Metadata Services Manager

Washington, D.C.
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Created: October 20, 2012


Under the direction of Resource Description Coordinator, the incumbent is a member of Resource Description Group (RDG) and the greater metadata management group within The George Washington University Libraries. The RDG is one of four units within the Content Management Department, a part of the Library’s Division of Digital Initiatives and Content Management. The RDG is responsible for describing and providing access to library collections including serial and monographic content in all formats. The Metadata Services Manager has the primary responsibility for creating original metadata, complex metadata revision, and authority work for the library’s general and special collections.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Performs original and complex metadata creation, editing, for all formats—print and non-print— that the Library collects in multiple languages and time periods according to national and local standards.
  • Works closely with, and supervises paraprofessionals in an innovative, fast paced and production-driven environment by taking full advantage of available metadata, helper applications, and emerging technology to augment, enhance and reuse the resource description and subject analyses for access to Library collections.
  • Assumes a leadership role in designing, implementing and conducting training, resource description, and data analysis for all Library projects where metadata is the essential component, including but not exclusively, manuscripts, archival materials, and digital content acquired from the Special Collections Research Center and other sources.
  • Participates in Library planning, serves on Library, University-wide and Washington Research Library Consortium committees.
  • The George Washington University librarians are expected to be active in librarianship information science, contribute to developments in the field and perform additional duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in library and information science from an ALA-accredited library program, or a Master’s degree in a related information field, or a doctorate degree
  • Minimum 2 years of creating metadata or cataloging experience in an academic library, museum, archive, a comparable research environment, or a metadata service provider
  • Minimum 1 year experience in supervision
  • Demonstrated experience in creating, editing, and transforming non-MARC metadata, such as EAD or others.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in basic organizational, descriptive, structural metadata standards and best practices, such as RDA, AACR, DACS, DCRM, MARC21, Dublin Core, MODS, etc., thesauri, controlled vocabulary, identity disambiguation
Desired Qualifications
  • Experience in using OCLC Connexion and an integrated library system, preferably Voyager
  • Familiarity with metadata creation for manuscripts, archival, rare and special collections materials
  • Experience in using open source tools and/or free software such as MarcEdit
  • Working knowledge of at least one modern European language
  • Working knowledge of at least one Middle Eastern and North African language
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving skills, and computer/technological skills, including project management
  • Effective oral, written communication and interpersonal skills

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