Cataloging and Metadata Librarian

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Created: September 17, 2012


Virginia Military Institute is accepting applications for a Cataloging and Metadata Librarian.

Position Summary: This position provides organization and bibliographic control of library resources in all formats. Responsible for cataloging, metadata, quality control, knowledge of changing metadata standards, knowledge of indexing and metadata processes, and other duties associated with the creation and maintenance of data related to Preston Library collections. As a new professional position in the library, the Cataloging and Metadata Librarian reports to the Head of Technical Services and will help chart the library's long-range plans for cataloging collections and supporting digital initiatives.  Preston Library participates in and supports the teaching and research missions of the Virginia Military Institute by providing services, collections, staff, and facilities that enrich and inform the educational experience and promote a lifelong commitment to learning.

Primary Responsibilities:  Perform original, copy, and adaptive cataloging in all formats utilizing OCLC’s Connexion, CONTENTdm, WordCat Local KnowledgeBase, and Koha. Participate in retrospective conversion projects, resolve database maintenance problems, and work with paraprofessional staff in cataloging and maintenance operations. Responsible for quality control of data. Support Archives digital initiatives. Maintain knowledge of current cataloging practices and automated bibliographic access. Participate in developing and implementing cataloging policies and procedures.  Other duties may include providing research assistance to students and faculty through participation in the evening and weekend reference desk schedule.

Required Qualifications: Knowledge of the definition, structure, and formats of information; experience in cataloging, subject analysis, classification, and authority control; knowledge of current and emerging national and international cataloging/archival/metadata standards and practices including AACR2, RDA, FRBR, LCSH, LC classification; knowledge of and experience with MARC and non-MARC metadata schema, including RDA, Dublin Core, EAD, MARCXML and other emerging data standards. Knowledge of CSS, XML, XSLT and XPath. Proficiency in understanding data structures and developing SQL queries. Demonstrate organizational, analytical, decision-making, problem-solving and planning skills. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing and work effectively in a team environment. Experience with an ILS; experience with OCLC Connexion and WorldCat; sound database query skills.

The successful candidate should possess a Master of Library Science (MLS) or equivalent degree at the time of appointment and have sufficient experience with integrated library systems performing original and copy cataloging. Strong commitment to service.

Preferred Qualifications: Knowledge of one or more digital repository systems – preferably CONTENTdm; knowledge of trends in library automation; ability to participate in the development, evaluation, documentation, and implementation of cataloging and metadata policies, standards, goals and procedures. Knowledge of database structure and open source software. Experience with programming in one or more of the following languages: Javascript, JQuery, Perl, PHP, ASP.NET, Python or Ruby on Rails. Effective supervisory experience.

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