Head - Cataloging Services and Metadata Strategy

Philadelphia, PA
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Created: July 10, 2017



Come join Temple University Libraries! With an emphasis on Discovery, we are exploring the potential of metadata enrichment to better promote and expose the library's abundant resources and services. We are looking for a department head to serve as metadata strategist in multiple collaborations across the library, leading us in adoption of advancements in the field. Our new state-of-the-art library building, opening in 2018, is just one reason to explore your future at Temple Libraries.​ Temple University is a vibrant, urban research university with over 1,700 full-time faculty and a student body of 36,000 that is among the most diverse in the nation. For more information about Temple and Philadelphia, visit http://www.temple.edu/about/

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: 

Reporting to the Director of Library Technology and Knowledge Management, the Head of Cataloging Services and Metadata Strategy oversees the metadata practices governing the description of all of the library’s curated assets, ensuring optimal discovery. Supervises staff in the evolution of metadata practices and workflows related to MARC and Non-MARC formats, and serves as the library’s domain expert in emerging descriptive ontologies. The Head of Cataloging Services and Metadata Strategy will collaborate extensively with Library Technology Development, Special Collections, Digital Library Initiatives, and other departments to plan, implement, and integrate various metadata repositories, and to identify appropriate metadata schemes and standards for digital or other collections, and ensures optimal discovery through online interfaces. Additional responsibilities include training in the use of systems and software tools for batch processing, analyzing, editing, updating, and quality review of library metadata. Performs related duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:

ALA accredited Master’s in Library Science, or post graduate degree in a related discipline, and five (5) years post-MLS cataloging or database management experience in an academic, research, or large public library system to include supervisory and training experience. Experience using OCLC services, digital repository platforms, integrated library systems, and data manipulation tools including OpenRefine, XSLT, and MARCEdit.

Required Skills and Abilities:

* Knowledge of applicable national cataloging and database standards (AACR2rev, RDA, LCSH, LC classification)

* Advanced knowledge of traditional and emerging metadata schemes including MARC, Dublin Core, EAD, MODS, BibFrame, and other RDF based ontologies. 

* Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a complex and rapidly changing environment.    

* Excellent oral and written communication skills. 

* Evidence of ongoing professional growth and awareness of current/emerging trends in librarianship. 

Preferred Skills and Abilities:

* Evidence of strong planning and project management skills. 


Competitive salary and benefits package, including relocation allowance. 

To apply: 

To apply for this position, please visit www.temple.edu, click on Careers At Temple at the bottom of the home page, and reference 17002466.  For full consideration, please submit your completed electronic application, along with a cover letter and resume. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to cultural diversity.


Submitted by: david.lacy@villanova.edu

Published: Monday, July 10, 2017 20:27 UTC

Last updated: Monday, July 10, 2017 20:27 UTC