Cataloging and Metadata Specialist

Pittsburgh, PA
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Salary: $50,000+
Created: April 10, 2023


Carnegie Mellon University prides itself on collaborative, interdisciplinary, pragmatic, groundbreaking research--- and that spirit carries into its Libraries. We are seeking a Cataloging and Metadata Specialist to work as part of the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries Resource and Discovery Services (RADS) Department. This is a unique opportunity to expand expertise in the areas of cataloging and metadata to improve access to the library's physical and electronic resources. Reporting to the head of RADS, you will contribute to the department by providing original and complex cataloging, metadata description, and record maintenance for all formats of library resources. You will also collaborate across library departments as needed to consult on metadata issues, and help to identify and coordinate projects to improve the currency, accuracy, and interoperability of the library's metadata.

Core responsibilities include:

  • Provide original and complex copy cataloging for all physical formats of library materials using MARC, AACR2, RDA, Library of Congress (LC) Classification, LC Subject Headings, and other relevant resources and standards

  • Work with the department's cataloging Library Specialist to coordinate and optimize cataloging workflows

  • Coordinate and assist with special projects involving cataloging, database maintenance, and non-MARC metadata in collaboration with colleagues in RADS and other library departments

  • Assist with the management of the library's electronic resource inventory, troubleshooting discovery and access issues

  • Coordinate the maintenance and enhancement of the library's authority records, creating new authority records as needed

  • Assist with efforts to align the library's descriptive practices with local priorities and evolving best practices for diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • Participate in testing and implementing new collections, features, and configurations for the library's discovery tool, Primo

Flexibility, excellence, and passion are vital qualities within the University Libraries. Inclusion, collaboration and cultural sensitivity are valued competencies at CMU. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who is able to effectively interact with a varied population of internal and external partners at a high level of integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the university through their work.

Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree

  • 5 years of relevant cataloging, metadata, or database maintenance experience

  • Familiarity with current and emerging cataloging and metadata standards (e.g. MARC21, RDA, ISBD, LCSH, FRBR, IFLA LRM, Dublin Core, MODS, EAD, BIBFRAME, RDF, etc.)

Preferred qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Library and Information Science from and ALA-accredited institution

  • Experience working in an Alma/Primo environment, including knowledge of Alma's Community Zone for electronic resource management

  • Familiarity with batch record editing processes and related tools such as Excel, MarcEdit, or OpenRefine

  • Familiarity with name authority standards and/or NACO training

  • Familiarity with metadata workflows from a variety of library systems, such as institutional repositories, archival managements systems, and digital asset management systems

  • Experience running and analyzing reports with bibliographic metadata

  • Experience working in an academic library setting and knowledge of current trends in scholarly communication affecting metadata practices

  • Ability to learn new systems, technologies, and standards, and interest in keeping up with current trends related to metadata

  • Excellent attention to detail, problem solving, and organizational skills

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • Ability to work independently and in collaborative group settings


  • Successful background check


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The application must be submitted through the Careers @ CMU platform (posting 2019651) and should include a cover letter and CV/resume.


Published: Thursday, April 13, 2023 00:18 UTC

Last updated: Thursday, April 13, 2023 00:18 UTC