Catalog and Metadata Management Library

New Orleans
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Created: August 6, 2018


Tulane University seeks an innovative and highly motivated professional to join the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library as the Catalog and Metadata Management Librarian.  Reporting to the Head of Cataloging and Metadata, this critical position will be responsible for ensuring the internal consistency and overall quality control of the library’s discovery systems.  The Library is in the process of choosing a third-generation library management system, and this position will be a key player in preparing for and moving to the newly chosen system.  In order to maintain the integrity of library records, the librarian will oversee enrichment and data cleanup projects using outsource vendors and batch processes, with the objective of positioning the catalog for linked open data readiness.  While the majority of the duties are rooted in traditional MARC data, the ideal candidate will be a creative and technologically proficient individual who will collaborate with metadata creators to ensure harmony between metadata standards used throughout the metadata ecosystem of Howard-Tilton. 

The librarian also administers authority control procedures for the Libraries and serves as the library’s NACO liaison for PCC.  With the assistance of assigned staff, the librarian oversees the post-authority processes, cataloging of Tulane University theses and dissertations, and departmental and ARL collection statistics processes. As a member of the Technical Services Division, the incumbent collaborates with other librarians in the division to plan and coordinate Technical Services policies, procedures, workflows, and projects.

Tulane University is an AAU/Carnegie I/ARL Research Institution and is ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the top forty national universities in the United States. Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is the University's main library, with a collection of more than 4.5 million physical items, nearly 1 million e-books, thousands of digital images, and tens of thousands of databases, electronic journals, streaming audio files, and other scholarly resources.  A recently-completed addition to the building added two new floors with expansive views of the campus and city of New Orleans and has quickly become a highly desirable space for studying and events.

The university is located in beautiful uptown New Orleans, bordering Audubon Park and the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line (listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places).  The booming Freret Street corridor and many unique shops and restaurants are close by.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Designs, oversees, and participates in catalog cleanup and enrichment projects based on internal reports, changes in cataloging standards or rules, system upgrades, and to prepare the catalog for linked open data readiness.  Creates reports using MS Access and 3rd party software or programming languages to query the local Voyager database for these projects.
  • Resolves complex catalog problems referred by staff.
  • Manages authority control processes, which includes extracting and sending MARC records to vendor, loading returned records, assigning problem reports to staff, and resolving problems with vendor.  Manages resultant changes or enhancements to bibliographic records in batch or single-record edit mode.
  • Serves as NACO liaison to PCC.  Coordinates NACO activities, monitors and submits SACO proposals on behalf of the library, and actively contributes new and revised name authority records to the NAF.
  • Oversees cataloging and processing workflow for Tulane University theses and dissertations.
  • Oversees the collection, tabulation, distribution, and preservation of departmental and ARL collection statistics.
  • Hires, trains, supervises, and evaluates assigned staff.
  • Maintains documentation for areas of responsibility.
  • Maintains knowledge of current resource description standards such as RDA, Linked Data, BIBFRAME, and emerging trends in identity management.
  • Participates in planning and coordination of Technical Services policies, procedures, workflows, and projects.
  • Contributes to the work of the Tulane University Libraries, particularly Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, through service on committees, task forces, and other collaborative projects.
  • Participates in national and international professional organizations and activities.
  • Other duties and responsibilities, as assigned.



  • ALA-accredited MLS
  • Minimum 3 years original cataloging experience using RDA, AACR2R, LCSH, LCC, MARC 21 formats
  • Minimum 1 year supervisory experience


  • Experience using OCLC Connexion and an ILS
  • Experience with authority control processes and utilizing the Library of Congress National Authority File records
  • Experience using MS Access, SQL, or other programming language to query library database
  • Experience with software for editing data in bulk, such as MarcEdit, OpenRefine, pyMARC, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and solve problems
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and complete complex tasks
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively, in a rapidly changing and culturally diverse environment
  • Ability to plan, implement, and direct multiple projects
  • Ability to make sound decisions in a fast-paced, production-oriented environment
  • Ability to communicate effectively using oral and written means
  • Knowledge of emerging standards, tools, and developments in resource description and access and identity management, such as BIBFRAME, Linked Open Data, VIAF, ISNI, and ORCID.
  • Strong commitment to continued professional development


  • Experience with database management or working with large datasets
  • Experience creating and/or editing NACO records
  • Reading knowledge of a Western European language


Open date for this position is May 29, 2018.  To ensure full consideration, applicants must submit a letter of application, resume, and the names with full contact information of at least three professional references via the online Interfolio system using the attached link. Review of applications will begin August 31, 2018, and continue until a suitable candidate is selected.

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Librarians at Tulane are academic appointees who do not have tenure or faculty status, but who receive the benefits of faculty, including a choice of health plans, retirement plans, tuition waiver for themselves, and undergraduate tuition waiver for dependents.  Professional travel support is available.

Application Process

This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Tulane University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution committed to excellence through diversity. Tulane University will not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, marital status, military or veteran status, or any other status or classification protected by federal, state, or local law. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.


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Published: Monday, August 6, 2018 18:39 UTC

Last updated: Monday, August 6, 2018 18:39 UTC