Metadata and Digital Projects Librarian

Chicago, Illinois
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Created: August 3, 2021


Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine seeks an innovative and energetic librarian to provide original and complex description, cataloging, and record maintenance for all formats of materials using current and appropriate descriptive and encoding standards. Working collaboratively, this full time non-tenure faculty librarian position will provide leadership in metadata and metadata projects that advance the strategic direction of the library and of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and contribute to digital preservation and archiving efforts, with a focus on discovery, interoperability, and engagement. This position will participate in secondary assignments based on qualifications, interests, and institutional need.


  1. Performs original and complex copy cataloging for all formats, including print, non-print, and digital resources - ensuring compliance with national and local standards, such as, MARC, RDA, AACR2, NACO, LCSH, MeSH, OCLC, NLM Classification, LC Classification and other appropriate cataloging and metadata standards;
  2. Evaluates and develops tools, workflows, and best practices for the creation and management of metadata related to print and electronic resources, digital projects, and other library initiatives;
  3. Systematically assesses metadata across library systems, and develops methods to enhance and improve quality for discovery and interoperability;
  4. Collaborates with and serves as a resource for faculty and staff in the Libraries on special projects involving non-MARC metadata and crosswalks;
  5. Assists with configurations and data models for library systems, including Alma/Primo, Galter's institutional repository, and ArchivesSpace;
  6. Assists with local LCSH/MeSH vocabulary mapping project, and identifies opportunities to integrate local data with national/international initiatives such as Wikidata;
  7. Identifies and pursues opportunities to improve resource discovery across library systems and through new formats such as linked data;
  8. Stays current on latest cataloging and metadata standards (e.g. RDA, MeSH, LCSH, FRBR, Dublin Core, MODS, EAD, METS, BIBFRAME, linked data, discovery, etc.);
  9. Assists with the creation of finding aids and accession records for materials in Special Collections, ensuring conformance with established local and national standards;
  10. Works with the department's Library Assistant to coordinate projects and identify opportunities for collaboration;
  11. Collaborates on projects of shared interest with library colleagues;
  12. Facilitates participatory decision-making among colleagues in the unit on work items, and in collaborative library projects;
  13. Contributes to library-wide planning activities and collaborates with colleagues on projects in areas of shared interest. Actively participates in library programs and services as appropriate;
  14. Manages projects to effectively and efficiently provide services. Seeks grant opportunities to fund innovation efforts;
  15. Participates in scholarly societies, attends academic conferences, and represents the library in relevant academic activities; and
  16. Performs other tasks and duties as assigned, relative to abilities and experience.


  1. Master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited program or international equivalent, or other appropriate degree or equivalent experience.
  2. Two (2) years post-MLS professional cataloging/metadata experience;
  3. Broad knowledge of cataloging and metadata workflows and services; knowledge of MARC, AACR2, NACO, LCSH, MeSH, LC and NLM classification, and emerging RDA standards; familiarity with standards-based non-MARC metadata schemas, such as Dublin Core, MODS, MADS, METS, EAD;
  4. Understanding of linked data standards and applications;
  5. Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively with a diverse population of faculty/staff, students, and colleagues.
  6. Evidence of professional initiative and problem-solving skills.
  7. Excellent analytical, interpersonal, time management, organizational and problem solving skills.
  8. Excellent written and oral communication skills; demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both in person and virtually using a variety of media and technologies.

Closing Date for Receipt of Applications: until filled

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Galter Health Sciences Library is a dynamic organization that shares Northwestern’s commitment to excellence, and fosters the creation and sharing of knowledge among the faculty, staff, and students of the Feinberg School of Medicine and its affiliates. The Library strives to improve and enhance health care through innovation and leadership in the delivery, management, and use of quality information to support the educational, research, and patient care needs of our users.

We strive to build and sustain an inclusive environment for our NU community and recognize the value of diversity in thought and perspective as we carry out our mission. Galter Library also encourages and supports a healthy work/life balance and we strive to support well-being at Northwestern for our team and our larger campus community. We strongly encourage people from all backgrounds to apply. Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Click for information on EEO is the Law. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

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