Metadata Librarian for Specialized Collections

Tempe, AZ
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Created: July 15, 2019


Metadata Librarian for Specialized Collections

Are you interested in working at the most innovative university in the country?

Ranked #1 for innovation three years in a row by U.S. News and World Report, Arizona State University has become the foundational model for a new paradigm for public higher education – committed to access, excellence and impact – and is now actively engaged in building a new library for the 21st century.

Serving as a critical gateway to ASU’s growing research and knowledge enterprise, ASU Library works to collaborate, educate and innovate across disciplines, communities and technologies, while leveraging key research and learning opportunities that are unique to ASU.

The ASU Library seeks a highly motivated, collaborative and service-oriented Metadata Librarian for Specialized Collections to develop and coordinate metadata initiatives for ASU Library’s special collections and archival resources, including rare books, photographic and manuscript collections, and digital objects.

Working under the direction of the Head of Acquisition and Metadata Services, the Metadata Librarian for Specialized Collections creates and edits metadata for physical and digital specialized collections and archival resources; develops priorities, policies and procedures in conjunction with archival, specialized collections, repository services and metadata staff; identifies and resolves metadata-related problems and issues; and creates, monitors and adjusts workflows as needed.

The Metadata Librarian for Specialized Collections contributes to the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC); provides training to metadata staff; participates in the creation, development and implementation of unit and team policies and procedures; and maintains a high-level working knowledge of national and international theory and practice pertaining to librarianship, specifically specialized collections.

A center of energy, imagination and innovation, ASU Library is home to eight library facilities across four ASU campus locations – providing students and faculty access to millions of information resources, world-class collections, outstanding study spaces, advanced data centers, and a suite of makerspaces and creative services. More information about the library can be found at

Required qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in library and/or information science from an American Library Association accredited program
  • Minimum two years of experience with cataloging of specialized/distinctive collections and/or rare books
  • Working knowledge of AACR2 and/or RDA, DCRM(B), LCSH, LC classification system, and MARC content designation

Preferred qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of non-MARC metadata schema and standards, such as Dublin Core, MODS, EAD, DACS, and/or CCO
  • Experience providing original cataloging for specialized/distinctive collections and/or rare books, preferably in a large research library
  • Knowledge of authority control theory and practice
  • Experience with OCLC or similar utility and its practice
  • Experience with XML, XSLT, and/or other data normalization and transformation tools
  • Broad academic background, particularly in the humanities
  • Training experience 
  • Supervisory experience
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills
  • Reading knowledge of one or more languages other than English

Salary and Rank: This is a continuing track Academic Professional position; Assistant/Associate Librarian and salary dependent upon experience.

Application Procedures: Application packet consists of a cover letter, comprehensive vita or resume, and names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of 3 recent professional references. The application should be sent as a single (one) complete electronic file to Lillie Johnson ( Questions about the position should be directed to Daniel Jergovic, Head of Acquisitions and Metadata (

Application Deadline: Application deadline is July 24, 2019; applications will be reviewed weekly thereafter until the search is closed.

Other Information: Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States. A background check is required for employment. For more information regarding ASU, visit our website: For more information about the Phoenix metropolitan area, please visit

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Women and minorities are welcomed and encouraged to apply.

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Published: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 01:40 UTC

Last updated: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 01:40 UTC