serials titles, including 97,074 electronic journals. The Otto G. Richter Library lies in the center of the Coral Gables campus and serves as the central library for the University. Other University of Miami libraries include the Paul Buisson Architecture Library, the Judi Prokop Newman Business Information Resource Center, the Marta & Austin Weeks Music Library, and the Marine and Atmospheric Science Library. The University also has independent medical and law libraries. The Libraries provide support and services for approximately 11,123 undergraduates, 5,725 graduate students, and 14,604 full and part time faculty and staff. Excluding the independent libraries, the University Libraries employ 62 professional and 74 support staff and are a member of ARL, ASERL, CLIR, CRL, NERL, OCLC Research Library Partners, HathiTrust, APTrust, DPN, SEFLIN and Lyrasis.

THE DEPARTMENT: The Metadata & Discovery Services Department improves the discovery of and access to the library resources across multiple library platforms, including the Library catalog and Digital Collections.  This resource description and discovery work serves to describe all physical and electronic resources acquired and retained by the library through up-to-date cataloging and metadata practices. Librarians and staff members
engage external and internal users about metadata standards, production, transformation, and consulting
services. This department has nine non-exempt staff members, one exempt administrative professional, and five
Librarian Faculty members. We are positioned within the Libraries’ Information Management & Systems Division
(Access Services, Metadata & Discovery Services, Systems, Web & Emerging Technologies) and are located on the
third floor of the Richter Library.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. This is a non-tenure track faculty appointment at the Librarian Assistant or Associate Professor rank. The position offers a comprehensive benefits package including: TIAA-CREF; medical and dental insurance; life, disability, and long-term care insurance available; tuition remission; 13 paid holidays; and 22 days annual vacation. Additional employment benefits available include credit union; Employee Assistance Program; bookstore, and sporting event discounts; optional fee-based membership in a state-of-the-art wellness center, and no state or local income taxes. More information on benefits can be found at:

APPLICATIONS AND NOMINATIONS: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; however, applications received by Monday, August 29th will receive priority consideration. Applications should be submitted electronically and must include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and the names of three references. Send nominations and applications to:

Human Resources Manager
Otto G. Richter Library
University of Miami
P.O. Box 248214
Coral Gables, FL 33124-0320

The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. The University
has a strong commitment to diversity and encourages applications from candidates of diverse
cultural backgrounds

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