Cataloging and Metadata Librarian

Philadelphia, PA
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Salary: $58,000 minimum
Created: March 4, 2022


The Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) in Philadelphia, PA, is hiring a full-time, permanent Cataloging and Metadata Librarian. This position oversees and performs cataloging and metadata work at PHS and does original cataloging of complex and rare materials; manages and maintains catalog software and liaises with vendors; leads efforts to implement a reparative and inclusive approach to description; and contributes to remote reference.

Basic Commitment

This position calls for a basic commitment to the mission of the Presbyterian Historical Society, the Office of the General Assembly, and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as well as a commitment to continue to dismantle white supremacy, sexism and racism in the Office of the General Assembly and the PC(USA).  The position fosters collaboration, innovation and openness with colleagues, constituents and the wider church.

Job Duties

1.       Assess PHS collection materials needing electronic catalog records. Prioritize and develop strategy for original and copy cataloging, record enhancement, and re-cataloging projects.

2.       Perform original and complex copy cataloging for a variety of formats, including monographs, serials, manuscripts, audiovisual materials, and archival collections. Create and revise name authority (NACO) records.

3.       Establish, implement, and document workflows for automated and manual catalog and database maintenance, including batch import of records, global editing, and record enhancement.

4.       Oversee and train staff in copy cataloging. Supervise one full-time Archives Technician.

5.       Manage relationships with catalog software vendors and oversee performance of and upgrades to the Koha integrated library system (Calvin) and Presto integrated databases (Sheppard) and assist with troubleshooting software issues.

6.       Lead and advise staff on efforts to implement a reparative and inclusive approach to bibliographic, archival, and digital content description, including development of associated policies and maintenance of terminology crosswalks.

7.       Participate in metadata crosswalking, cleanup, and migration projects for digital collections.

8.       Maintain awareness of, and engagement with, national and international trends and developments in cataloging and metadata standards, including learning about and planning for linked data and reparative approaches to classification and description. Share information on these issues with staff.

9.     Contribute to remote reference (10% of time).

10.   Other duties as assigned by the supervisor or the Office of the General Assembly.


·         At least three years of professional cataloging experience working with a variety of formats.

·         Experience working with an integrated library system, OCLC Connexion or another national bibliographic utility, and related cataloging tools (i.e. Cataloger’s Desktop, RDA Toolkit, Classification Web).

·         Significant knowledge of and ability to apply the following cataloging standards: Anglo-American Cataloging Rules (AACR2), Resource Description and Access (RDA), Describing Archives : A Content Standard (DACS), Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), Library of Congress Classification (LCC), and MARC21 formats for bibliographic and authority data.

·         Experience with batch-loading records and performing global changes.

·         Experience with a national cooperative cataloging program such as PCC (NACO).

·         Knowledge of metadata standards for digital collections, such as MODS.

·         Strong attention to detail and accuracy with information as well as good communication skills (both written and verbal).

·         Ability to work independently and collaboratively, remain flexible when needs and goals change, and work well in a small office setting.

Desired Qualifications

·         Experience with rare book cataloging and use of DCRM(B).

·         Experience cataloging serials.

·         At least two years of supervisory experience.

·         Knowledge of linked open data standards, systems and formats (RDF, JSON-LD, SKOS, OWL, SPARQL,, Wikidata etc.)

·         Experience remediating large sets of metadata using tools such as Open Refine.

·         Experience providing written reference responses to patrons.

·         Working knowledge of one or more non-English languages.


Master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited institution.

Sensory or Physical Requirements

Must be able to do extensive computer work, move 35 lb. boxes, and stoop and stretch to pull and move books.

Reports to

Director of Programs and Services


Archives Technician

Salary Range

$58,000 minimum


We believe that a balanced life, with time for work, leisure, and spiritual nurture, makes us healthier and more productive colleagues. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) offers a competitive benefits package including Medical, Dental, Pension Plan, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Flexible Spending accounts, 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan, Vacation Days, Sick Days, and Paid Holidays.

Presbyterian Church (USA) is committed to being not only an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer as defined by the U.S. government, but with the inclusion of gender identity and sexual orientation as well.

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Published: Friday, March 4, 2022 21:09 UTC

Last updated: Friday, March 4, 2022 21:09 UTC