Metadata and Scholarly Publishing Librarian

Washington, DC
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Created: August 15, 2018



Position Description: Metadata and Scholarly Publishing Librarian
The Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library provides library services and educational support to the students, staff, and faculty of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Milken Institute School of Public Health, and the School of Nursing. Applications are welcomed for a Metadata and Scholarly Publishing Librarian to join the library operations team. Responsibilities include managing all cataloging and organization of the current collections and content of the library and the institutional repository. The minimum salary for this full-time position is $54,500. The University also provides a generous benefits package. For a complete position description, go to

Position Summary: 

Duties and Responsibilities:

1.      Develops and creates metadata for Himmelfarb Library’s institutional repository, the Health Sciences Research Commons, directing the Metadata Specialist on input of resources to the system.  Collaborates with health sciences departments to solicit and organize resources for the IR.  Supports the University’s Open Access policy for archiving scholarly output.

2.      Organizes initiatives that support the scholarly publishing lifecycle, as appropriate.

3.      Supports the faculty with the creation of metadata for their data sets.

4.      Plans and directs the work of staff responsible for the cataloging, classification and organization of library materials in all formats (including monographs, analytics, electronic resources, audiovisuals, and software).

5.      Oversees the creation and management of bibliographic and authority files and item records.

6.      Performs original and copy cataloging using OCLC Connexion, RDA, MeSH, and LC classification.  Maintain authority records/files include MeSH, LC name, and series.

7.      Maintains current knowledge of the development of national and international cataloging, metadata, and linked data standards.  Provides leadership within the library on the organization of information.

8.      Participates in the Library's instructional program as an Informatics Tutor.

9.      Participates in the Library’s Liaison Program, working with one or more departments as assigned within the guidelines and expectations of the program.

10.  Oversees compilation of cataloging statistics.

11.  Coordinates with the Electronic Resources & Instructional Librarian and the Serials & Systems Librarian to ensure that the catalog and electronic resources are synchronized.

12.  Collaborates with the Acquisitions and Resource Sharing Librarian on projects related to maintenance of the print collections.

13.  Manages the current monographic holdings records in bibliographic utilities such as OCLC and WRLC Library Services.

14.  Writes, revises, and implements cataloging procedures and maintains an updated procedures and position manual accessible on shared drive, intranet or other system utilized to ensure its availability to all within the library.

15.  Maintains knowledge of current trends in librarianship and advances in technology and implementation in the library.

16.  Serve as Himmelfarb Library representative on the Washington Research Library Consortium Metadata Committee.

Minimum qualifications:

·         Masters in Library or Information Science (MLS) from an ALA-accredited school

·         Experience developing and/or managing an institutional repository system including developing policies, service models, and strategies for securing appropriate content

·         3 years of experience cataloging in all formats using an integrated library system and OCLC Connexion

·         Working knowledge of MARC21 bibliographic and authority formats; LC classification schedules; use, interpretation, and application of LC subject headings (LCSH) and/or NLM subject headings (MeSH); and

·         Working knowledge of metadata standards and schema used to describe and manage digital collections

Preferred qualifications:

Demonstrated oral and written communication skills
Demonstrated ability to solve problems and to work collaboratively
Knowledge of scholarly communication issues, Open Access initiatives, intellectual property and copyright issues, and new forms of publication and research/creative activities

Knowledge of or experience with Digital Commons software
Experience with  ExLibris’ integrated library system, Alma
Experience with cataloging of medical and health sciences materials
Name Authority Cooperative (NACO) certification
Supervisory experience
Working knowledge of FRBR, RDA, and emerging linked data standards
Instructional experience

To Apply: To be considered, applicants should complete an online faculty application at

and upload a letter of interest and a current CV. Review of applications will begin on 9/14/2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered. Employment offers are contingent on the satisfactory outcome of a standard background screening. For a complete position description, go to

The George Washington University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


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Last updated: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 15:32 UTC