Cataloging and Metadata Strategies Librarian

Las Vegas, NV
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Created: August 14, 2017


The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for a Cataloging and Metadata Strategies Librarian, University Libraries [18502]

Founded in 1957, UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution of approximately 29,000 students and 3,000 faculty and staff that is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a research university with high research activity. UNLV offers a broad range of respected academic programs and is on a path to join the top tier of national public research universities.

The university is committed to enhancing efforts to attract and retain top students and faculty, educating the region's diversifying population and workforce, driving economic activity through increased research and community partnerships, and creating an academic health center for Southern Nevada that includes the launch of a new UNLV School of Medicine. UNLV is located on a 332-acre main campus and two satellite campuses in Southern Nevada.

Profile of the University Libraries 
As a strong partner in student learning, UNLV Libraries fosters critical thinking and lifelong learning with innovative services, entrepreneurial staff, outstanding digital collections, up-to-date technology and internationally renowned Special Collections, including two research centers: The Center for Gaming Research and The Oral History Research Center. University Libraries is comprised of Lied Library and three branch libraries and we are a gateway to more than 20,000 electronic journals and 1.7 million books, including e-books. We welcome individuals with diverse backgrounds to join our growing organization of over 120 experienced faculty librarians and staff members supporting teaching, learning, research and creative endeavors at one of the nation's fastest growing universities.

The Libraries are in the process of migrating to the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Primo discovery layer.

The successful candidate will demonstrate support for diversity, equity and inclusiveness as well as participate in maintaining a respectful, positive work environment.

Reporting to the Head of Discovery Services, the Cataloging and Metadata Strategies Librarian will work to enable timely, comprehensive and effective discovery of all Libraries' collections.

The Libraries' strategic plan sets direction for optimizing the growth, dissemination and discovery of the Libraries' diverse, multi-format and unique collections in several areas including regional collections and UNLV research outputs. The Cataloging and Metadata Strategies Librarian's specific portfolio will include MARC-based cataloging to support the discovery of these collections. Cataloging will be completed to local, national and international standards with original cataloging records contributed to OCLC WorldCat. To advance discovery initiatives and ensure metadata interoperability for these materials, the incumbent will also provide metadata oversight for the Libraries' institutional repository, DigitalScholarship@UNLV.

The Cataloging and Metadata Strategies Librarian will work with library catalogers to lead the strategic adoption of new standards and vocabularies for the library catalog and the remediation of metadata to meet current standards and vocabularies. To provide for consistent discovery of the Libraries' collections, the incumbent will also collaborate with library catalogers and other library departments with metadata responsibilities to address common authority control needs, especially in preparation for broader adoption of linked data.

The Cataloging and Metadata Strategies Librarian may also serve as the lead cataloger for additional specific portions of the Libraries' collections to be assigned based on the candidate's interests and skill set within the context of the priorities of the Libraries and the Libraries' strategic plan.

As a faculty member, the incumbent will be expected to engage in scholarly activities and to provide service to the university, community, and profession in accordance with UNLV and University Libraries standards for promotion and tenure.

Required qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited master's degree in library or information science.
  • Strong working knowledge of cataloging standards and practices (both MARC and non-MARC).
  • Two years of recent original cataloging experience using OCLC Connexion and contributing records to OCLC WorldCat.
  • Experience cataloging using RDA, LCC and LCSH.
  • Experience reconciling or remediating metadata to meet standards.
  • Experience with name/subject authority work.
  • Knowledge of linked data principles and emerging library frameworks (e.g. BIBFRAME.)
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with others.
  • Aptitude for complex, analytical, and technical work with an attention to detail.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and competing deadlines.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience with the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Primo discovery layer.
  • Experience in a specialized area of cataloging such as health sciences (using NLM call numbers and MeSH), government documents, or serials.

This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position at Rank II (tenure-track) or Rank III (tenured); ranks equivalent to an Assistant or Associate Professor. Salary range starts at $ 65,000 - salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience and qualifications. In addition, University Libraries is committed to and helps fund professional development opportunities. Salaries are competitive with those at similarly situated institutions and dependent upon labor market. Positions are contingent upon funding.


Submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume listing qualifications and experience, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least three professional references who may be contacted. Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience, with specific reference to each of the minimum and preferred qualifications because this is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based.

Although this position will remain open until filled, review of candidates' materials will begin on September 12, 2017 and best consideration will be gained for materials submitted prior to that date. Materials should be addressed to Cataloging and Metadata Strategies Librarian, Search Committee Chair, and are to be submitted via on-line application at For assistance with UNLV's on-line applicant portal, contact UNLV Employment Services at (702) 895-3504 or

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