Catalog/Metadata Librarian

New Haven, CT
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Salary: 65,000 minimum for Librarian 1
Created: October 12, 2022


The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University seeks a Catalog/Metadata Librarian who will work with the Black Bibliography Project (BBP, for the first three years after hire. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the BBP is entering an exciting new phase. From 2017 to 2019, the project worked to create a framework for recording structured data about Black print culture in all its variety. A linked data model was developed and tested using the Wikibase platform. Now, the BBP is preparing to scale up and implement sustainable production workflows. The Catalog/Metadata Librarian will play an important role in designing plans for quality assurance, identity management, and iterative data modeling. This position provides a unique opportunity to apply knowledge of descriptive bibliography and African American studies in a data-centric framework. It is a permanent position that will continue fulfilling rare book cataloging responsibilities after the initial three-year period focused on the BBP.


The position will be assigned a rank of Librarian 1 to Librarian 3, with a minimum starting salary of $65,000 for Librarian 1. This position may be eligible to work remotely up to two days per week.


Example areas of focus for the Catalog/Metadata Librarian include:

  • Name authority control and identity management focused on Black print culture and its social networks.
  • Collaboration with other project members on the design, development, and implementation of the BBP data model.
  • Working to implement the Yale Library’s new Framework for Responsible Metadata Operations, which is intended to transform metadata workflows and practices at Yale and implement critical cataloging principles across the library.

Please feel free to get in touch with any questions about the position!

Last updated: Wednesday, October 12, 2022 21:35 UTC