Cataloging/Metadata Librarian

Wellesley, MA
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Created: March 1, 2021


Job Description

Wellesley College seeks a knowledgeable, forward-looking, team-oriented Cataloging & Metadata Librarian to support user discovery of library resources at Wellesley College and beyond.  The Cataloging & Metadata Librarian makes the Library’s collections accessible through the description and intellectual organization of these collections, following current standards and best practices for cataloging and metadata.

Wellesley College is a private, nonprofit liberal arts college for women founded in 1870. With its rich mix of print, media, and online resources, the Library provides access to one of the finest undergraduate collections in the country.

Key responsibilities

As a member of the Library Collections team, performs original and copy-cataloging in a wide variety of languages and formats. Applies current standards, including RDA and MARC 21; utilizes controlled vocabularies, including Library of Congress authorities and other thesauri, and Library of Congress classification; follows best practices in specialized cataloging, such as rare materials, music, and audiovisual media.

Sets cataloging practice and priorities and manages workflows for cataloging print, media, and electronic resources. Serves as a point of contact for vendor services related to cataloging/authority control, resource discovery, and the integrated library system (ILS). Serves as the operational contact for institutional partners such as EAST and HathiTrust.

In collaboration with the Systems Librarian, maintains proper functioning of the ILS and other library systems and platforms, including the link resolver, discovery layers, and digital collections platforms; ensures the ILS’s ongoing operability in response to changes in MARC standards that affect record loading, indexing for search, and display of catalog records.

Maintains and continuously improves the overall quality of records in the library catalog. Generates bibliographic and holdings data from the library catalog to support the work of collection development.

Working with the Assistant Director for Discovery Services, organizes digital assets in the College’s institutional repository and other platforms, and contributes to the creation and ongoing maintenance of digital collections metadata.

Required qualifications

Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent.

3-5 years’ experience as a cataloger in a library (academic preferred).

Broad understanding of the mission of higher education and the required support of library resources. 

Ability to catalog materials at a high level of productivity in a variety of languages and formats, including rare books and manuscripts in Special Collections. Deep knowledge of content/format standards and best practices in cataloging/metadata.

Ability to manage MARC record sets for large e-resource collections, and to load MARC records into the catalog from multiple vendors.

A commitment to access, equity, diversity, and inclusion through remediation of institutional biases inherent in cataloging and metadata. 

Strong communication skills. Ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively as part of a team.

Preferred qualifications

Experience cataloging music.

Experience adding content and metadata to an institutional repository, preferably Islandora.

Familiarity with MODS and other metadata schemas.

Facility using Excel and Google apps.

EEO Statement

Wellesley College is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we are committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Wellesley College and all its subcontractors shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60–1.4(a), 60–300.5(a) and 60–741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that Wellesley College and all of its subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status. Candidates who believe they can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply

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